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Cruzeiro 'lead race' for Diego Souza

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Belo Horizonte giants Cruzeiro have emerged as leading candidates to sign free-agent midfielder Diego Souza following his return to Brazil after a tumultuous six months in Saudi Arabia.

Diego Souza, 27, has been heavily linked with both Santos and former-side Vasco da Gama, but Minas Gerais news agency Portal Uai report that there is a 95% chance of the midfielder joining Cruzeiro in the new year.

That report has since been denied by agent Eduardo Uram, talking to Lancenet, but the Brazilian super-agent did insist that the player would be interested in talking to A Raposa.

"If Cruzeiro continue to have interest in the player, we will talk with them," Uram told Lance. "They are a great club with a good structure.

"There are no negotiations in process, though, as Diego has only recently returned to Brazil."

It was recently confirmed by the player's lawyer, Marcos Motta, that Diego Souza should be able to move to a Brazilian club on a free transfer, following the failure of Saudi side Al-Ittihad to pay the midfielder for several months after his July transfer.


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