After splashing out a record fee to land Jo, Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook is convinced more Brazilians will soon be joining the Premiership.
"We shouldn't be surprised that Brazilians are starting to come in numbers," Cook told the Sunday Times. "The Premier League is a global stage and one of the reasons Jo, as great a player as he is, is not as renowned as he could be is that he was playing in Moscow. On a global basis 3.4 billion viewers every year watch the Premier League and they'll get to see Jo.
"Brazilians grow up with all the technical ability you could wish for and if you find one that's aggressive and quick, which is what Jo brings, you've got something special. Our game has changed. We have Mike Summer-bee [City's former England winger] working here and players of his generation tell you how different it was 20-30 years ago. They played in six inches of mud and you needed a different skill set. The surfaces are better now. The technical level is very different."