Earlier this month, we reported on the strange news that Thiago Maia almost was on his way back to Brazil.
It seemed that Brazilian club Flamengo was on the brink of sealing a loan with an option to buy deal for Maia at just €8.5M.
The news at the time was that Maia’s current club Lille had at the last minute made additional demands and this ended up dooming the proposed move.
New details have come out about what the last minute demand was and also that Flamengo are determined to bring Maia to the club this summer.
Thiago Maia– before one of his two caps for Brazil
Reporter Gustavo Henrique with Radio Globo in Rio De Janeiro, who has continual reported on this saga, is now disclosing that Lille demanded Brazilian seventeen-year-old Reinier Jesus Carvalho be included in the deal for Thiago. Reinier is a Brazilian attacking midfield prodigy who has recently been linked to Real Madrid.
We can see now why Flamengo were so reportedly outraged at this late demand. According to Gustavo Henrique, Flamengo are determined to renegotiate a deal for Maia.
Maia had a very poor season at Lille which has seen his transfer value significantly decline, which we chronicled in May.
He had been a top target of Rafa Benitez over the past year. So maybe Newcastle can go back in for the young midfielder this summer as he is available and for a low fee.