Santos midfielder Adriano set to join Grêmio
Santos midfielder Adriano is set to join Grêmio after failing to reach an agreement over a new contract with the Peixe.
The 25-year-old has a contract with Santos until August but can sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club as of this month.
Adriano is expected to travel to Porto Alegre and sign a three-year deal with Grêmio in the coming days, where he will receive a reported R$ 150,000 (£50,000) per month.
Grêmio, who will be required to pay Santos compensation, are hoping to conclude the deal in time to register Adriano for the Copa Libertadores group stages before February 14.
Neither club have confirmed the deal as of yet, but Grêmio director Rui Costa has previously revealed negotiations are underway for the defensive midfielder.
He said: "We did some surveys, but trading has not closed. I know he does not want to stay with Santos any longer, but the conditions of the transfer are not yet established."
Adriano came through the club’s youth system and has gone on to make more than 180 appearances for the São Paulo based club and also spent some time on loan at São Caetano.