Hanoi FC recruits Brazilian midfielder from Saigon FC

By Lam Thoa   November 15, 2020 | 10:50 pm PT
Hanoi FC recruits Brazilian midfielder from Saigon FC
Geovane Magno celebrates after scoring the equalizer in the V. League 1 match between Saigon FC and Hanoi FC on November 4, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.
Geovane Magno decided not to extend his contract with Saigon FC to sign with Hanoi FC as a free agent.

Magno and Hanoi agreed on terms Friday, with the Brazilian passing his medical test on Saturday. He is the capital club's first recruit ahead of the 2021 season.

The attacking midfielder boasts great dribbling and finishing skills, helping him score eight goals in the 2020 season and Saigon finish third on the V. League 1 table.

Though Saigon sought to retain Magno, the 26-year-old decided to sign with Hanoi, which had offered him a monthly salary of more than $20,000, twice his prior wage.

Previously, Hanoi has chosen not to extend the contracts of Senegalese striker Pape Omar Faye, 33, who struggled to adapt to the intense schedule, and French forward Pape Ibou Kebé, who failed to prove himself at the club. Magno is expected to be their perfect replacement.

Hanoi enjoyed moderate success during the 2020 season, winning National Cup and finishing second in V. League 1.

With the addition of Magno, Hanoi currently fields three foreign players, the other two being Ugandan midfielder Moses Oloya and Jamaican forward Rimario Gordon.

The capital club also extended the contracts with keeper Bui Tan Truong and midfielder Le Tan Tai, besides recalling some of its players on loan to other clubs.

2020 V. League 1 wrapped up on November 8 with Viettel FC as champions, followed by Hanoi and Saigon. The 2021 V. League 1 season is scheduled to start on January 16.

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