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Changchun Yatai linked with Brazilian forward Serginho

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Almost two weeks have passed since the start of the winter transfer window and Changchun Yatai have yet to announce any signings.

Despite this perceived lack of activity, the club continues to be linked with some interesting import players.

With Adam Taggart previously being mentioned and reports out of Rwanda believing a deal for Michael Sarpong is done, the club has now been linked with versatile Brazilian forward Serginho.

The 24-year-old, who plays best as an attacking midfielder or second striker, has had a successful two-and-a-half-year spell in the J-League with Kashima Antlers.

In 76 total appearances for the Japanese club, Serginho has scored an impressive 31 goals and has been a provider for a further ten, something that will undoubtedly attract a club such as Changchun Yatai.

Serginho has experienced success in cup competitions during his spell in Japan, helping the club to lift the 2018 AFC Champions League while falling short against Vissel Kobe in the Emperor’s Cup final on January 1st 2020.

Kashima have finished third in each of the seasons that Serginho has played for the club, so a rumoured move to China’s second-tier seems like quite a surprise move.

Serginho’s contract is set to expire at the end of January, with no new contract seemingly forthcoming, with Changchun Chengfeng (the club’s version of Ultras) seemingly believing that the club could be bringing the Brazilian in.

Samvel Babayan appears to be taking his time to truly assess what he has and needs in his squad, with the futures of Tan Long and now, most recently, Yu Rui seemingly still undecided, potentially affecting his transfer plans moving forward.

Landing a player of Serginho’s proven quality would be a huge sign of intent from the club, providing Richario Zivkovic with a superbly talented supporting partner, capable of sitting back and being a provider as well as having the drive to push forward and score goals regularly.

2020 is a crucial year for the club, who should have secured promotion in 2019, and making serious upgrades are necessary if Babayan hopes to guide the club back into the top tier of Chinese football.

Bringing in Serginho could certainly go a long way to helping the club work towards that goal.

James Reeve is a British sports writer and correspondent for Wild East Football. James is an avid fan of Changchun Yatai, having been a season-ticket holder in 2015, and has been involved with Wild East Football for a number of years.

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