October 1, 2023
Deal with Russian club falls through, and winger Welington stays in São Paulo

Deal with Russian club falls through, and winger Welington stays in São Paulo

There were long days of negotiations, with an agreement reached, but Welington will remain at São Paulo at least until the end of the year. The sale of the athlete to CSKA, from Russia, fell due to the time needed to complete the international transfer.

Trivela reported the agreement between the two parties earlier. But for the agreement to become official, it was necessary to complete all necessary procedures by the end of this Thursday (14), the closing date of the transfer window in Russian football.

O Football in the Vein found that there would not be enough time to register the transfer in FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) until this Thursday (14). This is the mechanism used by the entity to record international negotiations. Only based on this record could Welington be signed up by CSKA.

The left-back missed most of the season due to surgery on his left ankle. Even so, it continued to rise in the market. Brentford, from England, was another club interested in signing the full-back. But São Paulo resisted the British club’s attacks.


Revealed in the club’s youth categories, Welington debuted as a professional for Tricolor in 2020, when he played in two matches. He gained more space in 2021 and became an absolute starter in 2022. The full-back opened the current season as owner of the position, but the injury to his left ankle caused him to lose rank.

Recovered from the problem, Welington had been Caio Paulista’s reserve in the position. He even gained more space, due to his teammate’s muscle injury, who returned to action last Wednesday. In total, the full-back has played 103 games for São Paulo, with two goals and nine assists.

Welington was absent from São Paulo in the 2-1 defeat to Inter, last Wednesday (13), at Beira-Rio, in the Brasileirão. But the reason had nothing to do with the negotiation. The full-back was on duty with the Brazilian pre-Olympic team for a friendly in Morocco. He returned to Brazil on Tuesday (12). Now, he is available for the final of the Copa do Brasil, with the first game this Sunday (17th), at 4pm (Brasília time), at Maracanã, against Flamengo.

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