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THE LATEST PORTUGUESE SOCCER NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Braga have acquired defensive midfielder Rafael Assis from Chaves and signed the 26 year old Brazilian to four and a half seasons. Assis was one step from a move to FC Porto but Braga who have had interest in the player since the hiring of former Chaves head coach Jorge Simao are said to have paid €1M for the player which could also see a player or two headed back to Chaves.
Assis joins right back Paulinho and forward Ricardo Battaglia who have also made the move from Chaves to Braga during this winter transfer window.
Assis started his Portugal career at Beira Mar in July 2014 before moving the following summer to Chaves and helping the club earn promotion to the Primeria Liga. Assis has only scored one goal in 102 appearances in Portugal but is valued to prevent goals then score them.
WRITTEN BY ADAM PEREIRA