Thursday, 16th February, 2012
The agent of Internacional striker Leandro Damiao has put Europe’s biggest clubs on alert by admitting that his client could be open to leaving Brazil in the summer.
Damiao is one of the hottest properties in world football at present and has been linked with a cavalcade of teams, with those most notably interested including the likes of Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Inter.
And Internacional pulled off something of a coup by persuading the player to stay put during the recent European January transfer window – the promise of Copa Libertadores football held great sway over the 22-year-old’s decision.
Damiao tasted Copa Libertadores success with Internacional in 2010 and is relishing the chance to repeat that feat. However, when the tournament has concluded by the summer, the striker may be finally ready to make the leap to Europe, his agent Vinicius Prates confirmed to Calcio Mercato Web.
"From Italy there were several enquiries, but no formal negotiations with Inter or with other teams", said the agent.
"In January, the club and the player decided to continue with a view to the Copa Libertadores."
Prates though explained that the situation could change, depending on the financial details of a possible switch.
"But in July the situation could change. If there is a good deal for the club and the player."
Damiao has clocked up four appearances for the Brazilian national team thus far, scoring once, and is under contract with Internacional until 2016.
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