Porto sign Brazil U-23 forward Pepe

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) — Reigning Portuguese champions Porto have reached a deal to sign Brazil U-23 forward Pepe from Gremio, both clubs announced on Thursday.

Porto agreed to pay 15 million euros (around 18 million U.S. dollars) to secure the 23-year-old on a five-year contract. The deal includes a 70 million-euro buyout clause.

“[Pepe] will remain at Gremio until the end of June, presenting himself to Porto at the beginning of the next international transfer period on July 1,” the Brazilian Serie A club said in a statement.

Pepe, whose birth name is Eduardo Gabriel Aquino Cossa, has scored 15 times in 54 appearances across all competitions for Gremio this season.

Sevilla, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Roma, Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Wolverhampton Wanderers have also been linked with the attacker.

Porto currently have three Brazilians in their squad: forward Evanilson and midfielders Felipe Anderson and Otavio. Enditem

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