Flamengo director reveals Mattheus to Juventus deal is "almost certain"
Flamengo director of football Paulo Pelaipe has revealed that the proposed transfer of Bebeto's son Mattheus to Juventus is "almost certain".
Earlier this week reports suggested the Rubro-negro had agreed a €2 million deal with the Italian giants for the 18-year-old’s services.
Flamengo have now revealed that negotiations between the clubs and MFD, the agency managing Mattheus' career, are at an advanced stage.
He told Lancenet: "There is only one document left, which will come from Italy, but the deal is almost certain."
Although the Rio de Janeiro club accepted an offer for Mattheus, the club’s board did attempt to renew his contract, which expires at the end of 2013, as they did with the likes of Rafinha, Rodolfo and Adryan.
However, Bebeto and MFD previously made it clear that the Brazil Under-20 star would not be extending his stay at the Gavea.
Mattheus was, of course, the inspiration behind Bebeto's famous cradle-rocking celebration at the 1994 World Cup.
He has been linked with a move to the Serie A giants ever since the turn of the year, with previous reports claiming initial talks began in October.