By Brian Maurer
Images courtesy of Sport Club Internacional and Orlando City SC
Charlotte FC are looking to be active during the secondary transfer window, which is set to open on July 7th. Sources have confirmed that along with adding an attacking midfielder, Charlotte are looking to incorporate a right back. On Wednesday, June 22nd, MLS pundit Niko Moreno reported that Charlotte have inquired about 30 year old Brazilian full back Rodinei Marcelo de Almeida and are also interested in 27 year old Rafael Ramos.
Ramos is a Portuguese fullback who plays for Brazilian side Corinthians. Where he has been a regular contributor. He has also played in MLS for both Orlando City and Chicago Fire. Although, Ramos also has some reported off field concerns. According to The-Sun.com, Ramos was arrested last month for using a racial slur towards an opponent.
Rodinei is a player that Charlotte FC have had an interest in for quite awhile. According to Brazilian news outlet, Globo, Charlotte made an offer to Flamengo for Rodinei in February of 2021. Over the last couple years he has had limited minutes, but in the 2018/19 season he was a regular contributor for Flamengo as the team became both Brazilian champions and Copa Libertadores Cup winners.
Rodinei would bring trophy winning experience to Charlotte FC, as well as a more direct attacking option down the right side. He would provide further competition for minutes with both Jaylin Lindsey and Harrison Afful.
Based on both of these players' backgrounds and playing style, it appears that Charlotte FC are looking to add depth at fullback. Specifically with players who are willing to roam up the wing into attack, which is something both Ramos and Rodinei enjoy doing. It also appears that Charlotte are taking a long look at some of the big Brazilian clubs for talent, as both of these players currently play in Brazil’s top league.