Palmeiras sign Colombian U-20 star striker Iván Angulo

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Palmeiras have announced they will exercise the buying option for striker Iván Angulo, on loan at the club since mid-January. The Colombian is one of the highlights of his National squad, currently in Poland competing in the U-20 World Cup.

Angulo comes at a price tag of US$ 3 million and is expected to sign a five-year contract with Palmeiras. Colombian side Envigado have a history of revealing great players, such as midfielder James Rodriguez, currently (but not for much longer) at Bayern Munich. Reportedly, Manchester City were keen on securing a future deal with Palmeiras involving Angulo, but negotiations did not advance.

angulo_croppedCoach Luiz Felipe Scolari stressed he will be cautious with Angulo and his transition. “It’s very different to play in the U-20 and the first team. U-20 is boys, very easy. The first team, something totally different. Angulo’s playing very well, but he’s not training with us. At the moment, I cannot say much”.

Angulo was the highlight of the Palmeiras side that won the U-20 Brazil Cup earlier this year. As observed by a Palmeiras member of staff of the youth divisions: He’s fast, objective, a killer. And is gifted with some 50 lungs”.

May you shine bright at Palmeiras, Iván Angulo!

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