Werder Bremen and their Brazilians

Wesley and Naldo are giving Klaus Allofs unpleasant headaches.

Bayern Munich isn’t the only team in Germany which won’t scout Brazilian talents anymore. Before Christmas Klaus Allofs told the German press that Werder Bremen will be focusing on developing their own talent and buying players from Europe. The two Brazilians on Werder Bremen’s roster may very well be the two last players which Werder buys directly from Brazil.

Wesley and Naldo have more in common than just being Brazilian. Both of them have a desire to leave  Bremen and go back to Brazil. Both of them want to play for the national team at the 2014 World Cup. This might be 29-year-old Naldo’s last opportunity for World Cup play, while Wesley has been suffering from a lack of playing time this season. Both players seem to have rather slim chances of getting into their national team at the current moment, but think that their chances would improve if they played their club football in Brazil.

Naldo might turn his heavily tattooed back on Werder very soon.

Plenty of interest, too little cash on offer

Naldo told the German media early in January that he had agreed in principle with Internacional Porto Alegre on a contract and that all that was left to do was for the two teams to agree upon a transfer fee for him. However, the Brazilian club was unwilling to part with more than 3 million euros, while Klaus Allofs demanded a transfer sum around 10 million euros — a gap too massive to breach. Naldo says now that he’ll stay in Bremen, but the defender’s departure from Bremen seems to only be a matter of time. Naldo’s contract runs until 2013, and Bremen might want to cash on the Brazilian one year before his contract expires.

Werder Bremen aren’t unwilling to sell Wesley in the current transfer window. The Brazilian has struggled to grasp what Thomas Schaaf wants from him on the pitch according to many reports in the German media. Wesley told the Brazilian newspaper Tera:

”I’ve been in Germany for one and a half years now, and I think it is the right time to return to Brazil. I’m not denying that this is what I want.”

However, Werder want to recuperate most of the 7.5 million euros they spend on the versatile Brazilian midfielder, and an offer below 6 million euros isn’t going to be accepted by Klaus Allofs according to Bild information. FC Santos, Internacional Porto Alegre and Atletico Mineiro are keen to sign Wesley according to Bild, but none of these clubs are willing to meet Bremen transfer fee demands. Klaus Allofs is quoted in Bild saying:

”There aren’t any serious offers on the table at the moment.”

Diego has been linked with Werder Bremen. The Brazilian scored 38 goals in his 84 Bundesliga appearances for the club.

One Brazilian Bremen might want to sign

Wesley isn’t the first Brazilian who had come with high hopes to Werder and then failed. Young and promising Carlos Alberto arrived in 2007 at the Weserstadion, but never managed to live up to the hopes Werder Bremen had for him. After 2 games in the Bundesliga, the Brazilian was loaned to three different Brazilian clubs before he was sold to Vasco da Gama one year before his contract expired.

The experiences of having Wesley and Carlos Alberto at the club, and not functioning well is what is said to have moved Allofs and Schaaf to drop the Brazilian talent market all together. However, Allofs revealed that he would like to bring one Brazilian to the club. Playmaker Diego has already had one very good stint at Werder Bremen between 2006 and 2009. Back in 2009 Diego was sold to Juventus for 27 million euros, before he moved on to Wolfsburg for a transfer fee of 15.5 million euros. Last season the Brazilian came to blows with Felix Magath, when he literally left the team on the last match day after Magath had told him that he was going to sit on the bench during Wolfsburg’s fight for survival.

Schaaf and Allofs have only good memories of the 26-year-old Brazilian. Allofs told Sport Bild:

”We did have a fantastic time with him from a sporting perspective. He was always professional when he played for us. If we had the possibility of getting him back, that would be great, and we’d certainly  consider doing so.”

Diego is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid and is still under contract at Wolfsburg. Werder is probably not able to match the wage the Brazilian is receiving at the moment. Whether Diego returns to Werder remains to be seen, but at the moment his return to the Weserstadion remains just a dream for the Werder fans and Klaus Allofs.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 30-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball and on the @AufstiegPod.

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  1. Would be fantastic to see Diego in the Bremen colours once again. It is a shame it never worked out for him at Juventus. You feel the door is always open to him… unfortunately the cheque-book not so much.

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