One of Brazil’s most consistent but unsung youth stars, Romulo, has signed for Spartak Moscow from Vasco Da Gama for €8m, as the Rio based club looked to push through a transfer quickly to raise funds.
One of the stars of the Brazilian Olympic team, Romulo is one of a central pair used by Brazil to sure up the centre of the park, allowing the more flamboyant, higher profile players to strut their stuff in the attacking third. Whilst the likes of Neymar, Oscar, Lucas Moura, and Leandro Damiao might bring more in terms of transfer fees, and attract more interest from European clubs, the real value is in the unsung heroes.
His partner in midfield for much of this tournament, Sandro, joined Spurs a season or so ago, and has already alerted the interest of real Madrid, despite only featuring sporadically for the North London club. It’s likely that many clubs who have scouts watching the Olympics, will be disappointed to hear that Romulo has already moved clubs, and that he moved clubs so recently (the end of June).
At Spartak Moscow Romulo will join a team in the ever improving and ever richer Russian Premier League, which should provide him with a good platform to showcase his talents to a slightly wider audience. Under new coach Unai Emery, Romulo should pay a major part in Spartak’s push for the Russian title, or at least help them qualify for the Champions League again, as the Russian league moves to a winter schedule for the first time. Although the first aim will be to qualify for the 2012-13 Champions league by overcoming Fenerbace in what is a tough play-off for a place in the group stage.
If Romulo continues his development at club level, and can add to his five senior Brazil caps, he’ll no doubt be attracting some serious interest from the top clubs in Europe. Spartak Moscow have got themselves a Brazilian bargain, and fans can look forward to his performances in the Russian league, and in a European competition.