Cruzeiro and São Paulo negotiate an exchange of Húdson and Neílton on loan
Cruzeiro and São Paulo are negotiating an exchange of players for 2017: the striker Neílton and midfielder Húdson.
According to Globo Esporte, the deal would be for a one-year loan, and at São Paulo, there is optimism about a positive outcome. An old target of Cruzeiro, midfielder Húdson had renewed his contract with Tricolor until 2019. Neíton, in turn, has ties until mid-2018. On Cruzeiro's side, the negotiation is being led by vice president Bruno Vicintin. The leader and Thiago Scuro, former football director, had an old desire to sign Húdson. At the end of 2015, there was an enquiry for the player, but the negotiation did not move forward. In the middle of the year, Cruzeiro were interested again, but a deal was not possible. And now for the third time, the Minas Gerais side are trying to take the midfielder. Cruzeiro doesn't comment on situations that are not treated as official, but the club are in search of a box-to-box midfielder, because they didn't exercise the purchase option on Denílson, who has returned to the United Arab Emirates. Bruno Ramires or Federico Gino, with few opportunities in 2016, should be loaned out to another club.
São Paulo had previously expressed an interest in Cruzeiro's Willian, but the salary of the attacker was deemed high. Now São Paulo are thinking of having Neílton, who was loaned to Botafogo this year. The return to Cruzeiro was requested by coach Mano Menezes, but the striker would have a lot of competition. Therefore, Bruno Vicintin had already signaled shortly after the end of the Brazilian Championship that the situation of the striker was still pending. Eugenio Mena, left-back loaned by Cruzeiro, initially would not enter the negotiation, because his price is considered expensive. The Morumbi club also considers the possibility of not having Mena in 2017 for that reason. At Cruzeiro, the Chilean would also have a lot of competition and is not a name that appeals to the board. The departure of Húdson from São Paulo is not simple, because newly appointed coach Rogério Ceni informed the executive director Marco Aurélio Cunha that he intended to count on the player for 2017. Marco Aurélio will leave São Paulo in January to return to be the coordinator of women's football, in CBF. When contacted, Húdson's manager Luciano Couto confirmed that he is talking to the board of Cruzeiro and was optimistic about a favorable outcome.
In 2016, Húdson made 49 appearances and scored one goal. His best phase was in the Copa Libertadores, in which São Paulo were eliminated in the semifinal. Neílton, meanwhile, had a good season for Botafogo, a club for which he played 54 games, scoring 12 goals.