Report: Figueirense and Vasco da Gama to compete to sign free agent Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto (top L) of Botafogo gestures in front of Juan Sebastián Verón (bottom) of Estudiantes de La Plata as team-mates look on during their Copa Sudamericana match at Estádio Olímpico João Havelange on 5th November, 2008
Vasco da Gama face competition from Figueirense to sign free agent Carlos Alberto, according to reports.
Lancenet, as cited by The Statesman, claims that the two Brazilian outfits are eager to bring in Carlos Alberto, who has been without a club since leaving Botafogo in January 2015.
The 30 year-old midfielder has previously played for Vasco between January 2009 and July 2013 and despite scoring 12 goals in 69 appearances, he was loaned to Grêmio and Bahia during that spell.
Vasco eventually released him and he had a stint with Goiás, before joining Botafogo in May 2014. He would go on to make just 13 appearances in the Brasileirão for the Estrela Solitária.
Carlos Alberto is perhaps best known for his spell at FC Porto. They signed him from Fluminense for a reported fee of €2.5 million in January 2004 and though he scored just twice in 24 appearances, he was a key part of then manager José Mourinho’s side that won the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League and Primeira Liga title.
The following season, he also won the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and Intercontinental Cup, before moving to Corinthians for a reported fee of €10 million in January 2015.
He would go on to win a Brasileirão title with them, but was sold to Werder Bremen in July 2007 for a reported fee of €7.8 million and eventually loaned to Botafogo and Vasco, who he ultimately joined on a free transfer.
Carlos Alberto is not the only player the Gigante da Colina are believed to be targeting ahead of their return to the Brasileirão. Former Botafogo left full-back Júlio César and another free agent, midfielder Diguinho, are also saide to be under consideration.