Julio Baptista is understood to be on the verge of signing for Championship side Bolton Wanderers this evening… and the club’s fans can’t quite believe it.
Baptista also made 47 appearances for his national side, winning two Copa America titles and the Confederations Cup.
However, the 35-year-old most recently starred for Kaka’s Orlando City in the MLS, before being forced into free agency when his contract was declined at the end of last year.
And Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson is clearly keen to add the veteran to his dressing room as Bolton look to avoid a relegation battle from England’s second tier.
Not that anyone can quite fathom a former Brazil international and La Liga winner rolling up at the Macron Stadium:
So we've signed 35 year old Julio Baptista… or more commonly known as 'Brazilian Heskey' I hope he's up for a challenge still haha! #bwfc
— Lucy Weir (@lucyweir22) September 5, 2017
Bolton Wanderers are set to announce the signing of Julio Baptista on a free transfer! pic.twitter.com/ns9PbedAyc
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) September 5, 2017
I'm not having that Parkinson wants to sign Julio Baptista for one single second. Not one ??? #BWFC
— Niall (@Niall_Burke26) September 5, 2017
Julio Baptista is currently at Nando's middlebrook ? #bwfc
— Adam Kay (@Adam_Kay1) September 5, 2017
Hahahahahahahaha Julio Baptista. What a fucking club we are.
— Ben (@bwfc__ben) September 5, 2017
— Jarhead (@JJBentley89) September 5, 2017
— Darryl Drummond (@chr1spbacon) September 5, 2017
Its a beast, but Its no Julio baptista https://t.co/SmkyTh8zJ2
— Tom Lord (@TomLordy1991) September 5, 2017
Julio Baptista at the Macron ?
— Alasdair Macrae (@Mychalyschyn) September 5, 2017
— Rob Simm (@rob_simm) September 5, 2017
— Phil Sankey (@philsankey91) September 5, 2017
— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) September 5, 2017
— Matt Evans (@mattyyyevans) September 5, 2017
— Joel Smith (@JoelSmith18) September 5, 2017
Bolton earned promotion to the Championship last season, finishing second in League One behind champions Sheffield United.
Supporters will be hoping the addition of Baptista will strengthen their bid to stay in the division come May.