CRUZEIRO find themselves in a tug-of-war with Brazilian champions Corinthians and São Paulo over play-maker Walter Montillo.
The Argentine has been one of the few highlights for Cruzeiro, who finished the season just a point above the relegation zone. Corinthians have quickly identified the 27-year-old as key part of their plans to strengthen their squad for an assault on the Copa Libertadores, whilst city rivals São Paulo have also earmarked Montillo as part of their restructuring after failing to qualify for next year’s Libertadores.
Cruzeiro remain defiant to hold onto their number ten, despite public claims from Montillo’s agent stating he wishes to leave the club and double his salary at Corinthans. The Belo Horizonte club have put a €15 million valuation on the player and rejected Corinthians’ offer of less than half the desired amount.
São Paulo also tested Cruzeiro’s resolve by matching Corinthians’ €6 million offer but also included three players (Carlinhos, Henrique and Jean) into the deal. But their offer was also knocked back.
Corinthians could turn their attentions to Grêmio’s Douglas should negotiations with Cruzeiro reach a stalemate. Whilst Cruzeiro’s plans for the new season are well underway with the club having signed defenders Mateus, Tiago Carvalho and Gilson and midfielders Rudinei and Amaral.