Former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker set for shock return to English football

According to reports in the English press this evening, former Arsenal striker Julio Baptista is set for a sensational return to English football, as he gets set to join Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers.

Powerful attacker

Former Brazilian international Baptista earned a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2005 following two prolific seasons with Sevilla.

He struggled to hold down any sort of regular starting spot at the Bernabeu, however, and was loaned to Arsenal in 2006.

His stint in England was no more impressive, with the man nicknamed ‘the beast’ due to his incredible physique, going on to notch 3 Premier League goals in 24 appearances for the Gunners.

Further spells with AS Roma and Malaga saw the 47-time capped international show glimpses of his Sevilla form, but he failed to ever truly live up to his early-career billing.


Stories linking 35-year-old Baptista with a shock move to Bolton Wanderers first arose several weeks ago, with a growing number of reports this evening suggesting that a deal to take the experienced South American to the Macron is now close to completion.

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Bolton currently sit dead-last in the Championship table, having picked up just two points from their opening 5 league fixtures.