NEWCASTLE AND BARCELONA COULD ENGAGE IN TRANSFER WAR

Newcastle United want Andrey Santos but Barcelona are trying to hatch a plan to sign the Vasco da Gama talent before the Magpies make their move. The Magpies already have a couple of Brazilian midfield stars in Eddie Howe’s ranks. Joelinton has rebranded himself, going from goal-shy striker to all-action midfielder under Howe. Bruno Guimaraes arrived in January and has taken the Premier League by storm, turning in some outstanding displays for Newcastle. Newcastle could end up with an all-Brazilian midfield though with another South American star wanted.

BRAZIL THRASH GHANA IN FRIENDLY

Five-time world champions Brazil ran out 3-0 winners when they took on African side Ghana in an international friendly clash played at Stade Oceane in Le Havre on Friday night. The Brazilians scored all their goals in the first half on the way to a comfortable victory over the Black Stars of Ghana.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: VINICIUS SCORES AGAINST CELTIC

Brazil international Vinicius Junior scored one of the goals as Real Madrid began the defence of their Champions League title with the group stage clash with Celtic. The Brazil national team star was responsible for the only goal of the game as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final last season to make it title number 14 in the competition. Real Madrid have won twice as much as any other team in the history of the competition.

MARTINELLI, RODRIGO HOPING TO MAINTAIN FORM

Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli and Leeds United star Rodrigo Moreno would be hoping to maintain their fantastic form to the new Premier League campaign this weekend. The two players have scored in each of the two league games played for their respective teams this season.

SECOND-TIER CLUB NOW WANT TO SIGN £66M STAR IN TALKS WITH ARSENAL

Brazilian side Gremio are reportedly interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo, with the Serie A star rumoured to be in talks with Arsenal over a potential move. According to Tuttosport, Arthur’s former side have registered an interest in the 25-year-old as Juventus look to offload the South American this summer, with the midfielder no longer a part of Massimilano Allegri’s plans for the upcoming season.

9 GOALS IN 6 GAMES; CRYSTAL PALACE AND FULHAM TARGET IN STUNNING FORM

Flamengo striker Pedro has now scored nine goals in five games since being linked with Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Fulham by Tuttomercatoweb. A fortnight ago, ESPN ran a piece suggesting that 25-year-old Pedro could be a surprise star for Brazil at the Qatar World Cup. The striker’s current form certainly suggests they’re onto something, with the Flamengo talisman enjoying a patch as purple as a certain signing dinosaur.

REPORT: NOTTINGHAM FOREST WANT GUSTAVO SCARPA THIS SUMMER

Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos are both trying to sign Palmeiras attacker Gustavo Scarpa, according to UOL Sport. The Brazilian outfit are not particularly keen on a sale for their star man, although they are in talks with both clubs. It’s claimed in the report that Olympiacos showed the strongest interest with Forest now emerging as contenders to sign him. Palmeiras are expected to stand firm and signing the player is unlikely to be easy during the summer transfer window.

WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE MOST FOOTBALL PLAYERS PLAYING ABROAD?

According to research conducted by the CIES Football Observatory group, Brazil have the largest number of footballers playing overseas. According to the CIES Football Observatory (Center for International Sport Studies) in Switzerland, Brazil is the world’s top exporter of football players. On May 9, the research went online.

LIVERPOOL, BARCELONA INTERESTED IN ANDRE TRINDADE

Barcelona and Liverpool are reportedly among clubs keeping tabs on the development of Brazilian midfield sensation Andre Trindade. According to Brazilian publication NETFLU, Fluminense midfield prospect Andre Trindade is attracting a lot of interest from clubs in Europe, with giants Liverpool and Barcelona setting their sights on the 20-year-old.

JESUS SCORES FOR SECOND SUCCESSIVE GAME

Brazil international Gabriel Jesus has now scored in two successive gamesfor Manchester City after he found the back of the net during the 4-3 win at home to Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal tie. The Brazil national team star made it five goals in his last two City games when he doubled the advantage for his team after Kevin De Bruyne had given the Premier League champions the lead via a header.

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