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Report: Marseille close in on a deal for Botafogo defender Dória

Dória [L] of Botafogo battles for the ball with Armando Solís of Independiente del Valle during their Copa Libertadores match on March 18, 2014
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Marseille are closing in on the signing of Botafogo defender Dória, according to reports.

GOAL.com claims that the 19 year-old will have a medical on Monday, ahead of completing a €10 million switch.

Botafogo Head Coach Vágner Mancini confirmed that the deal was likely to happen on Sunday - Dória sat out the 1-0 win over Santos - and admits that the centre-back will be missed.

"He's a spectacular athlete, he's so much more than everybody thinks,” stated the 47 year-old tactician.

"He'll be soon be playing for Brazil. I am sorry he's leaving, we'll miss him very much. He's an unique talent. I wish him luck for his future career.”

Dória, who has been capped once by Brazil and was part of an U-20 side that won the 2014 Toulon Tournament, has scored twice in 68 appearances for Botafogo. 

 
 

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