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Almost unbelievable: the most wanted player from Liga I goes to… Astra Ploiesti


The name is Ribeiro Moraes, a Brazilian striker who made a truly outstanding first half of season in Romania, and was associated until now with CFR Cluj, Steaua, Rapid and FC Vaslui, all title contenders, keen to add such an impressive 23 years old to their roster. Bought by Gloria Bistrita for just 200.000 Euros, the guy basically secured for his team another season in Liga I, with 10 goals scored in 17 matches (was the league’s top scorer in the secod half of the season!) and a series of excellent performances. He’s a striker who has it all, pace, strength, technique, composure, who proveded his ability to adjust to a totally new style of play and environment, who had every reason to hope that he’ll be showing his skills in European competitions next season and fight for the title. Well, as Gloria Bistrita did struck gold on this occasion, the club’s president refused to accept anything below the release clause, which is 2 million Euros, a price that only Rapid was still trying to negotiate, at this time.

Well, today, Rapid and all the others found out that Gloria Bistrita accepted a bid for the player from Astra Ploiesti, a team that just managed to avoid relegation last season, but who seems to have finally reached a level of ambition that matches the financial strength of the club’s owner, Ioan Niculae. Ribeiro Moraes himself said that he awaits the financial offer and could accept this move, so we could be in for the absolute surprise of this summer’s transfer activity…

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