Al Ahli enters race for Brazilian striker Marinho, who scored 21 goals this season
Vitória avoided relegation from the Brasileirão, with striker Marinho being decisive by scoring seven goals in the last six games of the competition.
According to Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, Al Ahli, team of Brazilians Éverton Ribeiro and Lima, have offered €3.6 million to buy the player from Vitória. The Bahian side own 50% of his economic rights, while the rest is shared by Cruzeiro [30%] and businessman Jorge Machado [20%]. It is the biggest proposal made for Marinho since the end of the Brasileirão, but still far from the €5.1 million demanded by Vitória. After an impressive season from the attacker, the idea of Vitória is to sell him only if his release clause is met. This week, Marinho admitted to being approached by four Brazilian clubs: Flamengo, Santos, Botafogo and Grêmio. The 26-year-old enjoys a family vacation and hopes to have his future set before the turn of the year.
Without much money, Flamengo made much smaller offers, around €1.4 million, and tried to include some players in the deal, in order to reduce the cost. First, they offered attacker Marcelo Cirino, and then midfielder Gabriel, who has already played for rival Bahia. Vitória did not like the names and reiterated that the exchanges are out of the question.
Santos has been in contact with businessman Jorge Machado and Vitória since the beginning of the week. There is speculation, not confirmed by the board, that Santos would have to pay around €2 million, besides transferring Serginho permanently to Vitória - the attaching midfielder was loaned out to Vitória this year. Both Vitória and Cruzeiro have never hid the preference of selling Marinho to a club from abroad, instead of strengthening a team from Brazil. The striker has played 43 games and scored 21 goals in the current season.