São Paulo seeks three more signings for 2017; Felipe Melo is one of the options
Off the pitch, São Paulo have been setting up their plannings for 2017, and the club's board, along with the coaching staff, have defined the priorities.
As mentioned in UOL Esporte, the club believes that there needs to be three more signings, as expressive as Wellington Nem, who was officially presented last week. The main priorities include a center-forward, an attacking midfielder and a defensive midfielder. The club, however, runs into financial difficulty and does not want to spend too much. Therefore, exchanges are seen with good eyes - Michel Bastos, for example, is not part of the plans and will be involved in some transaction.
For the attack, Nilmar has the approval of São Paulo president Carlos Augusto de Barros e Silva. But not all the directors consider it as a good deal because of the 32-year-old's history of injuries and his physical condition. He hasn't been used by Al-Nasr of the United Arab Emirates since May. Willian, from Cruzeiro, is also being considered, but the problem is the player's salary, which is considered high by the club's standards.
In the middle of the field, one of the options being analysed is Felipe Melo. The player of Inter Milan, is very well evaluated by the leaders. However, he must accept a salary reduction to fit in São Paulo's salary-cap of R$ 350,000. Another issue that São Paulo intends to resolve soon is the one on the left side. The board does not want to spend much to keep the Chilean Eugenio Mena, loaned out by Cruzeiro until the end of the year, at Morumbi.