Gustavo Scarpa admits contact from Palmeiras, but says the focus is on Fluminense
Present in a charity event held by Zico at the Maracanã, Fluminense midfielder Gustavo Scarpa admitted that Brasileirão champions Palmeiras made contact to try and sign him.
The youngster, however, recalled the issues involving his release clause and assured that his focus is on Fluminense. During the week, in an interview with SporTV, Fluminense director Alexandre Torres said that the release clause of Gustavo Scarpa for Brazilian teams is high and that none of them could afford to pay it. The 22-year-old midfielder also admitted that other clubs have shown interest in signing him, in addition to the league champions. To have Scarpa, Palmeiras are willing to pay a salary in the region of R$ 300,000 but his release clause for domestic teams is R$ 33 million. 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, then... The national clause, I don't know for sure [the figure], but surely no team will be able to pay."
Scarpa said: "They [Palmeiras] talked to my businessmen about the possibility, but we know that for a club in Brazil it's complicated - paying the release clause. But that's it, my focus is in Fluminense. I still do not know what I'm going to do tomorrow, but I have a contract until 2019 with Fluminense and I'm going to fulfill my contract, unless they pay the release clause. For me to leave, they need to pay the clause. But my focus is in Fluminense and I intend to fulfill the contract. My agents filter a lot of things, they talked about the interest of some clubs, but I try not to get too involved, I trust their work, of course the last word is mine, but I trust them."