Sheffield United eye Sao Paulo partnership

December 20, 2006

Sheffield United are in talks over a proposed exclusive partnership with Sao Paulo.

Preliminary negotiations are due to start early next year with the Brazilian giants who have produced a number of star names over the years.

If the talks are successful, the Blades would have the opportunity of bringing over several rising young players from Sao Paulo.

'Sao Paulo are renowned for producing some of the best players in the world,' said director Simon McCabe, son of plc chairman Kevin.

'Cafu, Kaka and Denilson have all come from there, and we'll be seeing how both of us can benefit from having a connection. They are very keen to have an affiliation with a Premiership club and these talks are exclusive. They aren't speaking to anybody else.

'The whole idea is to try and form some kind of link with them to make it possible for their young up-and-coming players to come here.'