Neílton's agent says he has five proposals in hand
Neílton, who is in the plans of Cruzeiro coach Mano Menezes, is wanted by Botafogo and, according to his representative, three other Brazilian clubs.
One of the highlights of Botafogo in the Brazilian Championship this year, striker Neílton is yet to define which way to go in 2017. The player has a contract with Cruzeiro until mid-2018 and was loaned out to the Rio de Janeiro side. Coach Mano Menezes plans to work with him next season, but the player is thinking about continuing at Botafogo, according to his agent Hamilton Bernard. The businessman confirmed that talks are going, and that they expect the situation to be resolved within next week.
In addition to buying part of the rights, since Cruzeiro can no longer loan him out, Botafogo would have to pay the player's entire salary. Neílton, who's supposed to return in January to introduce himself to Mano Menezes, made 72 appearances for Botafogo between 2015 and 2016, scoring 18 goals. What appeals most to the striker is to be able to play in the Copa Libertadores.
Cruzeiro holds 40% of Neílton's economic rights, while the striker himself owns another 45%. The remaining 15% is in the hands of his old club Santos. According to Bernard, Cruzeiro have already informed their desire to continue, but there are other Brazilian clubs in search of Neilton. He said: "Cruzeiro have an interest in continuing, he is interested in returning and working with Mano Menezes. We have five proposals. Cruzeiro, Botafogo and three others. All from Série A. There are two speculations from abroad, but I believe they can only evolve in January."