Looks like Inter have signed Maicon’s lomg-term replacement with signing of Brazilian right back Jonathan from South American champions Santos on a four-year contract.
The 25-year-old player, whose full name is Jonathan Cicero Moreira, spent only six months at Santos, a period punctuated by injuries. He played 14 games and missed both legs of the South American Libertadores final in which Santos beat Penarol 2-1 on aggregate.
Previously, he spent six seasons at Cruzeiro, where he was regarded as one of the top players in the 2009 Brazilian championship.
He played in the Brazil team which won the under-17 world championship in 2003, beating Spain 1-0 in the final.
Two things surprise me about the deal. One is Jonathan’s age. You don’t see too many 25-year-old Brazilian players moving to a top European club like Inter. Two is his injury problems last season. Has he recovered fully from those?
What do you think of the signing?