Imagine you are the chairman of a football club and your manager comes to you and says, “I need to sign this player”. What would be your first thoughts? I think mine would be: “How much is he going to cost and do we have the money?”
Well, not if you’re the chairman of a Brazilian football club. Remember the Tevez / Corinthians saga? Corinthians wanted Tevez but Man City refused because they couldn’t get any assurances as to whether they would receive any money. Well, it looks like Palmeiras are attempting something similar.
Over the past month or so Palmeiras have been chasing Wesley, the Brazilian international who currently plays for Werder Bremen in Germany. A fee of 6 million Euros was agreed and it was left for Palmeiras to agree terms with the player, which after a bit of a kerfuffle they did.
One problem. Errr, it seems Palmeiras don’t have 6 million Euros.
So transfer cancelled right?
“Who’s going to pay then?” I hear you ponder.
The fans of course, or at least that is what Palmeiras are suggesting.
This was first brought to my attention after the game on Sunday (see here), when I was handed a sticker as I left the Pacaembu – my wife did the translating, revealing that the club were asking for donations towards the transfer fee.
The current situation seems to be that they have set-up three instalments of 2 million Euros, the first of which was successfully transferred. However, that leaves another 2 instalments totalling 4 million Euros and it clearly seems that Palmeiras don’t have it – hence their offer that your name will be put up on their website as well as receiving a certificate if you contribute R$100 (about £35).
I think the funniest thing about this is that a Futebol Finance report shows that Luiz Felipe Scolari (remember him?) is the 13th highest paid manager in the world. IN THE WORLD!
Now, I remember the Gillingham fans once coming together to buy a forward for the club – Leo Fortune-West – but this was at a time when they were in administration and the transfer fee was a modest £5000. Yet here we have the 13th highest paid manager (and with all the dough he got from Chelsea and Bunyodkor – “I like the way the club is taking on a new football reality in Uzbekistan. It offers me a project which is similar to ones in which I have already worked”), asking for Palmeirenses to pay for a new player.