Former Manchester United striker and crowd favourite Diego Forlan could be on the verge of a controversial move in Brazil.
Forlan was strongly linked with a Premier League return before Christmas, as West Ham United closed in on him but Brazilian newspaper Lancenet Has run a report which reveals why he may have turned that down.
Forlan moved to Brazilian side Internacional following a spell with Inter Milan in Serie A and the paper says he could be about join Botafogo, which would be based on him being released early from his contract with the Brazilian club.
“The board of Botafogo has been trying in recent weeks, a way to facilitate the hiring of striker Diego Forlán, International. At Inter, Uruguayan, best player of the World Cup 2010, has a contract until July 2015. However, Alvinegros hope he gets his release to close the deal,” reads the opening of the report on Lancenet
Forlan has created a strong reputation for himself quickly in Brazilian football with a strike rate in league games of one goal for every two matches, which will be enviable to plenty of top flight strikers across the world.
The main obstacle to his next move is reportedly the finances, both personally and professionally.
For the former United favourite to move to Botafogo, that club appear to be relying on Internacional releasing him from his current deal, which as stated runs until 2015.
Any professional football club across the world would struggle to see the business sense in a decision like that when they can obtain some sort of worthwhile fee if they chose to sell to another club.
The same report suggests that he could have earned around £700,000 if he'd gone with a move to FC Dallas, which is a massive amount of cash, especially for a player towards the end of his career.
Whether Botafogo are willing to pay that amount of cash remains to be seen until a deal is agreed between the two clubs but it’s highly debatable and is the main obstacle to any deal ever going through.
Watch this space.
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