Fenerbahce complete €8m Josef de Souza transfer from Sao Paulo

Fenerbahçe have completed the signing of Sao Paulo defensive midfielder Josef de Souza for an €8 million transfer fee the club revealed.

Sao Paulo confirmed the transfer via their official twitter account.


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The Brazil international is expected to complete his transfer to the Yellow Canaries pending a medical.

The 26-year-old midfielder played for Portuguese giants Porto between 2011-2012 winning the Europa League and the Portuguese League title.

De Souza joined Gremio in 2013 and Sao Paulo the following season. The central midfielder has three international caps for the Brazil national team.

ESPN Brazil football pundit and commentator Gustavo Hofman believes that Fenerbahçe have made themselves an excellent transfer.

“Very good defensive midfielder, with high skills. Brazilian National Team level,” Hofman told Turkish-football.com.

“Souza is an excellent signing.”

De Souza would become the second Brazilian player to join Fenerbahçe over the summer following the arrival of Atletico PR striker Fernandao.

The central midfielder would also become the fourth Portuguese speaking member of the team should he join – Raul Meireles, Bruno Alves and Fernandao being the three others.