Sounded out by São Paulo, Felipe Melo guarantees he hasn’t been approached by Flamengo
Brazilian defensive midfielder Felipe Melo played just two matches last month for Inter Milan, where he has been since July.
Six months from the end of the contract with Inter Milan, midfielder Felipe Melo has been linked to three Brazilian clubs: São Paulo, Flamengo and Corinthians. According to the information from Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, São Paulo were the only side from Brazil to contact Felipe Melo’s manager, José Rodríguez, a few days ago. The report says that the idea was to understand how much the former Galatasaray man receives in Italy and to know the value he would be willing to lower in his wage, in order to to facilitate a move to Morumbi. In the conversation, São Paulo said that Felipe Melo would have to lower his salaries by almost 60% but the response from the Spanish agent was obvious. Felipe Melo prefers to fulfill his contract with Inter Milan until July, earning around €400,000 per month, than returning to Brazil in January, to get around €160,000.
It’s not the talks with São Paulo that has been bothering Felipe Melo, but the speculation involving his name about a transfer to Flamengo. Revealed by the Rio club, the player has not been approached by anyone from the club since signing for Inter Milan in the middle of the year. The news that Flamengo had made an official proposal and only failed to sign Felipe Melo because of his high demands have resulted in several fans cursing him on social networks. A person close to the player was quoted: “People are calling Felipe the mercenary, but there is absolutely no proposal, not even an enquiry from Flamengo. This situation has made Felipe very upset.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport published on Monday a list of players that Inter should part ways with at the end of the season in July and the name of Felipe Melo was part of it. In the first six months at Inter, he has played just seven games.