Rômulo wants to leave Spartak and awaits a deal with Flamengo
Flamengo are confident of having Brazilian midfielder Rômulo in their squad for the upcoming season.
The Spartak Moscow player landed in Rio de Janeiro last Wednesday and no longer wants to play for the Russian side. He has already traveled with his family to Picos, in Piauí, his hometown, where he will be celebrating the New Year. According to UOL Esporte, Rômulo did not meet his agent Carlos Leite in Rio de Janeiro. Talks took place between the agent and Flamengo, while the player was "released" by the representative to enjoy the vacation and will be communicated by phone about every step of the negotiation. Despite the interest of other clubs, the leaders of Flamengo are encouraged by the good relationship between the parties involved. Rômulo is dissatisfied at Spartak, and wishes to return to Brazil after more than four years in Moscow. His current bond ends on June 30, 2017 and the negotiations with the Russians are for a release before the end of the contract, preferably immediately. For this, Flamengo must bear the costs of the transaction. The midfielder is considered by the technical committee as a fundamental piece to balance the team's midfield, in a year where they return to the Copa Libertadores. He would assume the position currently occupied by Márcio Araújo, since he has characteristics to play the box-to-box role, and as a defensive midfielder.
Rômulo has a dream of playing in the Brazilian national team again and believes that playing in the country will put him on the radar of coach Tite after a period of injuries. Alongside the family, he is determined not to act in Russia anymore. However, even if the negotiation is on the way to a happy ending, the midfielder may still have to present himself at Spartak in the early days of January. This is also the desire of the Russian club, which intends to finalize any situation regarding the future of Rômulo only in early 2017. Flamengo works to speed up the process and count on the player as soon as possible. The desire of Rômulo to return to Brazil has a considerable weight in the negotiations and has become Flamengo's main trump card. Rômulo is 26 years old and was sold by Vasco to Spartak Moscow for R$ 20 million in 2012. In addition to Rômulo, Flamengo are trying to sign a wide-forward, with the club already conducting talks for Vitinho, Marinho and Willian. A midfielder and a left-back is also expected to arrive next season.