Forgotten Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon has finally departed Stamford Bridge on a permanent deal – but he won’t be staying in England despite links to Stoke City and Norwich.
Piazon – a 2011 signing for the Blues from Sao Paulo – was supposed to be the next Brazilian wonderkid but has failed to live up to lofty expectations.
The Sun reported last week that the club were set to end his journey before his contract expired in the summer, and it has now emerged that the 26-year-old has signed for Portuguese side Braga.
Piazon has penned a deal until 2025 with the Liga NOS side, who are a regular fixture in the Europa League and must have been suitably impressed with his form at league rivals Rio Ave in the past 18 months, where he scored four goals in 27 league appearances (transfermarkt).
Did Stoke City sign each of these 14 players for more or less than £1 million?
It does mean though that English clubs may have missed out on a bargain deal for a player with a lot of quality.
Piazon proved that he could handle the physicality of English football in separate loan spells to Reading and Fulham, and he would have strengthened the forward line of both the Potters and Canaries.
But the Brazilian may have just not wanted to stick around in England, especially after getting so few chances with the club he has been contracted to for the past 10 years – Piazon was there that long that he was Chelsea’s longest-serving player until his departure today.
Stoke and Norwich have definitely missed out on one here.
With Piazon out of contract in the summer, he would have cost little to nothing in terms of a transfer fee and he’s already proven that he can be a top player in the Championship.
It does look though as if he’s chosen the Portuguese lifestyle over coming back to England though, and you can hardly blame him for that – even from a footballing perspective Braga are regular qualifiers into the Europa League so are more attractive than any Championship club regardless of wages.