São Paulo offer Wesley in exchange for Willian, but Cruzeiro refuses
The negotiation between São Paulo and Cruzeiro for striker Willian has stalled.
According to the information from Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, the team from Minas Gerais once again refused a suggestion put forward by São Paulo, now with Wesley. Before, Cruzeiro coach Mano Menezes had already vetoed the possibility of exchanging Willian for Michel Bastos. Cruzeiro insists on having Thiago Mendes to free theit attacker. A starter in 93% of São Paulo's games this season, Thiago Mendes is in the plans of president Leco for next season. In recent days, Santos also entered the race for Willian, who finished the 2015 season on a high but lives ups and downs in 2016. Willian is 29 years old and arrived at Cruzeiro in 2013 from Ukrainian side Metalist. Under Mano Menezes, he finished the 2015 Brasileirao with 13 goals in 46 matches. This year, he has only scored seven goals in 43 games, out of which 17 were sub appearances.
In addition to trying for Willian, São Paulo also negotiates with Thiago Neves, although the club director, Marco Aurélio Cunha, doesn't confirm. The journalist says that Thiago Neves has decided to leave Al Jazeera of the United Arab Emirates in 2017. His contract ends in another 13 months, but the former Fluminense player is determined to return to Brazil and should be released by the Arabs. The problem for São Paulo is the high salary of Thiago Neves - R$ 1 million [€270,000].