Given the influence of the Premier League over the past 20 years, it’s no surprise to learn that almost 50 players from Brazil have played in the English top flight at one stage or another.
A nation with incredible football tradition, the Selecao have consistently produced great players, particularly in the last two decades, and whilst the national team has suffered a brief lull in recent times, they appear to be on the rise once again.
That was shown in the 2-0 victory over Team GB on Friday night, with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro and Santos starlet Neymar scoring the goals in a warm-up for this summer’s Olympic tournament.
Whilst the later is one of the hottest properties in world football right now, his future appears set at Santos, with the 20-year-old noting on a number of occasions that he’s hoping to remain in his homeland until the 2014 World Cup.
After that, it’s a transfer free-for-all, and it is hard to see the 18-cap international going anywhere other than Spain, and more specifically Barcelona, at the current time.
So what might sway the player towards England? One potentially decisive factor could be the number of international teammates playing in the Premier League.
Lucas Leiva is at Liverpool, Rafael and Fabio Da Silva currently ply their trade at Manchester United, whilst David Luiz and Ramires are integral parts of the Chelsea side.
The later two teams are also poised to add to their Brazilian contingent, with Lucas Moura reportedly on the way to Old Trafford from Sao Paulo, whilst Oscar is on the verge of joining Chelsea from Internacional after confirming he’d taken part in a medical.
"We haven't reached an agreement for the player. We've shown an interest but until such time as we get a deal agreed we can't say he's our player," said Sir Alex Ferguson on Moura this morning.
"I only had a meeting with the doctor, nothing else. I haven't signed any contract yet," revealed Oscar with regards to a Stamford Bridge switch.
Arsenal full-back Andre Santos has also earned 22-caps for his country, whilst strikers Hulk and Leandro Damiao have both been heavily linked with moves to England this summer, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur both reportedly keen.
Highly-rated midfielder Ganso has also been linked with a move, and all these links suggest that a new influx of Brazilian players could well be making their way to British shores.
Players before them have had mixed success, with the likes of Juninho and Robinho countered by Kleberson and Roque Junior.
To suggest that Brazilian players have had mixed success on these shores is putting it lightly, and it’s a different debate to discuss just why that is. Style of play, language barriers and coaching methods would all be points to consider.
However, the Premier League's current crop have all enjoyed success, and there is nothing to suggest that Lucas Moura and Oscar won't be doing the same if they complete their moves before the end of this summer's transfer window.
Their moves could pave the way for other samba starlets to choose the Premier League over other options, and will only help strengthen the division's position as one of the best in the world.
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