Corinthians and Atlético Mineiro negotiating for Marlone, who’s also wanted by an Italian team
Scorer of eight goals for Corinthians this season, attacking midfielder Marlone is one of the priorities of newly appointed Atlético Mineiro coach Roger Machado.
Through his representative, Marlone has said ‘yes’ to the salary offer made by Atlético Mineiro shortly before being informed, on Thursday, about an enquiry from Italian football. According to Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, the sale to Atlético Mineiro has not yet been sealed because Corinthians disagreed on the form of payment of the R$ 12 million offered for 100% of Marlone’s economic rights. The idea of the president Daniel Nepomuceno is to pay R$ 6 million in cash and then the other half in instalments. In that scenario, Corinthians, who own 50% of his rights, would only receive R$ 3 million to reinvest in transfers. The idea of Corinthians is to pocket the R$ 6 million and then seek a substitute in the market. The other 50% of Marlone’s economic rights belong to Elenko Sports, owned by agents Fernando Garcia and Guilherme Miranda.
Meanwhile, the news that Marlone was close to Atlético Mineiro has come to Italy. In the morning, a club from Italy’s top division made contact with the owners of Marlone’s rights to inform them that they intend to formalize an official offer in the next few hours. The report claims that Corinthians may try to delay an agreement with Atlético Mineiro, with an eye on the chance of earning more money. Marlone played 35 matches and scored eight goals for Corinthians in the current season – five more than his tally at Sport Recife despite having played the same number of games.