Although Cuca and directors say the squad is closed, inevitably there will be some movement. While keeping intact the starting eleven contenders, minor adjustments have recently been made:
Jonathan Cristaldo last week left for Mexican Cruz Azul. At Palmeiras, the extremely charismatic forward turned into a talisman of sorts, sparsely used but often proven decisive when so, scoring important last-minute goals. Palmeiras paid R$ 8 million when signing the Argentine in August of 2014, accepting the offer of R$ 10 million to now let him go. The deal satisfies all parties: Cristaldo was not happy as benchwarmer and Palmeiras have enough players with similar characteristics in the squad. In total, the 27-year-old played 76 games for Palmeiras, scoring 20 goals. On social media, the club posted the gif below, thanking Cristaldo and wishing him the best of luck. So does Anything Palmeiras!
Rafael Marques has only played six games so far in the Brasileirão and would be allowed to defend another first division team already this season (the limit is seven games). Albeit not particularly happy with all the bench time, the forward has announced his intention to remain at the club, even with several teams making informal enquiries regarding his situation. Palmeiras have been equally firm: Rafa Marques stays.
Leandro Pereira is back at Palmeiras, the club having successfully concluded negoti-ations with Club Brugge for a one-year loan. In his first spell at Palmeiras, Leandro scored 10 goals in 30 games before leaving for Belgium, where he did not excel. The 25-year old’s wish to return coincided with Barrios’ streak of injuries and Alecsandro’s doping suspension. The 190 cm tall striker is already training with the squad, regaining stamina after 20 days of vacation. Welcome back and good luck, Leandro!
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