Corinthians believe it will be difficult to keep Renato Augusto for the 2016 season
The Brasileirão champions want to keep the league's best player for the 2016 season, but he's considering a return to Europe following the interest from German side Schalke.
Besides Schalke, Renato Augusto is also wanted by a Chinese side. According to the information from Globo Esporte, the release clause of the midfielder is €7 million, but the Germans are willing to spend €8m and force the Brazilian side to sell him. It's noteworthy that the decision will be made by the player, hence, even if Schalke deposit the amount, it is necessary that Renato Augusto wants to leave. The midfielder has ties with Corinthians until the end of 2016, and is free to sign a pre-contract with any other team starting from July. The club couldn't reach an agreement with Renato Augusto over a renewal, and the €4m figure for their 50% share in the player is deemed low by management. Bayer Leverkusen owns 40% of his economic rights, while the rest belongs to the player and businessman Carlos Leite, responsible for leading the negotiations.
Voted the best player of the 2015 Brazilian Championship, Renato Augusto had said that he would leave Corinthians in the event of a good offer from a major European club that would provide him an opportunity to compete in the UEFA Champions League. Schalke are in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League, but Renato likes the project of the German club. They see him as a good replacement for Julian Draxler who left for Wolfsburg.