Cruzeiro director Alexandre Mattos confirms São Paulo interest in Walter Montillo
Cruzeiro director Alexandre Mattos has revealed that there have been informal talks over the sale of midfielder Walter Montillo to São Paulo, and, while he denies they want to sell the player, admits that "no player is non-negotiable".
Montillo, 28, is seen as an ideal replacement at Morumbi for the out-going Lucas Moura, who will join Paris St-Germain in January, and, despite denying any talks over the player, Lancenet are reporting that behind the scenes in São Paulo they are confident of completing a deal before the end of the year.
"We had a talk with São Paulo, an informal conversation with the board," admitted Mattos to Lancenet!
"Before finishing the league we will not talk about it. Then we'll see.
"Cruzeiro is not selling Montillo or making an auction, he is very important to us. If we get an offer, we'll see. No player is non-negotiable here, and I think that is how it is at any club in Brazil. Any player may leave."
The Argentine has been linked also with Grêmio and Santos, but it is believed neither club has the funds to compete with São Paulo for the player. And any deal to take the player to Morumbi may also include Cruzeiro getting one or two players on loan from São Paulo.