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Long-Term Midfield Target’s Move To Brazil Still In The Works

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.

15 comments so far

  • Return of the Geordi

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope Platini goes down and takes UEFA and FIFA with him, two rotten organisations with no accountability to anyone.

  • Return of the Geordi

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    wow rush of blood first lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ll spare the TWO reposts.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Return of the Geordi,
    I really hope so too, FIFA has been like a succession of bent emperors since that Brazillian bloke took over from Sir Stanley Rous, him to Blatter, Blatter to Platini, no doubt Platini would have handed down the reigns to his protege at sometime as well, I bet Churnley wishes it was him.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m blaming you Rob. Got the Peter Lovenkrands song stuck in my head and keep singing it. 🙂

  • Diddly

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Signed him for free from Germany

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail, agreed – new broom required at FIFA, but their influence is so entrenched in all the Regional bodies also (UEFA, ConCacaf etc), they need a clear-out too. Where do you find replacement football administrators with the expertise and political contacts required to run global football, without the taint of corruption?

    It’s a mess and will take years and some deep and honest soul-searching to sort it out.

    Cycling and athletics have been dong a good job with their sports, football should look to them for guidance.

  • Sheik-en but not stirred

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8


    I’ll have to look it up as I haven’t seen it… But I’m glad they will get done for it!!

    Australia got screwed with that bid and should of got it but the tossers at FIFA were all taking bribes

  • toon22

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Maybe it will spark some kind of moral minimum requirements in football
    Anything to rid us of MA

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Lol Bobby, I’m not going to apologise.


  • giimps

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Sibierski was one of mine too, always a tryer Peter was the man though

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Sheik-en but not stirred,
    I’m sure it will be on You Tube but prepare to have your pi$$ boiled by it 😮
    Should have definitely been Australia, hosted a brilliant Olympice and Rugby world cup, have all the infastructure and are a true sporting nation who are present at most world cups, an absolute disgrace how Qatar got it.

  • toon22

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    How can you have a World Cup in the desert

  • ToonRich

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    F*%$ FIFA…thats the least of our problems unless they can implicate MA/Sports Direct in it – could he be a main sponsor haha!!

    According to the Times’ Gary Jacob, Rafa Benitez received an offer worth £12m per year last night to take charge of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang. – Worrying??

    If true, its certainly a tempting money offer. I dont think Rafa would take it though. Too far from his family.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Expecting a good batting performance from England today – providing rain doesn’t spoil the day; it is Old Trafford after all.


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