Ajax has finalised the transfer of 18-year-old Brazilian talent Giovanni. The deal took quite a bit longer than expected because of Santos and the Brazilian FA trying to stop it. Giovanni has signed a 4.5-year-long deal in Amsterdam.
We already reported about the news a few weeks ago but the deal has only been finalised today. Giovanni’s, full name: Giovanni Manson Ribeiro, former club Santos and the CBF, the Brazilian FA, tried to stop the transfer from happening because they feel that Ajax has acted in breach with the FIFA rules about transfers. Giovanni refused to sign a new deal with Santos when he turned 18 and as such Ajax could pick him up transfer free and only had to pay a € 500,000 development fee to Santos. His club and the FA think that Ajax persuaded Giovanni not to sign a contract so that he was a lot cheaper. Ajax contacted the FIFA and they concluded that Ajax did not break any rules and made the transfer official.
Giovanni is a talented attacking midfielder. According to Paulo Freitas, a well-informed reporter and the head researcher of Brazil for Football Manager Giovanni has quite some potential: ‘He has a good technique and an amazing pass. He has to work on his finishing and most importantly his physicals. He has to get stronger but with enough play-time and some patience he could develop into a really good player.’
The Brazilian will join Ajax immediately and will start playing for Jong Ajax at first.