President of Série B side Guarani denies Adriano talks
President of Série B side Guarani, Alvaro Negrao, has rejected reports that the club are in talks to sign former Inter and Flamengo striker Adriano.
The troubled forward, who has not played competitively since March, was sacked by Flamengo in November amid reports of his alleged alcohol problems and repeated absences from training.
Following his contract termination, Adriano vowed to continue training to regain his fitness with hopes of returning to action in 2013.
Recent reports suggested talks had taken place between Guarani’s football director Tinoco and the 30-year-old striker, however, club president Alvaro Negrao has denied these claims.
Negrao told Estadão: "Adriano and Tinoco are good friends and maybe that's how the stories began.
"There are no negotiations taking place with Adriano. I was asked if I would like to have the player and I said yes. That is all."
Adriano underwent Achilles tendon surgery in April ahead of his third stint with Flamengo but failed to regain his fitness to make an appearance.