Agent: Grêmio interested in Rafael Carioca to replace Fernando
Grêmio are interested in Spartak Moscow's defensive midfielder Rafael Carioca, according to his agent Róbson Braga.
The Spartak Moscow midfielder would be the replacement for Fernando, who is expected to move to European football soon, Napoli are the main candidates to sign him.
Rafael Carioca's agent Róbson Braga talked to Rádio Gre-Nal about his situation, he said: "I found out last Saturday, through Jorge Machado, that Grêmio would be interested and that president Fábio Koff made an official offer.
Grêmio did not set any deadline to finalize the negotiations, we are working to have him released, as we renewed his contract recently."
He extended his contract with Spartak Moscow until 2017, so a permanent transfer is deemed unlikely to happen.
Agent Róbson Braga believes a move back to Brazil would be good, he said: "Even for Spartak that move would be interesting, as Rafael Carioca would be in Brazil during a World Cup year and would gain more visibility.
If he is called up for the national team, as he wants, it increases the Russian club value as well."