Palmeiras executive director Jose Carlos Brunoro admits Ronaldinho interest
Executive director Jose Carlos Brunoro has confirmed Palmeiras are interested in Ronaldinho.
The attacking midfielder’s contract with Atlético Mineiro expires on 31 December. As yet, no agreement has been found for a renewal.
Roberto Assis, Ronaldinho’s agent and brother, was expected to hold talks with club officials this week, after the 33 year-old confirmed his desire to stay at O Galo.
If Assis' discussions do not reach a positive outcome, however, Ronaldinho may be forced to look elsewhere. Grêmio, where he started his career, are believed to be interested, as are Spor Toto Süper Lig side Beşiktaş and Palmeiras.
The eight-time Brasileirão champions are looking for a marquee signing, after securing promotion back to Brazil’s top flight. Brunoro believes Ronaldinho can be that player, though admits any deal would rely on financial support.
"Every club is talking about Ronaldinho because he is such a great player," he told Radio Globo on Thursday.
"Of course he interests us, but we are a long way from signing him at this stage. If he is still available in January, we can start thinking about it.
"We think that he pays for himself through marketing, but we want to be sure before we make any deal with any player. There has to be no doubt that everything will be paid for.”
Ronaldinho joined Atlético Mineiro in June 2012, after leaving Flamengo. The Brazil international, capped 97 times, was integral as they won the Campeonato Mineiro and Copa Libertadores this season.