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One of Europe’s best goalkeepers has just been sold for €300,000

Diego Alves, who's known for his penalty stopping abilities, has left Valencia to join Flamengo for a bargain fee

Stop the sales. The bargain of the summer has been had.

Diego Alves, who’s established a reputation as one of the best penalty savers in world football, has left Valencia for just €300,000.

Alves joins Flamengo with a statement on Valencia’s website confirming the deal.

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A striker’s nightmare when it comes to penalties

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A striker’s nightmare when it comes to penalties

The 32-year-old, who’s penalty saving record stands at just under 50%, leaves Valencia after seven years in Spain.

He’s saved more penalties than any other keeper in the history of Spain’s top flight, beating the record held by Andoni Zubizarreta.

But Valencia need to sell to balance the books.

One slips through

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One slips through

The signing of fellow Brazilian keeper Neto, from Juventus, means Alves was allowed to move on.

Valencia have already sold goalkeeper Mathew Ryan to Brighton, and allowed Enzo Perez to leave to move back to Argentina.

Alves has played ten times for Brazil and will be looking to establish himself as Tite’s number one heading into World Cup 2018.

Why stand up when you can score sitting down?

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Why stand up when you can score sitting down?

In a window where transfer fees have been bordering on the ridiculous Alves’ move represents real value.

Flamengo need to get all the contracts signed before Valencia realise they’ve missed a couple of zeros off the transfer fee.

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