Gustavo Scarpa yesterday signed a pre-contract with Nottingham Forest, confirming that he will leave Palmeiras by the end of his contract in December 2022.
According to reports, Scarpa had in his hands a proposal to renew with Palmeiras and receive a pay check greater than what on offer from Nottingham Forest, but the offensive midfielder’s desire to play in Europe tilted the decision in favor of the Premier League side.
Scarpa arrived at Palmeiras in 2018 and has played 209 games so far, scoring 39 goals and bagged seven title with the Big Green: Brazilian League (2018), São Paulo state championship (2020 and 2022), Brazil Cup (2020), Libertadores Cup (2020 and 2021), and Recopa (2022).
Since the debut of Gustavo Scarpa in the Brasileirão, he has assisted in 52 goals, tied in second with Giorgian de Arrascaeta and behind Dudu (55). He has created 449 chances, coming in third, behind Dudu (477) and Lucas Lima (491).
There was a possibility that Scarpa would leave right away to start the European season with the rest of his new teammates, but Palmeiras was less interested in the financial compensation, preferring to count on the midfielder’s services until the end of the season. Palmeiras do not have an immediate substitute for Scarpa: Anderson Barros will now scout the market to find a replacement for a player who has substantially grown in importance since the arrival of coach Abel Ferreira.
Scarpa will be missed, but, at least, we have six more months to prepare for the farewell.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!
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by Augusto Anteghini Oazi & Kristian Bengtson