North Carolina Courage star Debinha could leave the NWSL this offseason to sign with a European club, ATA Football reported Monday.
The 31-year-old forward has played for the Courage since 2017. She was nominated for league MVP this year after scoring 12 goals in 18 matches, third-most in the NWSL, including a hat trick on Sept. 24.
But the Brazilian enters the offseason as a free agent.
🧢🧢🧢 HAVE A NIGHT, DEBINHA!@Debinha7 | #CourageUnitesUs pic.twitter.com/DVpFguxaZd— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) September 25, 2022
🧢🧢🧢 HAVE A NIGHT, DEBINHA!@Debinha7 | #CourageUnitesUs pic.twitter.com/DVpFguxaZd
Debinha has garnered interest from Women’s Super League club Arsenal, who is looking for a boost after ACL injuries to Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema depleted the Gunners’ forward line, ATA Football reported.
Arsenal isn’t the only team looking to add Debinha, who helped lead Brazil to its fourth straight Copa América Femenina title in July. European powers Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also are interested, as are several NWSL clubs, ATA Football reported.
Debinha spent the early years of her career with Brazilian clubs, though she played for Norway’s Avaldsnes IL from 2013-15 and then for China’s Dalian Quanjian in 2016 before she joined the NWSL in 2017.
She won NWSL titles with the Courage in 2018 and 2019, and she was named the MVP of the championship match in 2019. She was named MVP of the preseason Challenge Cup tournament in 2021 and 2022.