The attacking-midfielder is likely to complete his one year loan to the gaúcho club on Monday.
Dudu is expected to be presented as a Grêmio player on Monday after first going to the Estádio Olímpico to sign his contract.
Owner of the player’s economic rights, Dynamo Kiev, are thought to be interested in Grêmio’s striker Mamute and it’s still possible that the player could be included in the deal.
“Nothing is confirmed yet. It could involve a player, but it’s not yer decided which. It should be finalised this afternoon,” said Grêmio’s director of football Marcos Chitolina.
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.