Brayan Angulo made Cruz Azul aware that he plans on leaving the club once Clausura 2022 is over, as he hasn’t been able to adapt to the team and wants a fresh start to boost his career and even have a chance to be in Qatar.
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La Máquina is aware that the 26-year-old forward isn’t afraid of rescinding his contract to arrive as a free agent to Brazilian side Santos FC, something they are trying to avoid at all costs, as they would lose the $6 million that they paid for him when he arrived from Emelec SC.
Cruz Azul already knows what it means to lose a player as a free agent, as Orbelín Pineda recently did, when he refused to extend his contract with Los Cementeros and joined La Liga side Celta de Vigo once his ties with La Máquina were over.
That’s why they intend to establish negotiations with Santos FC, to at least get a player in return for the economic rights of Brayan Angulo, who is decided to leave Cruz Azul no matter what, and La Máquina has set their eyes on the new Marcelo.
Who is the new Marcelo?
The plan of Cruz Azul is trading Brayan Angulo to Santos and receive Felipe Jonatan, a left-back that has been labeled by the Brazilian press as the new Marcelo, given that he plays in the same position and has similar traits.
The 24-year-old left-back can also play as a left midfielder or even as a left winger, something that Cruz Azul certainly take advantage of, as they’ve been pursuing the addition of multidimensional players that can improve the roster.
Felipe Jonatan’s numbers with Santos
Felipe Jonatan joined Santos FC for the 2019 season out of Brazilian side Ceará Sporting Club for a transfer fee of $1.6 million after playing only 14 games with the first team. Since then, he has been become a regular in the Peixe roster.
The Brazilian left-back has played a total of 148 games wearing the Alvinegro Praiano colors in the four seasons he’s been in Santos. In that time, he’s scored a total of six goals, while also assisting his teammates in nine occasions.