A little over a month before the reopening of the transfer window in Brazil, the Corinthians board placed the right back as one of the priorities to reinforce the squad. Brazilian Yan Couto, a 20-year-old Manchester City player, became one of the targets.
Sold by Coritiba to City in March 2020, when he was still 17 years old, the winger has now entered the radar of Corinthians, who are looking for a loan in July, with an option to buy.
At the moment, two are the obstacles encountered by Timão: City’s lack of definition regarding its use in the 2023/24 season, which will depend on a decision by coach Pep Guardiola, and also a possible veto by Grupo City in reinforcing a Bahia rival. , which belongs to this network of clubs owned by the company, in Série A of the Brasileirão.
World champion with the under-17 national team in 2019 with Corinthians Matheus Donelli and Matheus Araújo, he sees his return to a big club in Brazil as a good showcase to return to the radar of the Brazilian national team. With a Portuguese passport, he has already been asked to defend the Portuguese national team and is evaluating the alternatives.
In Europe, there are already three seasons. In 20/21, he played on loan for the same Girona, with 29 appearances, two goals and five assists. In 21/22, he was transferred to Braga, where he made 42 appearances, one goal and four assists. Back at Girona for 22/23, there are 24 matches, with a goal and two assists.
Yan Couto went to Manchester City in 2020; see interview with the side
The loan with the Spanish team ends on June 30, while the contract with City is valid for two more seasons, until the middle of 2025. What can help at this moment is the good relationship of businessman Marcelo Robalinho, from ThinkBall, with Corinthians board. The parties maintain frequent conversations and are still trying to solve the debt that the club owes to former midfielder Jadson.
Corinthians currently has Fagner, 33, and Rafael Ramos, 28, as right-backs. With Vanderlei Luxemburgo, defender Bruno Méndez, 23, entered the sector in the last two games and had good performances. He has a contract until December and may not stay until 2024.
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