Flamengo hoping to keep Vágner Love at the club next season
Flamengo are hoping to keep striker Vágner Love at the club for next season, despite still owing CSKA Moscow money for his transfer.
Love, 28, moved back to Brazilian football with the Rio de Janeiro giants in January on four year contract for a fee of around $10 million, but Flamengo are having difficulties in paying the money owed to the Russian club.
"The amount for this debt issue has not yet been cleared up. We asked the financial department, but they have not yet told us,” said Flamengo’s vice president of football Wallim Vasconcellos to Globo Esporte.
"We rely on Vagner Love, he's Flamengo heart, his shirt, brand, goals. I would like him to stay. So far there was no indication that he will leave. Let's settle disputes with CSKA to keep Love in the club."
The deal struck with CSKA was to pay an amount upfront for the player and then the rest of the fee to be paid in six instalments in the months of August and December until 2014. However, despite paying in August this year, Flamengo have yet to send the money for December’s payment.
The future of the striker is also uncertain due to Love previously announcing that if Patricia Amorim left as president, then he too would leave the club. However the player’s manager, Evandro Ferreira, has denied that Love will follow through with this threat after Eduardo Bandeira de Mello became the new president last month.