Sunday, 14 December 2008

Brazil: Adriano Set For Flamengo Return?

Reports in the Italian press suggest that Inter Milan striker Adriano may have played his last game for the club, with Flamengo thought to be leading the race for his signature.

Adriano, 26, failed to make the squad for Inter's game against Chievo Verona on Sunday, with rumours circulating that his absence was due to an alcohol relapse, rather than injury, as the club's official statement had tried to suggest.

Inter have released Adriano to return to Brazil for Christmas a week ahead of schedule, and there are growing doubts over whether he is expected to return on the 2th January as originally planned.

Nerazzurri coach Jose Mourinho is said to be losing patience with the striker, and thus a move away from the San Siro in the near future is looking increasingly likely.

Should Adriano elect to return to Brazilian football rather than stay in Europe, then Flamengo, the club at which he started his career, would hope to be in pole position for his signature.

Flamengo president Marcio Braga is keen to make a big name signing in order to appease supporters unhappy over Ronaldo's decision to move to Corinthians rather than the Rubro Negro, and there is no doubt that sealing a deal for Adriano would go a long way towards doing so.

Adriano is scheduled to discuss his future with agent Gilmar Rinaldi upon his return to Brazil, with a number of clubs in Europe and South America likely to be keeping a keen eye on his situation as it unfolds over the winter break.

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