Changes continue apace at PFC CSKA Moskva with Daniel Carvalho one of two players sent out on loan as the Army Men reshape their squad ahead of the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.
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Carvalho will join Qatari side Al Arabi SC, his second loan spell in two years having spent the second half of 2008 at SC Internacional in his native Brazil. It was from Internacional that the 26-year-old joined CSKA in 2004, playing a pivotal role as the capital club claimed two Premier-Liga titles, two Russian Cups and the 2004/05 UEFA Cup. The man who won three caps for Brazil in 2006 failed to register in 19 appearances this term as CSKA finished fifth.
Carvalho was the most high-profile of three departures on Monday as Leonid Slutski rings the changes ahead of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie with Sevilla FC in late February/early March. Striker Ricardo Jesus has also departed on loan, to Larissa FC, with an eye on a permanent switch. Earlier in the day CSKA secured the services of Ivorian forward Seydou Doumbia from BSC Young Boys on a five-year contract.
Doumbia has scored 17 goals in 16 games this term, helping Young Boys open up a seven-point cushion at the Swiss Super League summit. Also the division's top scorer last season, he will complete his move to CSKA in the summer. "It is my big goal to finish a great time with YB by winning the league," said the 22-year-old. "I want to thank the fans and the club for their great support." The Army Men have already captured VVV Venlo's Keisuke Honda, FC Moskva's Kirill Nababkin and FC Sibir Novosibirsk goalkeeper Sergei Chepchugov this winter.
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