Flamengo and Fluminense set for battle over Carlos Eduardo
Offered to both Flamengo and Fluminense, Rubin Kazan attacking midfielder Carlos Eduardo has confirmed to Brazilian media outlet Lancenet that he will be allowed to return to his homeland on loan in 2013.
Initially, the Russian side had requested a fee in the region of €10 million for the injury-prone forward, but it now looks likely that a loan deal will be arranged—providing his contract in Russia is extended by one year.
For the past few weeks it had appeared that Fluminense may well be the eventual destination of the former Hoffenheim midfielder. However, with rivals Flamengo also in search of a No. 10 for the 2013 season, the Rubro-Negro have emerged as a major contender for his signature.
With former Grêmio director Paulo Pelaipe now installed as executive director at Flamengo, the club are considered to have a good chance of sealing a deal for the player.
Pelaipe enjoys a good relationship with both Carlos Eduardo and the winger's agent Jorge Machado, which should play in the club's favour.
It was Machado who, along with Pelaipe, oversaw the transfer of striker Kléber to Grêmio last season—one of the biggest transfers of 2012.