Brazilian still with no exit in sight opens door to Portuguese centre-back
With five power stations in the squad, this number should decrease until the transfer market closes, with two names on the table: João Victor and… Tomás Araújo. The Brazilian was being negotiated to be borrowed, but remains unresolved, which could « force » the departure of the young Portuguese defender.
Clubs from Spain, namely Las Palmas, and France have expressed interest in João Victor, who was transferred to Nantes last season after signing from Corinthians for 9.5 million euros. He was tried at right back last pre-season to shadow Bah in the position, but Roger Schmidt asked for a grassroots player to fill the spot.
However, even due to the high salary that the Brazilian earns, SAD has not yet reached an agreement for his departure. If he stays, he will count as one of the elements for the defense axis, which will leave Tomás Araújo, back after loaning to Gil Vicente, with even less space to play. Valued for his performances in the last season and for the seal of training in Seixal, in addition to a much lower salary, the 21-year-old center will be more likely to leave, having arrived at Luz several polls to secure his services.