FW Erik, who had been enrolled in the Meiji Yasuda Life J1 League Yokohama F. Marinos by rental transfer until the end of last year, seems to have become certain to join the Changchun Yatai Football Club of the Chinese Super League. Brazilian media “UOL” reported this on the 12th.
Erik joined from Palmeiras of Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A (Brazil 1st Division) to Yokohama F. Marinos in August 2019 by rental transfer. He started in 12 games in the J1 league and demonstrated his scoring ability with 8 goals and 4 assists, which greatly contributed to the league victory. Last season, he scored 15 goals in 25 starts.
Regarding the player’s departure, several Brazilian media reported that negotiations between clubs for a complete transfer to Yokohama F. Marinos are proceeding smoothly at the beginning of the year. However, Changchun Yatai offered an offer under the condition that he paid 2.5 million euros (about 317 million yen) as a transfer fee and purchased 90% of the ownership, and it seems that Palmeiras also accepted this. And it seems that he has already left for China and will formally sign a three-year contract.
Erik was expected to play a leading role in Yokohama F. Marinos, who is aiming to win the J1 for the first time since 2019 under the direction of Ange Postecoglou, but the club leaders are worried about the sudden withdrawal. Maybe.