Rafa interested in Samba Star.
Interest is mounting for Brazilian hot property Hernanes who is strongly linked with a move to Italy but has also attracted the interest of a number of Premier League sides. Liverpool are the latest club to be linked with the playmaker in the Brazilian press with claims that Rafa Benitez will step up his chase the talented South American by financing the move with the sale of fringe players Andrea Dossena and Ryan Babel.
The 24-year-old’s full name is Anderson Hernanes de Carvalho Andrade Lime and he currently plies his trade for Sao Paulo. The club currently top the Brazilian top flight a point ahead of rivals Palmeiras with just 4 games left with their season ending in December.
Hernanes has been linked to the likes of AC Milan and Juventus but the Italian clubs have struggled to raise the fee Sao Paulo are demanding. The midfield schemer’s club ridiculed a recent attempt by AC to sign the player with Sao Paulo Technical Director Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes revealing to Globoesporte’s of the Italian club’s interest in their defender Miranda and Hernanes.
He had this to say, “I need to find how much a crate of bananas is worth, as that is how much they want to give us for both players.
We know that Milan ended the season in the red and not even the £60m from Kaka’s sale to Real Madrid was enough to balance the books.”
The player himself has spoken of his love for Serie A but the financial lure of the Premier League could sway the Brazilian to our shores. Hernanes revealed to the Gazzetta dello Sport,”I’m a player who loves to think on the pitch.”
“I understood that in every player there’s the time to evaluate and do the best things. My best qualities are probably dribbling with the ball and my hard shot.
“The comparison with Pirlo is very good, it definitely pleases me. He’s a complete player, probably the best midfielder in the world.
“I especially watch constantly the matches of Inter and Milan, also because there are many Brazilians. It would be something to be proud of and a pleasure to play in Italy one day.”
Despite his love of Italian football, Hernanes would be at home at Anfield with fellow Brazilians Lucas, Fabio Aurelio and Diego Cavalieri at the club. (Football Pools)
Hernanes was voted as the best rising star in the game back in January and clearly he is a much sought after property and perhaps the angle of us having a number of fellow Brazilians could be a helping hang, it seems to help when it comes to recruiting Spaniards.
By all accounts the 24 year old is a good distributor of the ball, keeps the game moving and can ping 30 yard passes intelligently, but presumably that is what Alberto Aquilani has been purchased to do?
It is worth noting that the success rate of South Americans coming direct to the Premier League is pretty patchy to say the least and so there would be a certain amount of gambling involved in such a move but perhaps given the plaudits he has received he would be the exception to the rule and no doubt Rafa’s Brazilian scouting team is monitoring the players progress.