The national and international soccer ball market remains agitated, with speculation and outcomes amid the opening of the transfer window.
In Brazil, Corinthians managed to advance in conversations with Inter and came closer to accepting a proposal from the gauchos for Bruno Méndez.
In Europe, the highlight goes to Manchester United’s extensive list of departures: the club confirmed that 11 athletes are saying goodbye to the team, including Cavani and Pogba.
O UOL Esporte highlights the main news of the day in the ball market. Check out:
Bruno Méndez: at Corinthians or at Inter?
Corinthians’ board agreed to make negotiations with Internacional more flexible for the purchase of defender Bruno Méndez. Timão understands that the request of US$ 6 million (R$ 29.89 million) for 50% of the rights of the defender is high by the standards of Brazilian football and accepted to reduce the values, but without revealing numbers and conditions. Behind the scenes, Colorado is confident with the player’s permanence.
“If Inter wants to, it’s very simple. We’ve already passed our decision. The value is pre-established at 6 (million dollars), but we never said that we would negotiate just for that value. We are flexible, Inter are very close, it’s feasible, and it’s in Internacional’s hands”, said Alessandro Nunes, football manager for Corinthians, today (10) at CT Joaquim Grava.
In the next few weeks, Corinthians fans should prepare for the ‘reopening’ of an old soap opera that has not yet ended: the search for a number 9 shirt in the ball market. After terminating yesterday (9th) with Jô, after repeated cases of indiscipline by the athlete backstage, Timão is looking for a replacement part for the squad commanded by Vítor Pereira, who now has only Júnior Moraes for the position of center forward.
Corinthians’ situation is worrying. Without Jô, the team loses the only striker with offensive air play characteristics. For the 9th position, the coaching staff’s options are Júnior Moraes, a mobility striker, Róger Guedes —who reportedly prefers to play openly on the left side of the field— and the boy Felipe Augusto, only 18 years old, and still an athlete of the base categories.
Vidal wants Fla, but…
With the assumed desire to play for Flamengo, Arturo Vidal may have a new destiny in his career. According to the newspaper ‘La Tercera’, the Chilean midfielder received a millionaire offer from Al Rayyan, a Qatari club.
Al Rayyan’s proposal for Vidal is a contract valid for two seasons and a salary of eight million dollars a year (about R$ 39 million). Close to the Qatar Cup, the club wants to make another media signing. Colombian James Rodriguez is already in the team.
At 35 years old, Vidal still has a contract with Inter Milan until June 2023. However, the Chilean player will not continue at the club, which will exercise the payment of the release clause. The value is 4.5 million dollars (about R$ 22 million).
Negotiation between Grêmio and Lucas Leiva stalls
The negotiation of Grêmio to hire midfielder Lucas Leiva has not advanced in recent days. However, the gaucho club remains interested in the return of the scorer, formed in the Grêmio base and who left the club in 2007. After evaluating internally, the Tricolor left for an official offer to the athlete. The conversations progressed and the Grêmio commando even stated that he was ‘dating’ with him, but there was no conclusion so far.
Lucas passed through Liverpool, from England, and Lazio, from Italy, while he was in Europe. He said goodbye to the Italian club at the end of his contract, at the conclusion of last season.
Zidane and PSG: almost there
Zinedine Zidane will replace Mauricio Pochettino as PSG coach next season. The information is from French radio Europe 1. RMC, another French radio station, later said the club and coach were close to reaching an agreement.
Pochettino, who was appointed manager of the club 18 months ago, failed to lead PSG to the Champions League title, being knocked out in the round of 16 by Real Madrid this season. The 49-year-old former midfielder has been without a club since leaving the Spanish team at the end of the 2020/21 season.
If the news is confirmed in the coming days, Zidane will command stars such as Neymar, Lionel Messi, Mbappé and company.
You must stay in the dream…
Lucas Moura’s recent appearances at São Paulo excited a good part of the crowd, fueling the hope of the attacker’s return to Morumbi in the short term. Enjoying vacation in Brazil, the player revealed in Cotia went to the stadium to watch a Tricolor game, met with President Julio Casares and, this week, gave a lecture to youngsters from the club’s basic categories. But your situation is far from simple.
Lucas Moura has a contract with Tottenham, from England, until June 2023. In a few weeks, starting in July, Brazilian clubs will be able to hire players from outside the country, but São Paulo has no expectations of repatriating the athlete this window. of transfers – even with the midfielder’s future being “hazy” in England.
United dispenses a full squad
Manchester United have confirmed that 11 players will leave the club at the end of their contracts. From the main squad, the club informed that it will not renew the contracts of Lee Grant, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matić, in addition to Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani, who had already had their departures confirmed.
In the youth categories, five other players will not have their contracts renewed: D’Mani Mellor, Reece Devine, Paul McShane, Connor Stanley and Paul Woolston.