Sonar pings #125 – player updates

With the all-consuming turbulence surrounding Felipão’s dismissal and the arrival of Mano Menezes, it is easy to lose sight of other important matters. What follows is a recap of last couple of weeks’ events.

New 3rd kit
On 23 August, Palmeiras and PUMA launched the season’s third kit, paying tribute to the club’s 105 anniversary. For the first time, there was female player participation in the campaign, defensive midfielder Maressa representing the squad. 

Cabral to Basel
Forward Arthur Cabral has moved to Switzerland, where he defends Basel for the rest of the season. The 2018 Ceará firecracker never received (or deserved?) significant opportunities at Palmeiras, even with Borja discredited and loose cannon Deyverson the only other available options. There is probably much more to this than meets the eye. In any case, good luck to Cabral; may the 21-year-old return stronger and more motivated next year – either that or secure his permanent transfer for an interesting figure. 

Mayke injured
Against Grêmio for the Brasileirão, right-defender Mayke suffered an injury to the adductor tendon of his right leg, needing surgery. Palmeiras have not informed when he’s expected back on the pitch.  

Vitão to Shakhtar
vitãoOne of the more interesting players in Palmeiras’ youth divisions – centre-back Vitão – last week signed a 5-year agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk. Palmeiras, holder of 60% of the player’s economic rights, received €4 million from the Ukrainian club. The 19-year-old, captain of Brazil’s U20 national squad, only played one game in Palmeiras’ A-team and his sudden departure frustrated many supporters. Palmeiras’ cash flow is not as strong as many seem to believe.

Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!

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