Record fee brings Oliveira to Al-Jazira

Brazil international striker Ricardo Oliveira has signed for the Abu Dhabi-based Al-Jazira club from Real Betis for a country transfer fee record of €14m.

The fee for the deal believed to be between three and four years will be split between Real Betis and Zaragoza, where the 29-year-old Oliveira played since 2007.

Oliveira, who has 11 Brazil caps, said he realised the Emirati league would be of a lower standard of football than Spain, but added that it had been an offer he and his family could not refuse.

Al-Jazira is owned by Sheikh Mansur Ben Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the ruling family in oil-rich Abu Dhabi who is also owner of English club Manchester City.