The president of Corinthians implied a possible lack of ethics from Lucas Veríssimo and his agent, Paulo Pitombeira, during the negotiations. The defender had the Corinthians contract in his hands to stay permanently, but ended up not signing it. Augusto, the president, stated that they may have made a mistake by not waiting for the contract to be signed, but their relationship with Benfica is good, so they trusted them. Benfica proposed a value, and Corinthians accepted it. There was a problem with a clause, but it was fixed, and the only thing left was for the player to sign. However, they delayed for ten days, causing frustration for Corinthians.
The president also mentioned that they will not match the offer from Al-Duhail, which is around 9 million euros. He explained that they were trying to fix a previous contract and that if the player wants to come, it will be with a determined release clause. Corinthians no longer sees itself as a stepping stone. The player kept delaying the signing, and the president emphasized that it was not their fault or an act of naivety. The president stated that he could cover the offer, as the player has a contract until June and is part of the roster for the Paulistão. He expressed his frustration with the situation, as they lost a spot in the competition. However, he declared that he will not match the offer, which includes double the salary.
Furthermore, Corinthians will play against Ituano on Wednesday for the second round of the Paulistão. In addition to this, other news includes information on where to watch the live broadcast of the match between Novorizontino and Corinthians for the Copa São Paulo semifinals, as well as the availability of the post-match press conference with coach Mano Menezes after Corinthians’ victory over Guarani in the Paulistão. Lastly, the article mentions Romero’s fantastic volley goal and Corinthians’ successful debut in the Paulistão against Guarani.