Vitória poised to sign Lionel Messi's cousin
Vitória are poised to sign the cousin of Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Maxi Biancucchi, according to the player's agent.
The 28-year-old, who spent three seasons with Flamengo, has agreed in principal to a one-year deal with the Salvador-based club.
Regis Marques Chedid, Biancucchi’s agent, made the announcement via his Twitter account on Sunday night.
He posted: "Biancucchi will travel to Brazil on Monday to sign with Vitória."
Biancucchi has spent the past two seasons at Paraguayan club Olimpia, where he is on loan from Mexico's Cruz Azul.
Last week the Argentinian, who is knicknamed "El primo de Messi" (Messi's cousin), revealed his desire to return to Brazil, where he won the Brasileirão title in 2009.
He told Brazil's Uol: "I would like to play in Brazil because it is the most attractive option available to me now.
"In the next few days I will decide where I am playing. I want to resolve the situation as soon as possible."