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New Grêmio signing Hernán Barcos: It was time to leave Palmeiras

New Grêmio signing Hernán Barcos believes it was time to leave recently relegated Palmeiras and hopes to increase his chances of an international call-up from Argentina following the move.

The 28-year-old striker had looked to stay at Palmeiras despite their demotion to Serie B last season but Grêmio moved quickly to bring in the striker before the registration process for the Copa Libertadores closes on Tuesday.

The Argentine striker has signed a three-year contract with the Porto Alegre club, who, along with a payment of $2million, have sent Marcelo Moreno, Léo Gago, Vilson, Rondinelly and Leandro to Palmeiras on loan as part of the deal.

Barcos has stated that he is leaving the Verdão with a heavy heart but believes the solution was best for both clubs.

He said: "I've always said that I would leave the club if a great offer came for me. We concluded that Palmeiras would be the best solution. It is time to go.

"Obviously, I am sad and upset because I still had a lot to do here. It was not an easy decision to make.

"I also lost some visibility for the Argentine selection and I hope that I can catch up at Grêmio."

Barcos was in impressive form for Palmeiras last season, helping the Verdão win the Copa do Brasil and scoring 28 goals in 55 appearances over the course of the season.


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