Cruzeiro inform Santos that they won't sell defender Manoel, except for an irrefutable offer
25-year-old Cruzeiro central defender Manoel should stay at the club for the 2016 season, despite interest from Santos.
According to Globo Esporte, Santos are searching for an experienced defender and contacted Cruzeiro for Manoel, but backed off after being told that the club has no interest in releasing the player, except for an irrefutable offer. Following the departure of Werley and a serious muscle injury suffered by David Braz, Santos could start the 2016 Campeonato Paulista with only three options for the defense; Gustavo Henrique, Paulo Ricardo and Leonardo. Difficulties in the market after failing to advance in negotiations with Gum, Pedro Geromel and Alan Costa, the club consider promoting youngster Lucas Verissimo to the professionals and reintegrate Jubal who's returning after a loan spell at Avaí. Manoel ended 2015 as a starter under coach Mano Menezes, and those responsible for managing his career ensures that the player would only leave Cruzeiro for European football.