Palmeiras becomes the target of Chinese clubs, but board stays calm
After dismantling last year's Brasileirão champions Corinthians at the end of the competition in January, the Chinese teams will return their sights to Palmeiras, which has just raised the league title.
According to the information from Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, striker Dudu, midfielder Moisés and wing-back/midfielder Jean have been monitored and should receive proposals to play the Chinese Super League in 2017. But, unlike Corinthians, Palmeiras are not concerned about the interest from Chinese teams. If the release clauses of Corintians players were low, Palmeiras set majority of the clauses at €30 million. Palmeiras' legal director André Sica said: "Our release clauses are very high. If they take three or four players from us, then Palmeiras will be rich. It is a requirement of the club when it signs any player. We are absolutely calm about the possible interest from China or any other countries."
Corinthians lost four players from their starting XI and also a physiotherapist to China after the Brasileirao title in 2015. Ralf and Renato Augusto went to Beijing Guoan, Jádson ended up at Tianjin Quanjian, while Gil headed for Shandong Luneng, the same team as physiotherapist Bruno Mazziotti, who also works for the Brazilian national team. Gil's sale generated R$ 39.7 million, compared to R$ 17 million for Renato Augusto, R$ 6.4 million for Jádson and R$ 4 million for Ralf. Also, Corinthians did not have a majority share on the economic rights of those players; the exception was defender Gil, of whom the club owned 90%.
Dudu already had an offer from China in July when a club offered R$ 21 million to sign the striker. The proposal was not even taken into account by Palmeiras, who deemed the value as ridiculous - 50% of Dudu cost R$ 12 million in 2015. Palmeiras still has the option to buy another 50% for the same amount.