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Flamengo Negotiating Talks

Flamengo Negotiating Talks

The Copa Libertadores champions are making moves to secure their future seasons, including a possible deal with Brazilian broadcast network Globo.

There are alleged negotiations continuing between Ligue 1 club Lille and Brazilian Serie A club Flamengo about a loan with the option to buy for 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Thiago Maia. Talks between the two parties are at an advanced stage but added work still needs to be done regarding the amount. Lille wants it to be at least €14m, the amount they originally paid for.

Belgian football club Charleroi has also made offers and proposed a price for Maia. All these talks have also attracted Italian football club Genoa. As part of the talks between Lille and Flamengo (which is Maia’s preferred destination and football club to play at), Lille could possibly retain 50% of the economic rights of the player, regardless if the option to buy is activated in the deal with the Brazilian club.

Brazilian network Globo is yet to reach agreements with Campeonato Brasileiro Série A football club Flamengo for this year’s Campeonato Carioca state championship. The previous contract expired after the 2019 season and Flamengo is reportedly seeking an improved deal for this year’s competition.

Flamengo is based in Rio de Janeiro and competes in the top football division in Brazil. Globo has said that they are open to continuing discussions with Flamengo but also admitted that it would be difficult to reach an agreement for pay-television coverage.

The state federation in Rio would lose R$18m (€4m/$4.4m) if Globo does not close the deal with Flamengo. This amount would affect the 12 smaller clubs in the competition, with Botafogo, Fluminense and Vasco’s payments having been previously agreed in a separate agreement.

In a statement released by Globo, they said, ‘There is a huge interest from Globo in Flamengo rights for the 2020 Carioca Campeonato, for all platforms – free-to-air TV, pay-TV, digital and PPV. We made a proposal to Flamengo along the same lines as we did to other clubs in Rio de Janeiro, respecting the market value of the competition, but unfortunately, we have not yet been able to reach an agreement’.

‘On our side, we are open to dialogue, committed to the proposal of reaching an agreement that is good for everyone: clubs, federation, brands, platforms and fans… We believe we have taken important steps towards a more balanced and consistent coverage of Brazilian football’.

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