Top Brazilian prospects destined for Europe

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The Brazilian League has always been a source of players for European clubs.

In this last transfer window, Neymar was sold to Barcelona and Bernard to Shakhtar. But what young players can follow in their footsteps and move to Europe?

There are lots of Brazilian footballers that dream of playing in Europe. The prospect of playing in stronger leagues and alongside international stars attracts them.

Here, GMS Academy member Fabricio Santos looks at those prospects most likely to make the move to Europe sooner rather than later.


Doria is a left-footed defender from Botafogo, the same club as Clarence Seedorf. He is considered one of the best young central defenders from Brazil, alongside Marquinhos, that is now playing in PSG.

Only 18-years-old, he has already played a match for his national team. Dória is a different defender. He is intelligent, has great passing and unique vision of the game, just like Thiago Silva.

Juventus tried to sign the youngster already early this summer, but Botafogo were reluctant to sell Brazil's hottest prospect. European clubs should keep an eye on him for the near future.

Leandro Damião

Although Damião never played outside Brazil, he is already well-known in Europe.

The 24-year-old striker had featured in 17 matches for Brazil, scoring three goals. He has a powerful header, good positioning and is really strong.

Damião would fit perfectly in Premier League. Tottenham, Liverpool and Juventus were appointed as possible destinations for the striker, but his €50 million release clause was considered an obstacle.

Brazilian's put a lot of faith in the striker, hoping that he can take the place of legends, such as Ronaldo and Romário.

Nicolás Lodeiro

Lodeiro is another Botafogo player. The Uruguayan is a creative playmaker that can score several goals and give lots of assist. He started in his former country as a great prospect, and a year later big European clubs wanted him.

Nico moved to Ajax in 2010 for about €4 million. The wonderkid suffered from injuries during his period in Netherlands and decided to return to South America. Since his arrival in Brazil, the Uruguay international has been shining.

Lodeiro learned a lot from Seedorf, and is now more mature and prepared for Europe. A player with his quality and youth would be very useful for European clubs searching for attacking midfielders that can change the game quickly.

In my opinion, Porto or Atlético Madrid should sign Lodeiro in the next transfer window.


Labelled the next Neymar, the 19-year-old Santos starlet can make a move to Europe in the near future. He plays as left winger, has impressive dribbling skills and can use his speed wisely.

Santos is probably going to refuse offers for the youngster in the near future, but in a period of two years, he has high chances of playing in Europe.

Tottenham were interested in the hot prospect, but at just 19, he wouldn't have space in Villas-Boas' team, especially with the arrival of Lamela and Chadli.

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