The right-back was not a priority for Botafogo, but then a virtually unmissable market opportunity appeared. General Severiano’s club has opened negotiations and has talks to sign Rafael, a player with spells in Manchester United and Lyon and who recently left Basaksehir, in Turkey.
The defender even received proposals – even more advantageous in the financial sense – from Serie A clubs in Brasileirão, but his desire is to play at the club with his heart. He has already spoken publicly on some occasions that he is Botafogo since childhood.
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Rafael is expected in Rio de Janeiro next week to intensify conversations, carry out medical tests and, if all goes well, sign a contract with Botafogo. The contract term is still being discussed between the parties.
Despite being a Botafogo fan, the full-back never wore the alvinegra shirt. Revealed by Fluminense, the player was sold at a young age to Manchester United-ING. Afterwards, he passed through Lyon-FRA and, more recently, through Basaksehir-TUR. He did not renew his contract with the Turkish team and would arrive at Glorioso free of charge.
Currently, coach Enderson Moreira has Daniel Borges and Jonathan at right-back. Despite not being a priority of the board, the directors did not refuse the opportunity that appeared in the market.