Hoffenheim's business model has worked again. The modest German club have been experts of late in identifying and acquiring little-known Brazilian talent, developing it and selling it at a huge profit. It worked with Luiz Gustavo, Brazil's holding midfielder in the 2014 World Cup. It worked with Roberto Firmino, a virtual unknown transformed into Liverpool's star striker and the current national team No. 9.
Newcastle United have signed Brazilian forward Joelinton from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on a six-year deal for a club record fee, the Premier League team announced on Tuesday.
No financial details were disclosed but British media put the fee in the region of £40 million ($49.76 million).
The 22-year-old Joelinton is the club's first signing of the transfer window and the first under new manager Steve Bruce, who replaced the departed Rafa Benitez this month.
RB Leipzig stayed on course to finish in the Bundesliga top four and earn a place in the Champions League next season after a late equaliser from left back Willi Orban earned them a 1-1 home draw with Hoffenheim on Monday.
The result left Leipzig fourth on 42 points from 23 games, one behind third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach and four ahead of fifth-placed Wolfsburg.
Hoffenheim, who like Leipzig stretched their unbeaten league run to five games, stayed eighth with 34 points.
Leipzig had more...
Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund inexplicably surrendered a three-goal lead in the second half to draw 3-3 against Hoffenheim on Saturday after completely dominating for more than an hour.
The league leaders have only themselves to blame after Jadon Sancho, in the absence of Dortmund captain Marco Reus, took control of Dortmund's game in the first half, firing in for the lead and slicing through the hapless Hoffenheim defence at will.
The England international then set up Mario Gotze for Dortmund's...