Botafogo and Udinese appear set to finalise a deal which would see attacking midfielder Maicosuel move to the Italian club – with Clarence Seedorf seemingly set to be heading the opposite way.
The Milan maestro has long been linked with the Rio de Janeiro club and Botafogo director Anderson Barros is optimistic a deal for the 36-year-old Dutchman can be struck.
“I think it may evolve soon and hope, especially on behalf of the president, that things can happen,” he told Radio Globo.
Seedorf, whose wife if from Rio, has been heavily linked with a move to Botafogo with the club openly confirming their interest on numerous occasions.
Maicosuel meanwhile underwent a medical at Udinese this week with a view to making a €5 million move.
After agreeing a four-year deal, which would see the Série A side buy out 80% of the twenty-six-year-old’s rights, an official announcement from either club is now imminent, as Maicosuel returns to Europe for a second attempt, after a move to German outfit Hoffenheim, two years ago, turned sour.
“It’s all settled, we can complete the negotiation. The clubs are just making final tweaks to make the signing happen. We hope to return to Brazil on Friday with the deal closed,” said Maicosuel’s agent, Lê.