Atlético Mineiro striker Lucas Pratto denies contact with Palmeiras
Argentine striker Lucas Pratto says he does not know anything about a negotiation with Palmeiras or abroad, and finds it difficult to defend another Brazilian club, due to his identification with Atlético Mineiro.
One of the major players of Atlético Mineiro, striker Lucas Pratto prefers to remain oblivious to the speculations involving his name. In recent weeks, it was reported that Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli would have expressed an interest in signing the 28-year-old Argentine. Spanish media reported that the Spanish club could involve attacking midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso in the negotiation. Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola had reported the alleged interest of Palmeiras in Lucas Pratto. But Globo Esporte in São Paulo had contact with various sources linked to Palmeiras, and all denied the interest. The subject reached the ears of Lucas Pratto, who also denied any contact with Palmeiras. The Argentine ensures that he knows nothing and that he only thinks about the final of the Copa do Brasil, this Wednesday, at the Grêmio Arena, against Grêmio.
Pratto said: “I do not follow much of what the press says. I know everyone is talking about Palmeiras’ interest. I don’t know if Palmeiras called Atlético Mineiro, I don’t know anything. Very difficult when an Argentine player is identified with a team, it is difficult to change. Talks about it, now, does not enter my head.”
At the beginning of the year, Atlético Mineiro had rejected a very good offer from China for Lucas Pratto. With 103 games for the club, the Argentine striker has scored 42 goals. He won the Campeonato Mineiro in 2015 and was called up to the Argentine national team in 2016.