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.