Less than one year after making his move to Atletico Madrid from Corinthians, Brazilian international central midfielder Elias is on the move again, for about the same price he was purchased for. Sporting Clube de Portugal, better known to most of the English-speaking world as Sporting Lisbon, has picked him up to strengthen their midfield, according to reports out of Portugal.
Elias was fantastic with Corinthians in Brazil, but was fairly average during his half of a year at Atletico Madrid. Still, he's a fairly young player with a great track record, while Atletico Madrid are incredibly thin in the middle. The move is worth €8.8 million, which isn't really a win for anyone. Atletico sell a player at a thin position and don't make a profit on him, while Sporting spend a good deal of money on a player who has failed to impress in his time in Europe. Time will tell whether or not this works out well for either team.