Will Douglas Costa be the latest Brazil star to move this summer after Fred and Fabinho make big moves?

Russia World Cup 2018 countdown—6 DAYS 

Though the official transfer windows haven’t yet opened for many leagues, that still hasn’t stopped European clubs already going about their business and confirming reinforcements for the upcoming 2018/2019 season. 

In total, an astounding one billion euros has already been spent in purchases, sales and loans of players and considering that this is a World Cup year, the figure could increase severely by the close of summer. 

Impressively, transactions involving Brazilians alone have already topped 230m euros and represent almost 25% of all money spent on new acquisitions. Additionally, of the top 10 most expensive transfers already confirmed, five of them involve representatives of a country that has famously been five-times world champion. 

At the beginning of the week, the midfielder Fred joined this ever-growing list by sealing his move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United and at 55m euros has become the most expensive Brazilian sold in the transfer window until now. Before that it was Fabinho purchased by Liverpool from Monaco for 45m euros last week, who temporarily tied top spot with Vinicius Jnr rumoured to be making his transfer from Flamengo permanent this year upon turning 18 after having been bought for the same sum in May last year. 

Next up is Douglas Costa, loaned by Bayern Munich in the 2017/2018 campaign to Juventus, who have taken steps to lock down a key player in their seventh-consecutive title win by meeting the Bavarian giants’ asking fee of 40m euros. Then, from fifth to sixth place, there is a drop in value to 17-year-old Paulinho, who along with Vinicius Jnr and a group that also contains Lucas Paquetá and Santos’ Rodrygo is considered to be among Brazil’s brightest future prospects. For what could prove to be a bargain at 26.4m euros, the midfielder will officially become a Bayer Leverkusen player on his 18th birthday on July 15. 

With Tite’s men among the favourites to win the tournament, more Brazilian names could occupy this space in the coming weeks. If his touted transfer to Real Madrid becomes a reality, Neymar’s fee alone could eclipse the money already shelled out on his compatriots until now.

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