<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Pato released by Chelsea]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82793_pato_released_by_chelsea.htmlAlexandre Pato has been officially released by Chelsea today, following the conclusion of his loan spell from Corinthians. Pato spent 5 months on loan in London, appearing just three times and scoring once.

He will now return to his parent club Corinthians. Pato joins Falcao and Marco Amelia in being released by Chelsea. In a short statement, Chelsea said, “Pato arrived on loan from Corinthians in January when our striker resources were stretched.

“The Brazilian netted a debut goal, scoring from the penalty spot in a 4-0 win at Aston Villa in April, and made his one start for the Blues a week later at Swansea…Chelsea Football Club thanks the players for their contributions and wishes them success in the future.”

Pato will rejoin Corinthians for training on Tuesday, when his future will be deliberated. Pato’s contract with the club expires in January. Yahoo Esportes in Brazil reports that Corinthians manager Cristavao Borges is interested in retaining the player, concerned as he is about a lack of attacking options.

However, the board are thought to favour a loan to Europe until the end of his contract in December in order to keep his high salary off the books. Relations between Pato and Corinthians are strained and it is believed that the board favour moving him on as quickly as possible.

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<![CDATA[Leicester start negotiations for Gremio forward Luan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82792_leicester_start_negotiations_for_gremio_forward_luan.htmlPremier League champions Leicester City are preparing a €25m move for Gremio forward Luan, with Foxes officials already en route to Porto Alegre to speak with the player’s representatives, according to ESPN Brasil.

Leicester have already made an approach for Eduardo Sasha from city rivals Internacional, but appear to have turned attentions to 23 year old forward Luan, who will form part of Brazil’s Olympic squad in August.

Gremio hold 70% of Luan’s rights and his contract runs until December 2018. Last year, he rejected an offer from Valencia in Spain, but may be willing to sound out the offer from the Premier League winners.

"I try not to listen to the speculation, I try to know when I have something concrete, so I stay with a good head, only at Grêmio," said the striker on Thursday. Leicester were also rebuffed last summer in an approach for Inter midfielder Charles Aranguiz, who moved to Bayer Leverkusen.

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<![CDATA[Contract with Chelsea comes to an end, and Alexandre Pato is now free to sign a pre-contract with any club]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82789_contract_with_chelsea_comes_to_an_end__and_alexandre_pato_is_now_free_to_sign_a_pre-contract_with_any_club.html 

A final decision is not yet taken, but Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade is ready to propose the reinstatement of Alexandre Pato to the squad on Tuesday.
Alexandre Pato was on loan at Chelsea from the start of this year, but the Premier League club were not willing to activate the option to purchase him. It's important to note that Pato's loan contract is now finished and he's free to sign a pre-deal with any club from Friday. The 26-year-old was bought by Corinthians for a club-record transfer fee, but it's possible that they may lose him for free in January 2017. Corinthians could hardly recoup a part of the fee they invested in Pato, and should be the target of big criticism at the end of this year. The reasoning of the leaders is that Pato is capable of having a great Brazilian Championship and then leave the club on a high at the end of the season. Newly appointed coach Cristóvão Borges has publicly stated that Pato is a special player, and that he would receive the player well. The leaders also assess the sporting aspect and understand that Pato can make a large contribute to Corinthians on the pitch.

A final decision is not yet taken, but Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade is ready to propose the reinstatement of Alexandre Pato to the squad on Tuesday.

Alexandre Pato was on loan at Chelsea from the start of this year, but the Premier League club were not willing to activate the option to purchase him. It's important to note that Pato's loan contract is now finished and he's free to sign a pre-deal with any club from Friday. The 26-year-old was bought by Corinthians for a club-record transfer fee, but it's possible that they may lose him for free in January 2017. Corinthians could hardly recoup a part of the fee they invested in Pato, and should be the target of big criticism at the end of this year. The reasoning of the leaders is that Pato is capable of having a great Brazilian Championship and then leave the club on a high at the end of the season. Newly appointed coach Cristóvão Borges has publicly stated that Pato is a special player, and that he would receive the player well. The leaders also assess the sporting aspect and understand that Pato can make a large contribute to Corinthians on the pitch.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-07/home/Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:45:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Sevilla continues to pursue Paulo Henrique Ganso, despite seeing €8 million bid get rejected]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82788_sevilla_continues_to_pursue_paulo_henrique_ganso__despite_seeing____8_million_bid_get_rejected.html 

Although São Paulo had turned down an offer of €8 million, La Liga side Sevilla are not planning to give up on their pursuit of playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso.
According to the information from UOL Esporte, the club representative who took the proposal to São Paulo, will now discuss the next step with the board of the Spanish team. The problem is that Sevilla finds it difficult to pay more than what they've already offered for a player who will be out of contract in September 2017. Ganso, who has been a major player for São Paulo this season, will be free to sign a pre-contract with any club from the start of next year. One possibility is to wait until the beginning of 2017 to try and reach an agreement with Ganso. Another is to resume talks with São Paulo by assuming that the reason for the initial rejection was to keep all players 100% focused in the Libertadores semi-finals. This was before Ganso's injury on Wednesday, which makes him a major doubt for the opening leg next week. São Paulo owns just 32% of the 26-year-old's economic rights, and the remaining share is with investment group DIS. Hence, the club wouldn't be entitled to a large portion of the transfer fee.

Although São Paulo had turned down an offer of €8 million, La Liga side Sevilla are not planning to give up on their pursuit of playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso.

According to the information from UOL Esporte, the club representative who took the proposal to São Paulo, will now discuss the next step with the board of the Spanish team. The problem is that Sevilla finds it difficult to pay more than what they've already offered for a player who will be out of contract in September 2017. Ganso, who has been a major player for São Paulo this season, will be free to sign a pre-contract with any club from the start of next year. One possibility is to wait until the beginning of 2017 to try and reach an agreement with Ganso. Another is to resume talks with São Paulo by assuming that the reason for the initial rejection was to keep all players 100% focused in the Libertadores semi-finals. This was before Ganso's injury on Wednesday, which makes him a major doubt for the opening leg next week. São Paulo owns just 32% of the 26-year-old's economic rights, and the remaining share is with investment group DIS. Hence, the club wouldn't be entitled to a large portion of the transfer fee.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-07/home/Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:44:30 +0000
<![CDATA[French newspaper says PSG have barred the participation of Marquinhos in the Olympic Games]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82787_french_newspaper_says_psg_have_barred_the_participation_of_marquinhos_in_the_olympic_games.html 

One of the Brazilian players who was expected to play a key role during this year's Rio Olympic Games would not have the authorization of his club to take part in the competition.
According to the information from French newspaper L'Équipe, Paris Saint-Germain have barred the participation of defender Marquinhos in the Olympic Games. The publication reported on Thursday that PSG wanted the player to be part of their pre-season squad, and this wouldn't be possible if he play in Rio de Janeiro.
The news contradicts a declaration by the player himself, when he was in the United States for the Copa América Centenário. He had said: "I'm released, yes. It was all discussed, and there was a little trouble at first, but I'm Olympic age and it's all good."
If Marquinhos sits out of the tournament, then coach Rogério Micale will have to work to find a replacement under the age of 23. The three most experienced players in the group are Fernando Prass, Douglas Costa and Neymar.

One of the Brazilian players who was expected to play a key role during this year's Rio Olympic Games would not have the authorization of his club to take part in the competition.

According to the information from French newspaper L'Équipe, Paris Saint-Germain have barred the participation of defender Marquinhos in the Olympic Games. The publication reported on Thursday that PSG wanted the player to be part of their pre-season squad, and this wouldn't be possible if he play in Rio de Janeiro.

The news contradicts a declaration by the player himself, when he was in the United States for the Copa América Centenário. He had said: "I'm released, yes. It was all discussed, and there was a little trouble at first, but I'm Olympic age and it's all good."

If Marquinhos sits out of the tournament, then coach Rogério Micale will have to work to find a replacement under the age of 23. The three most experienced players in the group are Fernando Prass, Douglas Costa and Neymar.

 

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<![CDATA[Formerly of Chelsea, defender Alex may be close to a return to Santos]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82786_formerly_of_chelsea__defender_alex_may_be_close_to_a_return_to_santos.html 

Santos are reportedly close to signing defender Alex, who was contracted to Italian side AC Milan until the end of last month.
Negotiations have reached an advanced stage following a meeting between the player, his manager, and the club officers. The desire of Alex to return to live in Santos with his family has been the biggest weapon of the club to convince the 34-year-old. Although Alex hasn't yet given a final answer, he left all within the club very optimistic that everything will be resolved soon. Last week, club superintendent Dagoberto Santos had said that he was negotiating with Alex, but the player would have to agree with their conditions.
During the meeting on Thursday, Alex was willing to lower the wages he used to earn in Europe, and Santos agreed to pay R$ 200,000 more than what they had initially intended. The contract length is still under discussion, but the idea of ​​the former Chelsea man is a bond of at least two years.
Alex played the last two seasons at Milan. Before that, he played for three years at PSG, and even spent four and a half seasons at Chelsea. His gateway to Europe was PSV Eindhoven in Holland, where he stayed for three years from the middle of the 2004.

Santos are reportedly close to signing defender Alex, who was contracted to Italian side AC Milan until the end of last month.

Negotiations have reached an advanced stage following a meeting between the player, his manager, and the club officers. The desire of Alex to return to live in Santos with his family has been the biggest weapon of the club to convince the 34-year-old. Although Alex hasn't yet given a final answer, he left all within the club very optimistic that everything will be resolved soon. Last week, club superintendent Dagoberto Santos had said that he was negotiating with Alex, but the player would have to agree with their conditions.

During the meeting on Thursday, Alex was willing to lower the wages he used to earn in Europe, and Santos agreed to pay R$ 200,000 more than what they had initially intended. The contract length is still under discussion, but the idea of ​​the former Chelsea man is a bond of at least two years.

Alex played the last two seasons at Milan. Before that, he played for three years at PSG, and even spent four and a half seasons at Chelsea. His gateway to Europe was PSV Eindhoven in Holland, where he stayed for three years from the middle of the 2004.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-07/home/Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:41:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Leicester sent representatives to Porto Alegre for talks with agent of Grêmio star Luan]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82785_leicester_sent_representatives_to_porto_alegre_for_talks_with_agent_of_gremio_star_luan.html 

Premier League champions Leicester City have sent an emissary to Porto Alegre to try and sign Grêmio's Brazil U23 star Luan.
Called up to the Brazilian squad for this August's Olympic Games, Grêmio forward Luan is once again attracting interest from European clubs. Leicester City have sent an emissary to Porto Alegre to meet with Luan's agent Jair Peixoto. Grêmio are third in the Brazilian Championship table, but they haven't ruled out the player's departure. According to ESPN Brasil, Grêmio have demanded a transfer fee of €25 million during recent enquiries. The team led by Roger Machado has 70% of the economic rights of the 23-year-old, whose contract runs until December 2018. Last year, La Liga side Valencia had seen their €10 million bid get turned down. Leicester had scheduled a trip to Porto Alegre initially to discuss a deal for Internacional striker Eduardo Sasha, but talks have cooled after preliminary negotiations. There's also an assessment that Luan would adapt more easily to English football. There are also murmurs from Porto Alegre that Liverpool are also interested in Luan's services, but Leicester are better positioned at the moment to complete a deal.

Premier League champions Leicester City have sent an emissary to Porto Alegre to try and sign Grêmio's Brazil U23 star Luan.

Called up to the Brazilian squad for this August's Olympic Games, Grêmio forward Luan is once again attracting interest from European clubs. Leicester City have sent an emissary to Porto Alegre to meet with Luan's agent Jair Peixoto. Grêmio are third in the Brazilian Championship table, but they haven't ruled out the player's departure. According to ESPN Brasil, Grêmio have demanded a transfer fee of €25 million during recent enquiries. The team led by Roger Machado has 70% of the economic rights of the 23-year-old, whose contract runs until December 2018.

Last year, La Liga side Valencia had seen their €10 million bid get turned down. Leicester had scheduled a trip to Porto Alegre initially to discuss a deal for Internacional striker Eduardo Sasha, but talks have cooled after preliminary negotiations. There's also an assessment that Luan would adapt more easily to English football. There are also murmurs from Porto Alegre that Liverpool are also interested in Luan's services, but Leicester are better positioned at the moment to complete a deal.

 

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<![CDATA[Botafogo are ready to sell 19-year-old talent Lucas Ribamar after receiving €2.5 million bid from Europe]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82760_botafogo_are_ready_to_sell_19-year-old_talent_lucas_ribamar_after_receiving____2_5_million_bid_from_europe.html 

19-year-old striker Lucas Ribamar, who has had a rapid rise from the youth team to professionals this year, is reportedly close to leaving Botafogo.
According to the information from Globo Esporte, Botafogo have received an offer of €2.5 million for Lucas Ribamar, but the country of destination has not been revealed yet. Ribamar's agent Frederico Moraes had a meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday to present the offer, but the club's board asked for time to analyse it. A new meeting is scheduled for Friday, and a deal should be reached. The club holds 100% of the striker's economic rights, and are entitled to the full amount of any sale. So, a deal is expected to go through. Frederico Moraes was approached, but he declined to comment on the negotiations.
Elected as the revelation of the Campeonato Carioca, Ribamar has been attracting interest from French sides since the end of the competition and was recently scouted by Nantes. Representatives of the European club were watching some games of the striker in the stadium. Before that, Lyon and current French champions Paris Saint-Germain had already made enquiries to Botafogo coach Ricardo Gomes to ask about the youngster's profile and to know whether he fits the style of European football.

19-year-old striker Lucas Ribamar, who has had a rapid rise from the youth team to professionals this year, is reportedly close to leaving Botafogo.

According to the information from Globo Esporte, Botafogo have received an offer of €2.5 million for Lucas Ribamar, but the country of destination has not been revealed yet. Ribamar's agent Frederico Moraes had a meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday to present the offer, but the club's board asked for time to analyse it. A new meeting is scheduled for Friday, and a deal should be reached. The club holds 100% of the striker's economic rights, and are entitled to the full amount of any sale. So, a deal is expected to go through. Frederico Moraes was approached, but he declined to comment on the negotiations.

Elected as the revelation of the Campeonato Carioca, Ribamar has been attracting interest from French sides since the end of the competition and was recently scouted by Nantes. Representatives of the European club were watching some games of the striker in the stadium. Before that, Lyon and current French champions Paris Saint-Germain had already made enquiries to Botafogo coach Ricardo Gomes to ask about the youngster's profile and to know whether he fits the style of European football.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:41:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Ganso emerges as a major doubt for São Paulo's Libertadores semi-final against Atlético Nacional]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82759_ganso_emerges_as_a_major_doubt_for_sao_paulo_s_libertadores_semi-final_against_atletico_nacional.html 

São Paulo may have a big problem for the key fixture against Atlético Nacional next Wednesday, in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
42 minutes into the second-half of the 2-1 victory over Fluminense, Paulo Henrique Ganso felt discomfort on the back of his right thigh. The playmaker had to stay on the pitch, with São Paulo already making all three substitutions. São Paulo's medical department has a week to treat Ganso and get him in shape for the encounter with the Colombian team. Upon leaving the field, the 26-year-old said something that really concerns the São Paulo supporters on the eve of a decisive game. He said: "I'm out."
Meanwhile, São Paulo president Leco has confirmed the interest of La Liga side Sevilla in Ganso, and an opening bid of €8 million has already been rejected. Leco told ABC: "A week ago, it was when Sevilla made the offer. It was €8 million, but we said no because it wasn't in our minds to get rid of him for that price. Sevilla, if they want him, should make a bigger effort. We know that they will go on. The interest is strong and we are ready to negotiate, but we are talking about a very important player for us. If all parties win-win, then Ganso will play in Spanish football."

São Paulo may have a big problem for the key fixture against Atlético Nacional next Wednesday, in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.

42 minutes into the second-half of the 2-1 victory over Fluminense, Paulo Henrique Ganso felt discomfort on the back of his right thigh. The playmaker had to stay on the pitch, with São Paulo already making all three substitutions. São Paulo's medical department has a week to treat Ganso and get him in shape for the encounter with the Colombian team. Upon leaving the field, the 26-year-old said something that really concerns the São Paulo supporters on the eve of a decisive game. He said: "I'm out."

Meanwhile, São Paulo president Leco has confirmed the interest of La Liga side Sevilla in Ganso, and an opening bid of €8 million has already been rejected. Leco told ABC: "A week ago, it was when Sevilla made the offer. It was €8 million, but we said no because it wasn't in our minds to get rid of him for that price. Sevilla, if they want him, should make a bigger effort. We know that they will go on. The interest is strong and we are ready to negotiate, but we are talking about a very important player of our team. If all parties win-win, then Ganso will play in Spanish football."

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:39:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola requests information about Brazilian right-back Bruno Peres]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82758_manchester_city_boss_pep_guardiola_requests_information_about_brazilian_right-back_bruno_peres.html 

Brazilian right-back Bruno Peres is beginning to attract the interest of top European clubs after having an excellent season with Torino in Italy.
According to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has requested information about the 26-year-old Brazilian, who's also wanted by other clubs. The publication adds that Guardiola wants to reformulate the Manchester City squad, so he would be monitoring the situation of many players. After signing İlkay Gündoğan and the imminent arrival of Nolito, the idea would be to bring in two wing-backs, two defenders, a goalkeeper, a center-forward and another midfielder.
The initial plan of Guardiola was to sign Šime Vrsaljko, but Atlético Madrid acted faster and ensured the arrival of the Croatian. Thus, Bruno Peres has become an alternative for the full-back position, with Pablo Zabaleta close to leaving. Bruno Peres fits into Guardiola's style, but there's competition for Manchester City from other Italian teams. AS Roma and Inter Milan have apparently launched offers for the former Santos man, and the fee is believed to be in the region of €12 million. Another Premier League side, Watford, are also making a strong attempt to lure Bruno Peres from Torino.

Brazilian right-back Bruno Peres is beginning to attract the interest of top European clubs after having an excellent season with Torino in Italy.

According to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has requested information about the 26-year-old Brazilian, who's also wanted by other clubs. The publication adds that Guardiola wants to reformulate the Manchester City squad, so he would be monitoring the situation of many players. After signing İlkay Gündoğan and the imminent arrival of Nolito, the idea would be to bring in two wing-backs, two defenders, a goalkeeper, a center-forward and another midfielder.

The initial plan of Guardiola was to sign Šime Vrsaljko, but Atlético Madrid acted faster and ensured the arrival of the Croatian. Thus, Bruno Peres has become an alternative for the full-back position, with Pablo Zabaleta close to leaving. Bruno Peres fits into Guardiola's style, but there's competition for Manchester City from other Italian teams. AS Roma and Inter Milan have apparently launched offers for the former Santos man, and the fee is believed to be in the region of €12 million. Another Premier League side, Watford, are also making a strong attempt to lure Bruno Peres from Torino.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:37:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Arsenal have asked details about Corinthians teenager Maycon]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82757_arsenal_have_asked_details_about_corinthians_teenager_maycon.html 

Maycon, who was promoted to the professionals at the beginning of the year, has 14 games and a goal for Corinthians.
Corinthians midfielder Maycon has been the subject of enquiries from English teams before the international transfer window. Arsenal, in particular, has requested latest information about the player, who turns 19 next month. According to UOL Esporte, Arsenal's analysis department have been following Maycon's progress for many years. Recently, new information was requested concerning his physical condition and transfer situation. Arsenal are not the only team to make an enquiry for Maycon, and a deal should be similar to the one made recently by Juventus to sign Matheus Pereira.
Matheus left Corinthians for €2 million, but the values could reach up to €7 million, based on certain objectives stipulated in the contract. However, the idea of Maycon's agent is to wait for the player to claim a spot at Corinthians, and then think about a transfer. Unlike Matheus Pereira [who had just 5% of economic rights owned by Corinthians], the club owns a majority share [80%] in Maycon.

Maycon, who was promoted to the professionals at the beginning of the year, has 14 games and a goal for Corinthians.

Corinthians midfielder Maycon has been the subject of enquiries from English teams before the international transfer window. Arsenal, in particular, has requested latest information about the player, who turns 19 next month. According to UOL Esporte, Arsenal's analysis department have been following Maycon's progress for many years. Recently, new information was requested concerning his physical condition and transfer situation. Arsenal are not the only team to make an enquiry for Maycon, and a deal should be similar to the one made recently by Juventus to sign Matheus Pereira.

Matheus left Corinthians for €2 million, but the values could reach up to €7 million, based on certain objectives stipulated in the contract. However, the idea of Maycon's agent is to wait for the player to claim a spot at Corinthians, and then think about a transfer. Unlike Matheus Pereira [who had just 5% of economic rights owned by Corinthians], the club owns a majority share [80%] in Maycon.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:35:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Manchester United to launch an all-out offense for Neymar, but Barcelona ensures he will renew]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82756_manchester_united_to_launch_an_all-out_offense_for_neymar__but_barcelona_ensures_he_will_renew.html 

Premier League side Manchester United have reportedly launched an all-out offense to sign Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona.
Mundo Deportivo reported on Wednesday that Manchester United are going all-out to avoid Neymar's contract extension at Barcelona, and take the player to Old Trafford. The English club wants the Brazilian at all costs for the new project with newly appointed manager José Mourinho. The interest from Manchester United in Neymar is nothing new, as their mega offer of €192 million was rejected by the Catalans last season. This time, the immediate goal of Manchester United is to stop the imminent agreement between Neymar and Barça, which would also raise the 24-year-old's release clause.
Two employees of Barcelona, Raül Sanllehí and André Cury are still in Brazil working for an agreement with the Brazilian, and they have so far fended off very strong interest from PSG and Real Madrid. In any case, Barcelona trust the word of Neymar, who has signalled that he wants to remain at Barça. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Thursday: "Neymar wants to continue at the club and the club wants him to continue. I don't know if it will be today, tomorrow or the day after, but in the coming days we will confirm his renewal for another five seasons. He has never said that he wanted to leave the club. The club's lawyers and Neymar are closing the final details over the coming days."

Premier League side Manchester United have reportedly launched an all-out offense to sign Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona.

Mundo Deportivo reported on Wednesday that Manchester United are going all-out to avoid Neymar's contract extension at Barcelona, and take the player to Old Trafford. The English club wants the Brazilian at all costs for the new project with newly appointed manager José Mourinho. The interest from Manchester United in Neymar is nothing new, as their mega offer of €192 million was rejected by the Catalans last season. This time, the immediate goal of Manchester United is to stop the imminent agreement between Neymar and Barça, which would also raise the 24-year-old's release clause.

Two employees of Barcelona, Raül Sanllehí and André Cury are still in Brazil working for an agreement with the Brazilian, and they have so far fended off very strong interest from PSG and Real Madrid. In any case, Barcelona trust the word of Neymar, who has signalled that he wants to remain at Barça. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Thursday: "Neymar wants to continue at the club and the club wants him to continue. I don't know if it will be today, tomorrow or the day after, but in the coming days we will confirm his renewal for another five seasons. He has never said that he wanted to leave the club. The club's lawyers and Neymar are closing the final details over the coming days."

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:33:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Rogerio Micale refuses to confirm that Neymar will captain Brazil at the Olympics]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82755_rogerio_micale_refuses_to_confirm_that_neymar_will_captain_brazil_at_the_olympics.htmlBrazil’s Olympic team coach Rogerio Micale refused to confirm that Neymar would assume the captaincy of the young squad, in his press conference yesterday. Rogerio announced his 18 man squad, Neymar, along with Douglas Costa and goalkeeper Fernando Prass, are the three players over the age of 23 included in the squad.

Neymar is currently the captain of the senior side, though there are rumours that incoming boss Tite might be minded to allocate the armband elsewhere, with the Barcelona forward already overburdened in the Seleção side.

At the squad announcement press conference, Rogerio said only that he would speak with Neymar “eye to eye” before confirming his decision, “It is a difficult question,” he said, “I will speak with Neymar eye to eye, let us talk as people.

“We will look at the other players, see which characteristics of each one. I do not draw a conclusion on any player as I have been in position for a minimal amount of time. I believe that Neymar can be captain, just like any other. Everything will depend on training, our conversations and with a mutual respect for all.”

Rogerio said that speaking with his players will be his priority, before making any public announcements on the issue, “I can not get carried away by any external review without at least having a conversation.

“I want to talk to everyone and then choose the best possible way to decide who will be the captain. We have several players with this quality. And the armband is just a public display of a leader on the pitch. I do not want just one, I want everyone in this role.”

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:22:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Barca days away from announcing new Neymar deal, according to club president]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82754_barca_days_away_from_announcing_new_neymar_deal__according_to_club_president.htmlBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Neymar Junior will sign a new 5 year contract with Barcelona in the coming days. The Brazilian has stalled on signing a new deal with his current contract set to expire in 2018, amidst reported interest from Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

The Brazil captain also put contract talks on hold earlier this year as he and his father faced court proceedings for alleged tax irregularities. But it looks as though a resolution is in sight, with Bartomeu suggesting today that an announcement would be due in a matter of days.

Neymar does not want to leave the club or want to go," Bartomeu explained. "So I do not know whether it will be today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, but we will confirm the renewal of Neymar's contract for the next five seasons. He never said 'I want to leave the club.”

The deal would commit him to the Nou Camp until 2021, having arrived in Catalonia in the summer of 2013. He has won 2 La Liga titles and a Champions League winners’ medal during his time in Spain. The contract will see Neymar rewarded for his form with a handsome pay rise, partially funded by the club’s lucrative new kit deal with Nike.

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<![CDATA[Internacional interested in Pato as Chelsea loan set to expire]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82731_internacional_interested_in_pato_as_chelsea_loan_set_to_expire.htmlAlexandre Pato is reportedly subject to interest from his first club Internacional. The Gaúcho club has apparently made contact with Corinthians to express an interest in taking their academy product back to Porto Alegre, with his Timão contract set to expire in January.

Pato has spent five months on loan at Chelsea and two years on loan at São Paulo since Corinthians decided to dispense with his services in early 2014. However, they have been unable to find a permanent buyer and Pato’s contract is close to ending.

Pato has been on holiday in Brazil, with his loan deal at Chelsea to expire on Friday, his future remains uncertain. Reports in Brazil suggest that Inter are willing to take Pato on a free transfer in the hope that Corinthians will be happy just to move his sizeable salary from the books.

However, Corinthians are not thought to be keen to sell to a domestic rival, especially as Inter look set to contest for the Brasileirão title this year. The player himself is known to be set on a move to Europe, having already turned down a big money move to China.

He says he would be willing to play in a secondary European league, such as Russia or Portugal, in order to facilitate that dream. Pato joined Inter as an eleven year old before A.C Milan snapped him up aged 18 in 2007.

Pato’s agent has been coy on the reports, insisting that his client is still holding out for an offer from Chelsea, “Pato's already agreed deals with Internacional, Sao Paulo, Palmeiras, Flamengo.. but how is he going to sign for someone else when he has a contract at Chelsea until the 30th? He has a document there with a four-year contract that Chelsea will exercise if they want.

“I don't know if they will do that; I'm not Roman Abramovich. If they don't buy him, it will be up to Corinthians to decide what to do. Pato is on holiday, waiting to find out his future."

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<![CDATA[After offering €6 million and economic-rights of two players, São Paulo reach agreement to sign Maicon from Porto]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82735_after_offering____6_million_and_economic-rights_of_two_players__sao_paulo_reach_agreement_to_sign_maicon_from_porto.html 

Maicon, who arrived on loan during the third week of February, had an agreement with São Paulo until Thursday and was supposed to play his farewell game on Wednesday against Fluminense.
The board of São Paulo reached an agreement on Tuesday to sign defender Maicon from Portuguese side FC Porto. Porto accepted a proposal involving the payment of €6 million and the sale of 50% economic rights of defender Lucão and left-back Inácio. According to members of the board of São Paulo, the completion of the deal only lacks signatures of the parties involved. São Paulo had made a new proposal to Porto after seeing the initial €5 million bid get refused. The Brazilian club's executive director Gustavo Vieira de Oliveira, who was in Portugal, personally negotiated with the board of Porto. Before forwarding the agreement involving the transfer of players, Porto had requested €8 million to release the defender.

Maicon, who arrived on loan during the third week of February, had an agreement with São Paulo until Thursday and was supposed to play his farewell game on Wednesday against Fluminense.

The board of São Paulo reached an agreement on Tuesday to sign defender Maicon from Portuguese side FC Porto. Porto accepted a proposal involving the payment of €6 million and the sale of 50% economic rights of defender Lucão and left-back Inácio. According to members of the board of São Paulo, the completion of the deal only lacks signatures of the parties involved. São Paulo had made a new proposal to Porto after seeing the initial €5 million bid get refused. The Brazilian club's executive director Gustavo Vieira de Oliveira, who was in Portugal, personally negotiated with the board of Porto. Before forwarding the agreement involving the transfer of players, Porto had requested €8 million to release the defender.

 

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<![CDATA[Brazil announce squad for Olympic Games; Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus to team-up with Neymar and Douglas Costa]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82734_brazil_announce_squad_for_olympic_games__gabigol_and_gabriel_jesus_to_team-up_with_neymar_and_douglas_costa.htmlOn Wednesday, coach Rogério Micale announced the list of 18 players to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, this August.
One of the highlights was the inclusion of Palmeiras' veteran goalkeeper Fernando Prass, who hasn't been a part of Brazil's senior team. Neymar and Douglas Costa are the other two players above the age of 23. The presence of the Barcelona forward was already confirmed before the announcement because he was out of the Copa América Centenário. At a news conference, Micale said that the experience and leadership profile of Fernando Prass were instrumental in selecting the goalkeeper. PSG's Marquinhos makes the list, but the Brazilian football federation couldn't succeed in convincing the French side to release Thiago Silva.

On Wednesday, coach Rogério Micale announced the list of 18 players to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, this August.

One of the highlights was the inclusion of Palmeiras' veteran goalkeeper Fernando Prass, who hasn't been a part of Brazil's senior team. Neymar and Douglas Costa are the other two players above the age of 23. The presence of the Barcelona forward was already confirmed before the announcement because he was out of the Copa América Centenário. At a news conference, Micale said that the experience and leadership profile of Fernando Prass were instrumental in selecting the goalkeeper. PSG's Marquinhos makes the list, but the Brazilian football federation couldn't succeed in convincing the French side to release Thiago Silva.

GOALKEEPERS - Fernando Prass (Palmeiras) and Uilson (Atlético-MG)

FULL-BACKS - Douglas Santos (Atlético-MG), William (Internacional) and Zeca (Santos).

CENTRAL DEFENDERS - Luan (Vasco), Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo) and Marquinhos (PSG).

MIDFIELDERS - Rafinha (Barcelona), Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Thiago Maia (Santos) and Felipe Anderson (Lazio).

ATTACKERS - Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabigol (Santos), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) and Luan (Grêmio).

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/info_1467287297.jpgWed, 29 Jun 2016 17:25:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Santos have outlined a project to renew Gabigol's contract, and shrug off interest from Arsenal]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82733_santos_have_outlined_a_project_to_renew_gabigol_s_contract__and_shrug_off_interest_from_arsenal.html 

After getting closer to the permanence of playmaker Lucas Lima, who's expected to fulfill his contract, Santos now wants to convince Gabriel Barbosa to stay at the club.
For this, the board of Santos have outlined a career plan for the number 10. Gabigol's current contract with Santos runs until 2019, but the Brazilian side wants to renew the bond for two more years. According to Globo Esporte, Santos are willing to increase the wages of the player, and pay a signing bonus, in addition to other bonuses for objectives achieved, such as titles and number of goals scored. Just like they did with Neymar, Santos are planning to provide him profits from the exploitation of Gabigol's brand, with sales of exclusive products and events.  The career plan proposal may also include language courses, media training, a psychologist and a speech therapist.
Gabigol's family and agents understand that it would be better for the 19-year-old's career to stay in Brazil at least until the end of the year, unless they get an irresistible proposal from a big club in European football. Santos president Modesto Roma said: "We will do everything for the permanence of our players. It is good for Santos and Lucas Lima that he's fulfilling the contract. And the club also wants Gabriel to fulfill it, unless they pay the release clause. We are willing to talk, negotiate. The career of a player is not just based on money."
Last week, ESPN Brasil had reported that Premier League side Arsenal sent an official proposal to the representatives of Gabigol, and that the striker was excited by the prospect of joining the Gunners.

After getting closer to the permanence of playmaker Lucas Lima, who's expected to fulfill his contract, Santos now wants to convince Gabriel Barbosa to stay at the club.

For this, the board of Santos have outlined a career plan for the number 10. Gabigol's current contract with Santos runs until 2019, but the Brazilian side wants to renew the bond for two more years. According to Globo Esporte, Santos are willing to increase the wages of the player, and pay a signing bonus, in addition to other bonuses for objectives achieved, such as titles and number of goals scored. Just like they did with Neymar, Santos are planning to provide him profits from the exploitation of Gabigol's brand, with sales of exclusive products and events.  The career plan proposal may also include language courses, media training, a psychologist and a speech therapist.

Gabigol's family and agents understand that it would be better for the 19-year-old's career to stay in Brazil at least until the end of the year, unless they get an irresistible proposal from a big club in European football. Santos president Modesto Roma said: "We will do everything for the permanence of our players. It is good for Santos and Lucas Lima that he's fulfilling the contract. And the club also wants Gabriel to fulfill it, unless they pay the release clause. We are willing to talk, negotiate. The career of a player is not just based on money."

Last week, ESPN Brasil had reported that Premier League side Arsenal sent an official proposal to the representatives of Gabigol, and that the striker was excited by the prospect of joining the Gunners.

 

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<![CDATA[Swansea ready to offer £7 million for Grêmio attacker Miler Bolaños]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82732_swansea_ready_to_offer___7_million_for_gremio_attacker_miler_bolanos.html 

Ecuadorian attacker Miler Bolaños is a target for three Premier League clubs and could leave Grêmio in the international transfer window.
Bolaños was the marquee signing of Grêmio ahead of the 2016 season, but the player has had a frustrating spell, so far. Bolaños fractured his jaw in his second match for the Brazilian side. After recovering from the injury, he played a few games and was called up by Ecuador for the Copa América Centenário. However, he returned from the competition with a muscle injury. The number 23 has played just eight games for Grêmio, scoring two goals.
Last week, the player's agent met with Grêmio president Romildo Bolzan Júnior, and presented the interest from three clubs. Swansea, for example, have already signalled that they're willing to make a proposal of £7 million. Grêmio are yet to publicly addresses the subject, because they haven't received any official proposal. But the club knows that Bolaños is one of the most valued players in the international market.

Ecuadorian attacker Miler Bolaños is a target for three Premier League clubs and could leave Grêmio in the international transfer window.

Bolaños was the marquee signing of Grêmio ahead of the 2016 season, but the player has had a frustrating spell, so far. Bolaños fractured his jaw in his second match for the Brazilian side. After recovering from the injury, he played a few games and was called up by Ecuador for the Copa América Centenário. However, he returned from the competition with a muscle injury. The number 23 has played just eight games for Grêmio, scoring two goals.

Last week, the player's agent met with Grêmio president Romildo Bolzan Júnior, and presented the interest from three clubs. Swansea, for example, have already signalled that they're willing to make a proposal of £7 million. Grêmio are yet to publicly addresses the subject, because they haven't received any official proposal. But the club knows that Bolaños is one of the most valued players in the international market.

 

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<![CDATA[Arsenal enquire over Corinthians youngster]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82730_arsenal_enquire_over_corinthians_youngster.htmlUOL Esporte claims that Arsenal have made an enquiry over 18 year old Corinthians midfielder Maycon. The young defensive midfielder, who has made 14 appearances for Timão in 2016, has been followed by Arsenal since he played in the U-15s according to the Brazilian news outlet.

Maycon is not a regular for Corinthians yet, but it is understood that the Gunners have made checks on his progress and may be tempted by a low transfer fee, which would rise based on incentives related to appearances and performance.

Maycon’s third party owners would prefer for him to stay in São Paulo and continue his development before seeking a move for the young prospect. UOL reports that approaches for loan deals from Coritiba and Ponte Preta were rejected recently.

The youngster has found himself down the pecking order, having played for only 24 minutes in his club’s last 13 matches. He was also sent back to train with the U-20 side, an arrangement that new boss Cristavão Borges has kept in place for the time being. 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:07:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Lucas Lima reveals conversation with Hulk after receiving proposal from Zenit]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82705_lucas_lima_reveals_conversation_with_hulk_after_receiving_proposal_from_zenit.html 

The major highlight of Santos' 3-0 win over São Paulo last weekend, Lucas Lima was once again asked about a possible departure during the international transfer window.
Russian club Zenit have made a €20 million proposal to sign Lucas Lima, but Santos are trying to keep the playmaker until the end od his contract in 2017. Brazilian forward Hulk is on the verge of completing a €55 million transfer to Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, and there are speculations that Lucas Lima may come to replace the soon 30-year-old. And Lucas Lima revealed to Rádio Bandeirantes that he's had a conversation with Hulk regarding a possible move to Zenit.
He said: "In football we can never say never. Hulk spoke highly of there. We try to know the place, so we can have some idea. I asked to Marquinhos also, about PSG. We try to know some more, to already be aware of things when we get there. I've decided to do my part on the field and leave the rest outside with my father and agents. I'm happy here, I feel at home."

The major highlight of Santos' 3-0 win over São Paulo last weekend, Lucas Lima was once again asked about a possible departure during the international transfer window.

Russian club Zenit have made a €20 million proposal to sign Lucas Lima, but Santos are trying to keep the playmaker until the end od his contract in 2017. Brazilian forward Hulk is on the verge of completing a €55 million transfer to Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, and there are speculations that Lucas Lima may come to replace the soon 30-year-old. And Lucas Lima revealed to Rádio Bandeirantes that he's had a conversation with Hulk regarding a possible move to Zenit.

He said: "In football we can never say never. Hulk spoke highly of there. We try to know the place, so we can have some idea. I asked to Marquinhos also, about PSG. We try to know some more, to already be aware of things when we get there. I've decided to do my part on the field and leave the rest outside with my father and agents. I'm happy here, I feel at home."

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:39:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Palmeiras reject €20 million bid from Juventus for Gabriel Jesus]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82704_palmeiras_reject____20_million_bid_from_juventus_for_gabriel_jesus.html 

19-year-old forward Gabriel Jesus, who's having an excellent season with Palmeiras, may be the most coveted player from Brazilian football in the international transfer window.
According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus made a €20 million bid for Gabriel Jesus, but it was turned down by Palmeiras in recent days. The idea of ​​Palmeiras, who owns just 30% of the economic rights of the player, is to get a fee close to the €40 million release clause. Juventus are not part of the five teams that would have a discount in the pursuit of signing the young star. As per contractual terms, the release clause drops to €24 million for Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. In the view of Juventus, Gabriel Jesus Gabriel and Paulo Dybala would have the potential to repeat the success achieved by Neymar and Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

19-year-old forward Gabriel Jesus, who's having an excellent season with Palmeiras, may be the most coveted player from Brazilian football in the international transfer window.

According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus made a €20 million bid for Gabriel Jesus, but it was turned down by Palmeiras in recent days. The idea of ​​Palmeiras, who owns just 30% of the economic rights of the player, is to get a fee close to the €40 million release clause. Juventus are not part of the five teams that would have a discount in the pursuit of signing the young star. As per contractual terms, the release clause drops to €24 million for Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. In the view of Juventus, Gabriel Jesus Gabriel and Paulo Dybala would have the potential to repeat the success achieved by Neymar and Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:37:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Leicester representatives to arrive in Brazil this week to speed up negotiations for Eduardo Sasha]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82703_leicester_representatives_to_arrive_in_brazil_this_week_to_speed_up_negotiations_for_eduardo_sasha.html 

Eduardo Sasha is the top scorer of Internacional this season, but the attacking midfielder can be sold in the coming weeks.
According to the information from UOL Esporte, Leicester will present a new proposal for Eduardo Sasha in the coming days. The current Premier League champions are even sending officers to a meeting in Porto Alegre. The idea is to accelerate the negotiations and complete the transfer within the first week of July. The first offer of Leicester was €9 million for 60% of the economic rights that Inter holds, but the club are holding out for more. The point to be analysed by Leicester and their representatives in Brazil is the value of the other 40% of rights, which is shared by Sasha [30%] and investor Delcir Sonda [10%]. A delegation of Leicester is being readied to visit the Beira-Rio, and the meeting should take place this week. Scorer of 13 goals this year, Eduardo Sasha has a contract until the end of 2017 with Inter. He has previously been in the sights of Al Jazira, Udinese and Manchester United.

Eduardo Sasha is the top scorer of Internacional this season, but the attacking midfielder can be sold in the coming weeks.

According to the information from UOL Esporte, Leicester will present a new proposal for Eduardo Sasha in the coming days. The current Premier League champions are even sending officers to a meeting in Porto Alegre. The idea is to accelerate the negotiations and complete the transfer within the first week of July. The first offer of Leicester was €9 million for 60% of the economic rights that Inter holds, but the club are holding out for more. The point to be analysed by Leicester and their representatives in Brazil is the value of the other 40% of rights, which is shared by Sasha [30%] and investor Delcir Sonda [10%]. A delegation of Leicester is being readied to visit the Beira-Rio, and the meeting should take place this week. Scorer of 13 goals this year, Eduardo Sasha has a contract until the end of 2017 with Inter. He has previously been in the sights of Al Jazira, Udinese and Manchester United.

 

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<![CDATA[Sevilla's €8 million bid for Paulo Henrique Ganso has been rejected by São Paulo]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82702_sevilla_s____8_million_bid_for_paulo_henrique_ganso_has_been_rejected_by_sao_paulo.html 

São Paulo have rejected a proposal from Sevilla for playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso.
The information was confirmed by the press office of the Brazilian club without revealing the figures. One reason for the rapid refusal, according to the club's communication department, is the fact the board want all players 100% concentrated in the Copa Libertadores semifinals. UOL Esporte found that the offer from Sevilla was  €8 million for 100% of economic Ganso's economic rights. São Paulo owns a share of 38% while th rest belongs to to investment group DIS. Sevilla were also willing to offer the player an annual salary of €2.2 million, after discounting taxes. The amount corresponds to approximately €185,000 per-month, and it's more than double the wages [around €80,000] he currently earns. Despite the refusal, Sevilla are still hoping for a turnaround. The La Liga side are rooting for Ganso to not accept a contract renewal at São Paulo, if he isn't sold now. His current commitment to São Paulo ends in September 2017. Six months before the end of the agreement, Ganso is free to sign a pre-contract with any other club to leave São Paulo as a free-agent.

São Paulo have rejected a proposal from Sevilla for playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso.

The information was confirmed by the press office of the Brazilian club without revealing the figures. One reason for the rapid refusal, according to the club's communication department, is the fact the board want all players 100% concentrated in the Copa Libertadores semifinals. UOL Esporte found that the offer from Sevilla was  €8 million for 100% of economic Ganso's economic rights. São Paulo owns a share of 38% while th rest belongs to to investment group DIS. Sevilla were also willing to offer the player an annual salary of €2.2 million, after discounting taxes. The amount corresponds to approximately €185,000 per-month, and it's more than double the wages [around €80,000] he currently earns.

Despite the refusal, Sevilla are still hoping for a turnaround. The La Liga side are rooting for Ganso to not accept a contract renewal at São Paulo, if he isn't sold now. His current commitment to São Paulo ends in September 2017. Six months before the end of the agreement, Ganso is free to sign a pre-contract with any other club to leave São Paulo as a free-agent.

 

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<![CDATA[A meeting this week could decide Alexandre Pato's future at Corinthians]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82701_a_meeting_this_week_could_decide_alexandre_pato_s_future_at_corinthians.html 

On loan at Chelsea until June 30, Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato will return to Corinthians if the English club does not exercise the right to purchase him.
The board of Corinthians prefer to wait for a face-to-face conversation with the 26-year-old striker if he returns to the club, and then determine whether there will be a new loan. We'll also see if coach Cristóvão Borges opts to count on the player in the second half of the season, although the possibility is remote. In an interview with Globo Esporte, football manager Alexandre Nunes said that Chelsea so far gave no sign that they want to keep Pato, who's currently enjoying vacation. He said: "Today we have a new coach, and Pato has six months left in his contract. When he returns to work, we need to understand what he thinks too, and what he has designed for his career. Earlier this year, he wanted to go to Europe, and went to Chelsea. There are issues we need to sit and talk."

On loan at Chelsea until June 30, Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato will return to Corinthians if the English club does not exercise the right to purchase him.

The board of Corinthians prefer to wait for a face-to-face conversation with the 26-year-old striker if he returns to the club, and then determine whether there will be a new loan. We'll also see if coach Cristóvão Borges opts to count on the player in the second half of the season, although the possibility is remote. In an interview with Globo Esporte, football manager Alexandre Nunes said that Chelsea so far gave no sign that they want to keep Pato, who's currently enjoying vacation. He said: "Today we have a new coach, and Pato has six months left in his contract. When he returns to work, we need to understand what he thinks too, and what he has designed for his career. Earlier this year, he wanted to go to Europe, and went to Chelsea. There are issues we need to sit and talk."

 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:32:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Pato Chelsea loan to end this week, with player’s future still unresolved]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82696_pato_chelsea_loan_to_end_this_week__with_player___s_future_still_unresolved.htmlIt is expected that Alexandre Pato will return to Corinthians on Friday to try and resolve his uncertain future. His loan spell with Chelsea officially expires on June 30th and with the Brasileirão season in full swing, Pato is expected to return to São Paulo to discuss his future with Timão.

Chelsea took Pato on loan in January with an option to buy, but having only appeared for the London club three times, they will not exercise their right to make the move permanent. His contract with Corinthians expires in January and he strongly favours a move to Europe.

However, his representatives have not been able to create sufficient interest and an underwhelming loan spell at Chelsea will not have strengthened their case. Corinthians have a new manager, with Tite having left the post to take over the Brazilian national side. If new boss Cristavão Borges decides that he likes Pato, there is a possibility of reintegration.

However, Pato’s relationship with the club is not good. The supporters turned on him shortly before he left on loan for São Paulo and the player refused to extend his deal at Timão by 12 months to help them secure a transfer fee for his sale. His current salary is sizeable and Corinthians will be keen to have it removed from their books. 

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<![CDATA[Hulk to move to Shanghai SIPG in €55M move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82694_hulk_to_move_to_shanghai_sipg_in____55m_move.htmlZenit St. Petersburg striker Hulk is set to be the latest high profile Brazilian footballer to move to China, with a deal reached between the Russian club and Shanghai SIPG, who are managed by Sven Goran Eriksson.

A deal has been struck for the Brazilian in a deal worth around €55m. Ex Shakthar manager Lucescu has taken over from Andre Villas Boas at Zenit and let the ex Porto forward know that he did not figure in Lucescu’s plans.

Hulk, who was part of Brazil’s Copa América squad this summer, will join other high profile compatriots such as Alex Teixeira, Ramires, Renato Augusto, Ricardo Goulart and Gil in the Chinese Superleague, which has been flexing its financial muscle over the last twelve months.

Hulk can expect a salary of around €300,000 a week, he lands in Shanghai tomorrow morning to complete the deal, after spending four years in Russia. Hulk has previously played in Japan too. He turns 30 in July.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:02:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Felipe Anderson ‘doesn’t know why’ United move did not work out]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82681_felipe_anderson____doesn___t_know_why____united_move_did_not_work_out.htmlLazio winger Felipe Anderson has spoken for the first time about links with Manchester United. The Brazilian was consistently linked with the Premier League club last summer and throughout the January transfer window, however, a move never materialised.

In an interview with Globoesporte, Felipe admits that a deal between Lazio and Manchester United was close, but he did not why it did not come to pass, “I don’t know why it didn’t work out. But I’m very calm, I have a long contract ahead.

“I have a good relationship with the club and when I get an offer that is good for me, and especially for the club, I will leave, but I’m calm and I hope I do well for the Olympics National Team.”

With United reportedly ready to tie up a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan this week, it seems that their appetite for a wide player has been satisfied. United have also changed managers this summer, with Jose Mourinho taking over from Louis van Gaal, which likely explains the loss of interest in Anderson.

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:31:00 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Gabigol’ linked with Arsenal move]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82680____gabigol____linked_with_arsenal_move.htmlESPN Brasil are reporting that Premier League club Arsenal have made an offer for 19 year old Santos forward Gabriel Barbosa. The young Brazilian was part of his country’s Copa América squad, notching a goal against Panama in the group stages and he is also set to take part in Brazil’s Olympic squad in Rio.

It is well known that the teenager is looking to move to Europe, having been regarded as something of a sensation in the last 3 year or so back home in Brazil. There is an offer on the table from a Chinese club and one from Italian side Fiorentina.

Gabriel, nicknamed ‘Gabigol’, has been watched by Europe’s biggest clubs for some time and it is thought that his preference is to take the leap to an elite European club. ESPN Brasil report that Arsenal have approached Gabriel’s representatives and that the forward is interested in moving to London.

How real Arsenal’s interest is is open to debate. Having missed out on Jamie Vardy, it is well known that the Gunners are in the market for a forward. Santos play a similar 4-2-3-1 system to Arsenal, with Gabigol stationed in a free role on the right of the attack.

However, with the only concrete offers on the table coming from China and Florence, this could just be an attempt to flush out more elite suitors. Gabigol and his agents will doubtless look upon the Olympic games as a chance to market his talents to Europe’s big clubs. 

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http://www.sambafoot.com/datas/pictures/informations/2016-06/home/Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:03:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Arsenal want Gabigol, and he's excited by the offer]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/82666_arsenal_want_gabigol__and_he_s_excited_by_the_offer.html 

It seems like Brazilian forward Gabigol is finally attracting some concrete interest from the Premier League, and has reportedly received a proposal from Arsenal.
According to the information from ESPN Brasil, Arsenal have already sent an official offer to the representatives of the 19-year-old attacker, who's excited by the prospect of playing for the Gunners. The report adds that the new rules to work in the UK may prove to be an obstacle in the negotiations. Gabigol's representatives have three formal proposals on their hands: one from Italy, one from England and another from China. Hebei Fortune of China came up with an astronomical salary offer for Gabigol, and were even ready to trigger his €50 million release clause. However, Gabigol has told his agents that he only wish to leave Santos to one of the elite teams of European football, and Arsenal are one among them. His agents also have a letter of intent from Fiorentina, who have promised to pay €30 million to sign him.
Gabigol told last week: "Yes, I have proposals that please me from big European clubs, but that's with my parents and my agents. But I'm happy at Santos. This will be resolved soon. Santos is my home, my place, but let's take it easy and then decide."

It seems like Brazilian forward Gabigol is finally attracting some concrete interest from the Premier League, and has reportedly received a proposal from Arsenal.

According to the information from ESPN Brasil, Arsenal have already sent an official offer to the representatives of the 19-year-old attacker, who's excited by the prospect of playing for the Gunners. The report adds that the new rules to work in the UK may prove to be an obstacle in the negotiations. Gabigol's representatives have three formal proposals on their hands: one from Italy, one from England and another from China. Hebei Fortune of China came up with an astronomical salary offer for Gabigol, and were even ready to trigger his €50 million release clause. However, Gabigol has told his agents that he only wish to leave Santos to one of the elite teams of European football, and Arsenal are one among them. His agents also have a letter of intent from Fiorentina, who have promised to pay €30 million to sign him.

Gabigol told last week: "Yes, I have proposals that please me from big European clubs, but that's with my parents and my agents. But I'm happy at Santos. This will be resolved soon. Santos is my home, my place, but let's take it easy and then decide."

 

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