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Just read from worldsoccernews.com that Bayer04 have beaten Bayern Munich for Flamengo centreback Juan. The pricetag:$6m. The Brazilian is slated replace compatriot Lucio, who will most likely leave next year.

I am not sure about the reliability of this report as this same website stated that Bayern had completed a transfer for Juan in April, and that did not happen.
 

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Leverkusen line up Juan to replace Lucio

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Monday 27th May 2002

Champions' League finalists Bayer Leverkusen are closing in on Flamengo defender Juan as they prepare themselves for the departure of centre-back Lucio. Managing director Reiner Calmund is reported to have finalised a contract with the 23-year-old.

Brazil defender Lucio is expected to move to one of Europe's biggest clubs after the World Cup, with Real Madrid and Barcelona leading the chase, but Bayer have once again used their vast scouting network in South America to find a replacement.

Juan, whose full name is Silveira dos Santos, is expected to sign a five-year deal with Leverkusen in the next few days after talks with Calmund in Sao Paulo.

Juan has scored five goals in his club's Copa Mercosul campaign and has earned 15 caps for Brazil, but he received a surprise blow this month when Luiz Felipe Scolari dropped him from the World Cup squad.

Flamengo teammate and Paraguay international Carlos Alberto Gamarra is convinced that Bayer are closing in on the right man. "I have never played alongside a better defender," he said.

"He is a strong header of the ball and a tough tackler and he can also launch attacks from the back."

Leverkusen finished an impressive season on a low when they missed out to Dortmund in the Bundesliga, lost the German Cup final to Schalke 04 and went down to Real Madrid in the Champions' League final.

To make matters even worse, they now have to rebuild their team for the upcoming season after outstanding duo Michael Ballack and Ze Roberto agreed to join Bayern Munich.

Leverkusen coach Klaus Toppmoller has already signed Sao Paulo forward Franca and three of Germany's most promising Under-21s in defensive midfield duo Christoph Preuss and Hanno Balitsch and 1860 winger Daniel Bierofka.

And Juan's signing is not expected to put an end to Leverkusen's transfer activity this summer. The club are still looking for an attack-minded midfielder with Hannover's £5 million-rated Jan Simak and Sao Paulo's 20-year-old prodigy Kaka topping their shopping list.
 

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Lucio to stay despite Juan signing

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Tuesday 28th May 2002

Bayer Leverkusen managing director Reiner Calmund has denied that Lucio will be leaving the club after signing Flamengo's Brazilian international defender Juan.

"Lucio won't be leaving. It's definite that he will play for us next season," said Calmund.

Lucio's performances last season attracted widespread interest from Europe's top clubs, especially Bayer's Champions' League final conquerors Real Madrid.

But despite signing Juan on Tuesday, Calmund has insisted that Lucio will be at the BayArena next season and not follow Michael Ballack and Ze Roberto out of the club.

The 23-year old Lucio is under contract until 2005, but seems thrilled by the interest shown by Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. However he has confirmed that nothing will happen before he returns from the World Cup.

"There is much talk about transfers these days, but nothing has been decided and at the moment I want to focus all my attention on the World Cup," he announced from Brazil's World Cup training camp.

Should the talented centre-half stay at Bayer for another season, he will be given the chance to team up with his compatriot Juan at the back, who signed a five-year deal at the club after lengthy negotiations in Sao Paolo.

"Given the fact that he is only 23, he is an ideal signing for us," said Calmund, who had been tracking the player for years.

Although financial details of the transfer were not made public the German press, Bayer have excellent contacts in Brazil, and the dire financial situation at Flamengo has prompted speculation that the Brazil defender was snapped up for a bargain £2 million.

Juan, whose full name is Silveira dos Santos, has scored five goals in his club's Copa Mercosul campaign this season, and has 15 caps for Brazil.

His move to Bayer is expected to assuage some of the disappointment of being one of the last players to be omitted from Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil squad, only making the stand-by list.

Juan's Flamengo team-mate and Paraguay international Carlos Alberto Gamarra is convinced that Bayer have signed the right man.

"I have never played alongside a better defender. He is a strong header of the ball and a tough tackler and he can also launch attacks from the back," he said.
 

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I am concerned about Leverkusen if they will remain a top side in the Bundesliga. Ballack, Ze Roberto, and maybe Lucio will all be out. I hope The 3 U21 German youngsters and the new Brazilians will keep the flair on for Bayer in the Champions League.
 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Leverkusen in double transfer swoop

BERLIN, May 27 (Reuters) - European Cup finalists Bayer Leverkusen signed Czech international striker Jan Simak and Brazil international defender Juan on Monday, the Bundesliga club said.
Leverkusen, beaten 2-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League final earlier this month, paid 6.0 million euros ($5.52 million) for Simak from newly-promoted German club Hanover 96, for whom he scored 18 times last season.

Juan cost 3.5 million euros ($3.22 million) from Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo. Leverkusen gave no further details about the contract signed by the 23-year-old, who has been capped 15 times by Brazil but is not in the World Cup squad.

Simak, also 23, had been expected to join Kaiserslautern after falling out with the Hanover management.

Bayer coach Klaus Toppmoeller is convinced he will not have any similar problems with Simak, who has signed a contract until 2007.

'I can get along with every sort of character,' he told Germany's SID news agency.

Leverkusen, who were also losing finalist in the German Cup and blew the league title race in the last two league games, lost key midfielders Michael Ballack and Brazilian Ze Roberto to Bayern Munich at the end of last season.

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