In the opinion of Palmeiras, the silence was what ensured the success in the hiring of the Uruguayan striker Miguel Merentiel, 26 years old, announced yesterday (18).
Aware of the image that the club awakens in the South American market — financially well-positioned, with a generous budget to spend —, the alviverde board has sought to keep its investments in a discreet way. Even more so after some failed negotiations in recent months. To close with Merentiel, this discretion had the reciprocity of the player’s agents and the board of Defensa and justice (ARG), your former club.
Marcelo Tejera, an agent for the Uruguayan, arrived in São Paulo to handle the transaction approximately a week ago. The player, of course, had been on the club’s radar for a long time, supported by the analysis of its experts. According to club sources heard by the UOL Esporteconversations started about 20 days ago.
These sources from the football department also say that they were surprised by the amount requested by the player’s representatives, considered low: US$ 1.5 million (R$ 7.5 million approximately) for 80% of the economic rights.
Merentiel landed in the capital of São Paulo at dawn from Monday to Tuesday, the day he underwent the medical exams at the Football Academy, without such information leaking in the slightest, which is seen internally as an achievement.
The hiring is also evaluated as a victory for the Anderson Barros model of negotiating. A figure averse to the spotlight, the football director was the one who led the negotiations at the Academy.
The choice of name also followed the modus operandi idealized by the director, who first, together with the analysis department, identifies characteristics that fit what the club wants. Afterwards, he takes the names for the knowledge and approval of Abel Ferreira and his technical committee. To only then open conversations, with the target already defined.
That’s what happened in the cases of midfielder Jailson and defender Murilo. The defender, who came from Lokomotiv (RUS) for R$ 14 million (80% of the rights), in fact, has even had polls to return to European football, but he has no chance of being released by Verdão.
More than a month of pre-season
Despite only being able to take the field from July 18, at the opening of the transfer window, Merentiel is expected at the Football Academy to start work in June.
As it did with Dudu last year, Palmeiras will be able to acclimate their future shirt number 9 with more than a month of pre-season, although the Uruguayan’s situation is quite different from Dudu’s.
Unlike shirt 7, who had been out for a long time after playing in an already technically weak league, such as the Qatari league, owned by his former club Al Duhail, Merentiel was in full swing in the Argentine Superliga and Copa Sul. -American.
According to two sources, Abel Ferreira was pleased with the player’s arrival. As stated at the press conference, after the 1-0 victory over Emelec (EQU), for Libertadores, Merentiel comes to fill part of the gap left with the departures of Luiz Adriano, Deyverson and Willian Bigode.
The evaluation of the coaching staff and the board is that Merentiel has a style similar to Rony – fast, who attacks the spaces in depth. But, unlike the shirt 10, the Uruguayan is in fact a striker, and the expectation is that he can increase the efficiency of the Palmeira attack in conclusions to the goal. After all, even though he has already declared that he loves Ron, Abel also always remembers at press conferences the fact that he is an improvised winger as a reference man.
New names may appear for the attack
Although he should really wear the number 9 shirt, Merentiel does not end the team’s search for a renowned striker. But players like Castellanos, from NY City FC, and Alario, from Leverkusen, for example, who have already had attacks from the club, are increasingly distant.
Among other reasons, such as the desire of both to play in Europe, due to the fact that the negotiations have become extremely public, which makes negotiations more expensive and difficult. It was, for example, what also happened with striker João Pedro, from Al Wahda (UAE).
Anderson Barros even called the athlete, something he avoids doing as much as possible, to try to unravel the issue, such was the club’s interest in his hiring. But both the manager and Palmeiras were very unhappy with the fact that the player’s agents had revealed in the market that they were talking to Alviverde.
New names can indeed appear on the Palmeiras agenda. But, preferably, for the club, in complete silence.
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