From Eagles to Lions: Victor Andrade heads for 1860

The Brazilian youngster is off to the Allianz Arena.

From Eagles to Lions: Victor Andrade heads for 1860
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On Thursday evening, 1860 Munich continued their savy summer signings with the arrival of Victor Andrade.

The SL Benfica youngster has signed on a year-long loan deal, with no mention of any option to make his stay permanent come the end of the season.

He is the latest transfer in what is shaping up to be a summer of change at the Allianz Arena.

A chance to get game time

Andrade has struggled to nail down a regular place in a very talented Benfica squad, making just five appearances and registering one assist for the capital club.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with Vitória Guimarães SC, where he featured seven times and added two assists.

Likened to Robinho, this could be a very astute piece of business by both clubs; especially 1860, who struggled to create chances last season.

Andrade will get the playing time he needs to develop in a physically and mentally tasking league, which should stand him in good stead going forward.

Speaking to the club website after the deal was confirmed, Kosta Runjaic said: "Victor has all the prerequisites. He is a quick, technically gifted player."

Victor Andrade has been billed as a bright young talent. | Image source: Fox Sports
Victor Andrade has been billed as a bright young talent. | Image source: Fox Sports

Busy summer for 1860

Andrade is the Lions' sixth summer signing, and joins Karim Matmour, Marnon Busch, Filip Stojkovic, Jan Zimmermann and Sascha Mölders at the club.

The Brazilian will compete against Matmour and Daylon Claasen for a starting spot on the right wing, as well as Krisztian Simon when he returns from injury.

There have, however, been some big name departures from Runjaic's squad, such as Christopher Schindler, Rubin Okotie and Gary Kagelmacher.

Andrade could make his debut in two weekends time, when 1860 take on SpVgg Greuther Fürth.