BRAZIL NEWS

Striker Adriano in talks over Flamengo switch

April 29, 2009
By Soccernet Staff

Brazilian striker Adriano is in talks over a possible move to Flamengo, Brazil's most popular club, his agent said on Wednesday.

"I've had an initial contact with Flamengo. Adriano asked me to see what Flamengo have to offer," Gilmar Rinaldi, a former goalkeeper for the club, told Reuters.

"The romance has begun but we cannot yet present any details."

Earlier this month, Adriano, who began his career with Flamengo, failed to return to Italian club Inter Milan following a World Cup qualifier.

After spending several days in the Vila Cruzeiro favela where he was raised, Adriano said he had lost the pleasure of playing, did not want to return to Italy and would stay in Brazil to rethink his career.

On Friday, Inter Milan terminated his contract by mutual consent and thanked him for his 74 goals for them.

Flamengo's acting president Delair Dumbrosck said that Flamengo were looking for sponsors to make the move viable.

"He wants it, he's willing and that's important for us," he said. "We're talking to the future sponsor of the club and the future kit supplier. I think Adriano will strengthen the Flamengo brand and help us in our contract with the sponsor."

Dumbrosck said the club were determined not to let Adriano get away as they had done with Ronaldo last year.

Ronaldo used the club's facilities for his rehabilitation after suffering a serious knee injury and had widely been tipped to join them when he regained fitness.

Instead, he signed for Corinthians to the anger of Flamengo supporters and has since scored eight goals in 10 games.

"We're going to work on this and we're not going to let him go to Corinthians, Santos or Vasco," said Dumbrosck. "I think the risk is worth it, look at Ronaldo."