RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Newly promoted Brazilian club Palmeirashave expressed their interest in signing Ronaldinho.
The 33-year-old playmaker is out of contact with Campeonato Brasileiro rivals Atletico Mineiro and has been non-committal about his future in recent interviews.
Palmeiras, promoted to Brazil's top-flight after winning the Serie B championship last month, are understood to be seeking a commercial sponsor to bankroll the deal.
"Every club is talking about Ronaldinho because he is such a great player," Palmeiras' executive director Jose Carlos Brunoro told Radio Globo on Thursday.
"Of course he interests us, but we are a long way from signing him at this stage. If he is still available in January, we can start thinking about it."
Last week the two-time FIFA world player of the year said his brother and agent, Roberto Assis, would discuss the World Cup winner's future with Atletico officials in the coming days.
Palmeiras would need to meet Ronaldinho's monthly salary demands of 380,000 US dollars in addition to image rights.
"We think that he pays for himself through marketing, but we want to be sure before we make any deal with any player," Brunoro said. "There has to be no doubt that everything will be paid for."
Ronaldinho hints at new Atletico Mineiro deal
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Ronaldinho has expressed his desire to sign a new contract with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.
The 33-year-old's current deal expires on December 31 but the star's brother and agent, Roberto Assis, is set to hold talks with Atletico officials in the coming days.Full story