Roma are expected to complete the signing of São Paulo defender Rafael Tolói today.
The 23 year-old will reportedly arrive in Rome this morning and undergo a medical.
The deal hinges, however, on whether the the Italian consulate in São Paulo can process the paper work in time to ensure Tolói is able to register as an EU player.
Should the transfer be processed, then the Glória d'Oeste-native will become the seventh Brazilian owned by Roma, joining Marquinho, Rodrigo Taddei, Maicon, Michel Bastos, Dodô and Leandro Castán.
Flamengo are without doubt a national institution.
As I have argued before in this space, this dates from a superb piece of marketing in the 1930s, when the club signed the three leading black players of the day - especially centre forward Leonidas da Silva, the Romario of his era. The club was thus able to rebrand itself; instead of being an elite association from Rio, they acquired the popular touch and became a national institution. Rio de Janeiro was still the capital at the time, and the glamorous new medium of radio carried Flamengo’s matches all over the land. A tradition was established – given a huge boost by the magnificent Zico side of the late 70s and 80s.