Copa América standouts eye transfers to top European clubs

Brazil forward Everton was the top-scorer at the 2019 Copa America, while Paraguay shot-stopper Gatito Fernandez won the most player of the match awards at the tournament.

Published : Jul 09, 2019 23:25 IST

Brazil skipper Dani Alves, at 36, was named the best player of Copa America 2019.
Brazil skipper Dani Alves, at 36, was named the best player of Copa America 2019.

Brazil skipper Dani Alves, at 36, was named the best player of Copa America 2019.

Now that the Copa America is over, several standout South American players are looking to transfer to top clubs in Europe. Some could be less expensive now than later, while others are good bargains who have never played for an European team.


The 36-year-old right back and Brazil captain was joking about his status as he left the Maracana Stadium after winning the Copa America and being chosen the best player of the tournament.

“I have no national team matches, no club to go to. Can you find me a job?” he said.

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Alves’ contract with Paris Saint-Germain has expired, and he is free to go anywhere as long as he can keep winning.

Alves dribbled, made deep passes, defended and scored a goal. He has lifted astonishing 40 trophies in his professional career and is still very fit. He played all 90 minutes in several of Brazil’s tournament matches, and could also become a midfielder to extend his career.


The 23-year-old left winger only played because of Neymar’s injury and became a key member of the Copa America-winning team.

Everton matched Peru’s Paolo Guerrero as the top scorer of the tournament with three goals. A gifted dribbler, he has the flair of the best Brazilian players.

Gremio winger Everton is a transfer target for a number of Premier League clubs.

He can score from long range and is becoming a better player without the ball. Known at home as “Cebolinha,” a reference to a popular Brazilian comic-book character, Everton, who shares a name with a Premier League stalwart, has already hinted England or Spain would be his preferred destination.

Brazilian club Gremio set Everton’s transfer fee at 80 million euros ($89.7 million), a price that could go up after his performances in the tournament. Scouts will be able to see him in action for his club on Wednesday.


No one was picked as man of the match in the Copa America more often than the goalkeeper who plays for Brazil’s Botafogo. The 31-year-old Fernandez had four solid matches, including a memorable quarterfinal performance against Brazil in which he made eight saves, three of them spectacular, during regular time.

Even before the tournament, Fernandez had been considering a move to fulfill his dreams of playing for a competitive European side for the first time in his career. Rio de Janeiro-based Botafogo is dealing with financial trouble and needs to make some money out of its sole hero.

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The Paraguayan, who is the son of legendary stopper Gato Fernandez, has already been linked to Porto. The website Transfermarkt estimated his value before the Copa America at $2.5 million.


If not for the River Plate goalkeeper, superstar Lionel Messi wouldn’t have made it out of the Copa America group stage. The 32-year-old Armani saved a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Paraguay that kept his team in the tournament. The stopper was the high point of Argentina’s defense, which is still unstable.

Deemed by many as the best goalkeeper in South America, Armani looks set to play in Europe for the first time in his career. He has improved his foot game in recent years and kept his cool during turbulent times with Argentina. His agent said European clubs are reaching out with offers, but none of them has been accepted so far. Transfermarkt estimated his value at $7.85 million.

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