Formerly of Chelsea, defender Alex may be close to a return to Santos
Santos are reportedly close to signing defender Alex, who was contracted to Italian side AC Milan until the end of last month.
Negotiations have reached an advanced stage following a meeting between the player, his manager, and the club officers. The desire of Alex to return to live in Santos with his family has been the biggest weapon of the club to convince the 34-year-old. Although Alex hasn't yet given a final answer, he left all within the club very optimistic that everything will be resolved soon. Last week, club superintendent Dagoberto Santos had said that he was negotiating with Alex, but the player would have to agree with their conditions.
During the meeting on Thursday, Alex was willing to lower the wages he used to earn in Europe, and Santos agreed to pay R$ 200,000 more than what they had initially intended. The contract length is still under discussion, but the idea of the former Chelsea man is a bond of at least two years.
Alex played the last two seasons at Milan. Before that, he played for three years at PSG, and even spent four and a half seasons at Chelsea. His gateway to Europe was PSV Eindhoven in Holland, where he stayed for three years from the middle of the 2004.