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Brazilian football feeling the impact of Chinese Super League millions

Jurgen Klopp, Guus Hiddink and Manuel Pellegrini have offered their thoughts on the Chinese Super League's spending spree this year.

Football fans in Brazil are used to seeing top players leave the domestic league but at the start of 2016, there's a growing trend to worry about. The country's best players are being snapped up with ever-increasing regularity -- and no longer just by the grand old clubs of Europe, but by the rising powerhouses of Asia. For supporters, it is concerning.

Since the end of Brazil's national championship in December, a clutch of the 2015 season's standout performers have joined the exodus to China,...

 By Simon Kuper

Meet Gabigol, the Brazilian teenager who could be the next Neymar

Gabigol, 19, plays for Santos, the Brazilian club of a young Pele and Neymar.

"Personally I am always seeking the goal," the new hope of Brazilian soccer, Gabigol, tells me on the phone from his home in Santos. Watching a video of the 19-year-old, you see what he means. This delicate left-footer is a very direct forward, an unusually quick passer and shooter by today's leisurely Brazilian standards. There is a touch of Thierry Henry about the way he keeps looking and places the ball carefully into the corner of the net, instead of blasting blindly.

Gabigol -- real name Gabriel...

 By PA Sport

Monaco complete signing of defender Jemerson from Atletico Mineiro

Jemerson celebrates a goal for Atletico MG.

Monaco have signed Brazilian defender Jemerson from Atletico Mineiro.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the principality side after the two clubs agreed a fee reported to be in the region of €10 million (£7.6m).

Jemerson, who has been given the No. 5 shirt, told his new club's official website: "I am very proud to sign for AS Monaco. This is a big club where a lot of great players have come through, and I'll be doing all I can to be one of them.

"I want to help the...

Chelsea complete Alexandre Pato loan signing from Corinthians

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno feels Alexandre Pato has been given a second chance as he now joins Chelsea.
Alexandre Pato arrives in London ahead of his Chelsea medical, where he cannot wait to begin.
With Alexandre Pato making the switch to the Premier League, here's a glimpse at a few highlights from his time in Brazil.

Alexandre Pato has completed a six-month loan move from Corinthians to Chelsea, the Premier League champions have announced.

Last week, sources told ESPN Brasil that Pato, 26, had reached a verbal agreement to join the Blues, and the striker flew to London on Tuesday to undergo a medical and finalise the deal.

"I am so happy to sign for Chelsea," Pato said. "It is a dream for me. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know my new teammates and cannot wait to play.

"I thank Chelsea for their...

Chelsea's Alexandre Pato loan deal not a gamble - Guus Hiddink

With Alexandre Pato making the switch to the Premier League, here's a glimpse at a few highlights from his time in Brazil.
Alexandre Pato arrives in London ahead of his Chelsea medical, where he cannot wait to begin.
The ESPN FC team debate who they believe has a better chance of making an impact in the EPL: Adebayor or Pato.

LONDON -- Guus Hiddink says the loan signing of Alexandre Pato is not a gamble but admits it is up to the Brazilian to prove he can succeed at Chelsea.

Pato arrived in London on Wednesday to finalise the details of a six-month move to Stamford Bridge as the Premier League champions move to provide further cover for first-choice striker Diego Costa, who limped out of Sunday's 1-0 win over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium with a minor knee problem.

Questions have been raised about Pato's imminent return...