According to Brazilian reporter Andre Hernan on his YouTube channel, Sao Paulo defender Luizao might sign for West Ham United “in the next few days” as David Moyes’ team battles Premier League rival Fulham.
Apparently, lightning does strike twice. Sao Paulo is feeling a touch ruffled and burnt around the edges once more.
One of the biggest clubs in Brazil lost Marquinhos to Arsenal during the summer for under £3 million after encountering issues with the winger’s contract.
Only a few months later, Sao Paulo tried and failed to prolong Luizao’s stay at the Morumbi beyond the January transfer window, and now one of their most promising indigenous players is moving to England for a fraction of his market worth.
“Luizao will sign a pre-contract with West Ham in England,” Hernan says of the 20-year-old centre-back.
A refreshing act of dedication to the team that provided him his chance to play professionally, Luizao “made it clear that he would like to see Sao Paulo receive financial compensation,” the writer continued.
However, given that the young person is departing under a bit of a cloud, it now appears doubtful. At the beginning of 2023, his contract will be officially over.
“(Luizao) will be a West Ham player in the next few days. It was not the way Luizao himself wanted it to happen,” Hernan explains.
“Sao Paulo tried to renew Luizao’s contract but Sao Paulo ended up not getting (the agreement done). Luizao will now fulfil the dream of playing in European football.
“What I found out is that West Ham left open the possibility of, if Luizao completed 30 games in the season (he is currently on 25), Sao Paulo would receive financial compensation of around £1 million euros. But the conversation did not flow.
“He should sign a contract with the English club in the next few days.”
Luizao, the left-footed central defender, might support Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd at West Ham. Jorge Nicola claims that Fulham, a rival team in London, is also interested.
Igor Gomes, Rodrigo Nestor, and Pablo Maia are Sao Paulo teammates who The Cottagers are also keeping an eye on.