The year may only be in its second month and we are two days away from Jhon Arias’ first match in 2024, but when talking about the Colombian the impression is that he has not stopped playing at any point. Best on the field in the 4-1 defeat of Bangu, the player shows that it is possible to increase the charm of the Tricolor fans even after two seasons of playing at the highest level.
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Arias stayed in shape and trained with personal trainers during the holidays. Not surprisingly, in addition to the two goals last Thursday, he also provided an assist (a little unintentionally, it’s true) and gave the impression of being everywhere on the field.
Since 2022, the Colombian has scored 30 goals and 37 assists in 123 games for Fluminense. No player among the clubs that competed in Serie A of the Brasileirão made more passes for goals than the Colombian. In a team that has Cano, scorer of 84 goals in the last two seasons, it is even easier to be a waiter.
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Fluminense waited for Arias to return from vacation to resolve some bureaucratic issues with him. One of them is the desire to buy another 50% of their economic rights, something seen as difficult. He was hired in 2021 for US$600,000 (around R$3 million at the time). Since then, Tricolor has been talking to Patriotas, owner of the other 50%, to increase its percentage. The problem is that this slice has no fixed value, and the Colombians are aiming for record profits.
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Internally, there is not the slightest sign of discontent from Jhon Arias, both in the months he spent in Laranjeiras and now. He has already rejected two proposals from Zenit, from Russia: in the first, the value was 12 million euros (around R$63 million); in the second, he refused before the amounts were put on paper because he was not interested in working in Russia.
With one fewer game than in 2022, Arias finished last season with the same number of assists (17) and 12 goals scored in 61 games. In 2024, he debuted against Bangu scoring two goals, which gives a good indication of what the year could be like.
Check out the press conference by coach Fernando Diniz, from Fluminense
The next game may not have Arias on the field. The tendency is for Fluminense’s main players to be spared from the match against Boavista, in Bacaxá, on Sunday, at 4pm (Brasília time). Flu leads the Guanabara Cup with 13 points in five games, four ahead of fifth place. The four best placed qualify for the State semi-final, with the first two having the advantage of a draw in the semi.
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