The possibility of Brazilian wingback Zeca's loan to Columbus Crew SC appears to have died as quickly as it appeared if reports coming out of Sao Paulo are correct. The latest news points to Santos and Zeca both wanting to back out of the deal.
Zeca appears to have seen the loan as a way out of an unstable club situation where he was buried on the bench and had the chance to get playing time. Santos agreed to let an unwanted player go in exchange for the possibility of collecting a fee.
Zeca's fortunes appeared to change significantly between the start of negotiations and when reports broke that he was on the verge of heading north.
Santos has had three managers in 2015. Enderson Moreira started the year as coach and brought Zeca into the squad. Marcelo Fernandes was named coach in March and Zeca fell out of favor. His fortunes once again rose when Dorival Júnior was named coach last Thursday. Júnior has asked the club to keep Zeca.
With playing time the goal, Zeca has apparently changed his mind on the move to Crew SC now that his fortunes at Santos seem to be improving. He started with the Academy in 2006 and joined the first team in 2014. Reports even have Zeca losing his passport and being unable to travel to complete the required medical.
Gustavo Zupak of ESPN Brazil followed up with a tweet stating that Zeca has made up his mind to stay at Santos.
Berhalter told assembled media on Monday that the team is no closer to adding anyone to the roster. It's clearer, with today's news out of Brazil, that the hope that Columbus was close to adding defensive help is dead for now.
With the odds of a Zeca transfer now long, Crew SC will have to turn to other targets to shore up it's leaky defense before the window closes on August 6th.