Fluminense says none of the Brazilian clubs can afford Gustavo Scarpa's release clause
Fluminense director Alexandre Torres says that attacking midfielder Gustavo Scarpa is in the plans of coach Abel Braga for 2017, and avoids confirming the transfer of Cícero to São Paulo.
One of the major highlights of 2016, Gustavo Scarpa got into the sights of league champions Palmeiras, but he wouldn't leave Laranjeiras if it depends on his club Fluminense. The team from Rio de Janeiro are not even think about negotiating him with a Brazilian club. On Tuesday, club director Alexandre Torres assured that teams from Brazil cannot afford to pay the release clause of Gustavo Scarpa, who has a contract with Fluminense until 2019 and is negotiating a renewal. Torres said: "Scarpa is a player who is in Abel's plans, he counts on that player to be part of his team. Now in today's football, the player has a national and international clause. If someone can pay this clause... The national clause, I don't know for sure [the figure], but surely no team will be able to pay."
Asked about the possible departure of Cícero to São Paulo, who would've reached a financial agreement with Fluminense and the player, Torres preferred to remain cautious. He admitted the possibility, but chose not to confirm. He added: "Cícero is a player that interests several teams. He's a player who plays in various positions, who score goals, has many qualities, and he's a player that also interests Fluminense. We cannot say that Cícero will leave, and that Fluminense are 'pushing' Cícero. The contract runs until the end of 2017, so we have the player. If there's an interest in the player for a transfer that is advantageous for him and will not harm Fluminense, we will analyse. But I would say it is not sealed [business with São Paulo]."