Jhilmar Lora could leave Sporting Cristal and go to Red Bull Bragantino next year.
Despite not having achieved the national title this year, Sporting Cristal has been reaping the fruits that it planted some years ago with the bet on the youth project and constant struggle to be champion. In addition to seeking to compete in the Copa Libertadores. This has caused one of his homegrown players like Jhilmar Lora to attract an interest from Red Bull Bragantino of Brazil, who want to take him for 2022.
The news was confirmed by the journalist Ángel Flores from Willax Deportes, in which he announced that there had already been a rapprochement between the ‘Rimense’ club with the recent runner-up in the Copa Sudamericana. He even mentions that the national institution would keep 20% of the player’s pass.
The journalist Ángel Flores made known the interest of the Bragantino in Jhilmar Lora.
Now, what has happened to bring about this rapprochement? It turns out that the Brazilian cast has been betting in recent years on young people. Mainly since 2019, when the Red Bull company decided to bet on this club and give it the necessary conditions so that it can direct a long-term project. This has been the case with other franchises such as Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, MLS’s New York Red Bulls and Germany’s RB Leipzig. All this would make the proposal more attractive, not only for the player, but also for Cristal’s leaders, who seek that their players continue their growth in teams where they can add continuity.
Red Bull Bragantino was runner-up in the 2021 South American Cup. | Photo: REUTERS
However, it would not be the only team interested in the Peruvian side, since Atlético Paranaense (current South American champion) and Sao Paulo would also have asked about his contractual situation. It would only be necessary to wait for news in the next few days and the confirmation of the same Peruvian club, because until last week, Juan José Luque, sports director, had mentioned that no specific offer came for any player. “As of today, there is no firm offer for a Sporting Cristal player. The debt with the Copa Libertadores is owed by all Peruvian football and that is not achieved from one day to the next, it is a matter of having well-organized entities, with good training football. That does not mean that we discard the group pass “, he pointed out in an interview for Radio Ovación.
BEGINNINGS IN THE FIRST TEAM
Jhilmar Lora’s growth has been truly amazing. His debut took place at the end of 2019 with Manuel Barreto as DT, but it was only in mid-2020 that he began to have greater prominence as a result of an indiscipline committed by Carlos Cabello, which ended up opening the definitive doors of the first team and also to be able to demonstrate their qualities with ease. Roberto Mosquera trusted him, even above Johan Madrid, with whom he has alternated in the position.
The situation seemed to be different this year, as the club opted for the hiring of a more experienced player for the position such as Percy Prado, who had been working for Nantes in France. However, he arrived raised in weight (he finished his contract with the French cast in mid-2020) and it took him a while to get back into shape. The problem came when Mosquera gave him minutes and did not respond to expectations, so Lora took over that right wing.
SPORTING CRISTAL AND PERUVIAN TEAM
His performance in Liga 1, Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana was remarkable, so he caught the eye of Ricardo Gareca, who made him debut for the Peruvian team in the Copa América in Brazil, precisely against the hosts of the tournament. Currently, he is a regular summoned on the ‘Tigre’ payroll and it is expected that sooner or later he will be able to fight for a place with Luis Advíncula and Aldo Corzo.
Jhilmar Lora covering the ball from Brazilian Renán Lodi. | Photo: FPF
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