Valencia pull off coup as Otávio arrives
Valencia completed one of the deals of the summer when they were able to guarantee the signature of midfielder Otávio from FC Porto this week. The club had been in talks with the Brazilian since January, when he made it clear he was open to leaving the Portuguese giants, and the eventual agreement on a free transfer represents another fantastic piece of business by the Valencia board, looking to add depth to the squad with limited funds.
The attacking midfielder is no stranger to European football fans, initially arriving in Portugal back in 2014 after 2 years with Internacional back in Brazil, where he joined the academy at just 15 years old, before making his debut as a 17 year old. He would go on to score 7 times in 62 appearances, helping his side win the Campeonato Gaúcho 2 years running, before completing his switch to Porto on a free transfer, signing a 5 year contract with his new side which featured a whopping 50 million euro buyout clause. Beginning with the Porto B side, he would make just 6 appearances before being loaned out to fellow Primeira Liga side Vitória SC, making his debut in February 2015.
Making a great impression during his 6 month loan spell, the deal was extended for another 12 months, seeing Otávio remain in Guimarães, where he would make a total of 35 league appearances, again scoring 7 times, during his time with the club, before a return to Porto and a competitive debut at the start of the 2016-17 season. His second season with the first team saw the club reclaim their place as the top club in the country, picking up the Primeira Liga title, with the midfielder featuring 15 times. The 2019-20 season saw even more success for the Brazilian international, as he featured in 48 games as the club won their second league title during his time with the club, as well as picking up the cup to complete a double. His talent was recognised by his peers as he was also named in the Best XI that season, also picking up the individual player of the month honour on the final month of the season.
His final season at the Estádio do Dragão saw them retain their league title, with Otávio once again proving integral, with 26 starts and 3 goals for the club. He also featured heavily in the Champion’s League, making 9 appearances, experience which will be key for his new side and their return to European competition this coming season. Agreeing a 5 year deal with his new side, the addition of such experience and quality should give the Valencia squad a real boost as they look to add to last seasons two cup victories this coming season.Share this: