According to HCMC officials, Brazilian forwards Joao Paolo, Junior Barrios and Dário da Silva left the club Wednesday.
During the transfer window before V. League 2021, HCMC spent big for the Brazilian trio. However, after 10 league games, none lived up to expectations, scoring only two goals. This put a cold stop to HCMC ambitions who were aiming for the V. League title when the season started. But now the club are at 12th with only 10 goals scored and 16 conceded.
HCMC have used over 20 foreign players in their squad since 2018, in which only one player could last over one season.
The club are planning to add another Brazilian player to the squad after letting the trio go. Cassio Scheid, a 27-year-old that can play as a center-back or defensive midfielder, is one of the club’s main targets. Scheid is valued at €425,000 ($512,435) on football site Transfermarkt.
HCMC have been spending big in the last three V. League seasons. Last year, they bought Costa Rican striker duo Ariel Rodriguez and Jose Ortiz, but the two were in poor form and left the club when the last season ended.
In the next V. League round, HCMC will meet title defenders Viettel FC at home.