Corinthians working with a list of five attackers to strengthen the team in 2017
There are still three months for the end of the year, but Corinthians are already working on an emergency basis in the search for new attacking players ahead of the 2017 season.
According to the information from Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade and deputy director of football, Eduardo Ferreira, have at least six names in their mind for the position. They are, Marcelo Moreno, Sassá, Luidy, Rafael Moura and Keno. 20-year-old Luidy, who belongs to CRB and has six goals in Série B so far this season, is close to completing a move to Corinthians. President of the Alagoas club, Marcos Barbosa, will go to São Paulo next week to set the sale of 40% of the economic rights of the attacker. The salary and the contract length are already agreed; Luidy will have a salary six times higher than what he currently earns and will sign for four years.
Marcelo Moreno, who is serving the last months of his contract with Changchun Yatai, is free to sign a pre-contract now. Marcelo Moreno transferred to China in February 2015, when he signed a two-year contract. This campaign, he's already scored more goals than his opening season. Timão should have stiff competition from clubs in China and Brazil for the former Cruzeiro striker. Top-scorer of Botafogo in the Brasileirão, with ten goals, Sassá also draws attention of Corinthians. He already has the endorsement of Cifut [Football Intelligence Center], an agency that helps the club in signings. The striker's contract ends in December next year.
Already Rafael Moura and Keno were offered by entrepreneurs. Rafael Moura, who plays for Figueirense, didn't cause much excitement. In turn, Keno, the most prominent player of Santa Cruz in the Brasileirão, pleases Corinthians, but he's in advanced negotiations with Santos.