Beşiktaş preparing a €4 million bid for Cruzeiro defender Manoel
Beşiktaş are interested in Cruzeiro defender Manoel, but getting him out of Toca da Raposa will only happen if the Brazilian side receives a substantial amount from the deal.
Defender Manoel has once again been linked to Turkish club Beşiktaş. They've been showing an interest in the player for at least three years but an official offer to the player was never made. The Turkish press reported last weekend Beşiktaş would be willing to spend €4 million for the player. According to Globo Esporte, Beşiktaş had an interest in signing Manoel in August this season, but negotiations did not advance. In May, there was also a consultation. According to the representative of the player Neco Cirne, a meeting this week with the board of Atlético Paranaense may address the situation.
Cruzeiro have the majority share in Manoel's economic rights, with 50%, while old club Atlético-PR have 40%. The rest belongs to the 26-year-old himself. Cruzeiro were consulted by Globo Esporte, but said that they don't comment on situations that are not official. Atlético-PR's communications adviser says he hasn't received anything on Manoel from the board. Signed in June 2014 for R$ 9 million, from Atlético-PR, Manoel has made 102 appearances for Cruzeiro, scoring four goals, and has a contract until mid-2018. Cruzeiro would only sell the player for a good amount. In addition to Manoel and Léo, Cruzeiro also have defenders Dedé, Fabrício Bruno and now Caicedo, who was confirmed as a new signing shortly after the end of the Brazilian Championship.