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Gleison Bremer, Juventus’ big summer hit

Juventus will formalize in the coming hours the transfer of Gleison Bremer from Torino. By recruiting the Brazilian central defender, the Bianconeri will toast the competition and try to make Matthijs de Ligt forget.

Already essential to Juventus, Matthijs de Ligt has joined Bayern Munich to take a new step in his career. At only 22 years old, the Dutch defender will leave a void in the hinge of the Bianconeri. A space that the Piedmontese formation will quickly fill by paying more than 50 million (41 + bonus of 9) to snatch Gleison Bremer from his rival from Torino.

Referring to his position in Serie A, the Brazilian will sign at Juve to become the new defense manager and definitively turn the page on the Chiellini-De Ligt duo. An arrival that looks like a nice shot for the Old Lady during this summer transfer window, the club having managed to toast internal competition to recruit him.

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A safe bet in Italy, a prolific defender

Arriving from Brazil in 2018, the centre-back didn’t take long to adapt to European football. At only 25 years old, an age at which the centrals still have plenty of room for improvement, the ex-player of Atlético Mineiro He is already one of the best defenders in Serie A. has still not played a single match with the Seleçao remains on a convincing exercise with the bonus of three goals in 33 appearances. Over the last three seasons in the Italian league, Bremer is the most prolific defender with 11 goals.

“He has a different profile from all the other great defenders in Serie A, presented Johann Crochet in After Foot in mid-May about the one Leonardo was targeting to strengthen PSG. He has an aggressiveness in duels. C is someone who sticks their number 9 on all the time.”

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Voted best defender in Serie A by his peers, Gleison Bremer is a reference to the position of central defender on the other side of the Alps.

Recruited for just over 5 million euros four years ago, Bremer will bring ten times more to Toro with his transfer to the rival bianconero.

A monster in placement and anticipation

Beyond his offensive contribution, Bremer is above all one of the defensive monsters of Serie A. The Turin wall has athletic qualities that allow him to shine in his placement or to compensate for certain air pockets of his teammates.

“At Torino, he was able to develop his qualities of anticipation, aggressiveness in duels and toughness, still analyzed the Italian football specialist for RMC Sport. He is someone who enters his attackers with a lot of energy, a lot of jumping, he is fast too […] he is used to playing in the center of a three-man defence. He goes fast and is able to recover from a lot of sometimes catastrophic situations where the attacker passes and he goes to cut diagonally to stop the action. He is a very complete person. He has physical qualities that are quite incredible and quite rare I think in European football today.”

Suitable for recovery without technically shining either

Aligned at Torino in a three-man defense, Gleison Bremer will have to adapt to the passage to two on the side of Juventus. This time, he will also have to help launch the Bianconeri’s game via his first raise. Without shining in this area, the Brazilian is quite capable of helping the team build.

“Technically he is quite capable of bringing the ball out properly. He is not a huge Bastoni-style raiser either, if we want to compare, underlined Johann Crochet on RMC in May. He does not have the game or the quality of vertical passing from the Italian. Nevertheless he is quite capable of being useful in the construction from the back.”

Good aggressiveness “that everyone loves”

Accustomed to sticking to the tails of the opposing striker, a bit like Giorgio Chiellini knew how to do in his heyday, Bremer defends while advancing. Imperial in the duels, his simple presence on the ground offers a guarantee of solidity to his team.

“It’s really this aggressiveness that everyone loves, the Italian football specialist was still enthusiastic about for RMC Sport. When there is a defender like him, everyone is a little quieter around. His physical qualities are very useful in this increasingly dynamic football with movement. He is able to respond to this intensity. Honestly, he is a really great player.”

Now remains to be confirmed within a team in full revolution after the departure of several historical. Above all, at Juve, the Brazilian will no longer have the right to make mistakes. Between the amount of his transfer and the expectations placed on him, each dumpling will be dissected. Before asserting himself as one of the world’s benchmarks in his position and pushing Bayern Munich to drop 67 million to recruit him, Matthijs de Ligt needed about a season to adapt to the game of the Bianconeri. Gleison Bremer will not have as much time to find his feet and assert himself as the new boss of Juventus.

Jean-Guy Lebreton RMC Sport journalist

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