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Ronaldinho close to joining Santos

English.news.cn   2014-08-13 08:27:50

SAO PAULO, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho Gaucho is negotiating with Paulista club Santos a week after parting ways with Atletico Mineiro, local media reported Tuesday.

If the 34-year-old comes, it will be the Vila Belmiro outfit's second major signing in a matter of days, following the arrival of Robinho at the end of last week.

According to Globo Esporte, the club are in negotiations with Ronaldinho's brother and agent, Roberto Assis, with sources close to the player reporting that a basic salary has already been agreed.

Alongside a fixed salary, the former Barcelona star should also receive bonuses according to achievements realised with the club. Negotiations remain at an early stage.

Officially, however, Santos president Odilio Rodrigues denied there had been any contact with Ronaldinho and his representatives.

"Since the arrival of Robinho, several rumors have been circulating in the press concerning this club [Santos] and the player Ronaldinho Gaucho. However, there have been no negotiations with the representatives of the player," he said.

Ronaldinho spent two years at Belo Horizonte club Atletico Mineiro. During that time he won the 2013 Copa Libertadores, the biggest prize in South American club football.

Editor: Luan
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