As Diego transfer episodes moves on, current Roma centerback and Flamengo’s 1990’s idol Juan is getting closer to a move to the Brazilian side.
Juan’s negotiation in 2011 was stalled when the player demanded wages much higher than Flamengo could afford, considering that Ronaldinho was costing €500,000 per month to the club. But Juan seemed to change his mind, already envisioning how little playing time he’d get at Roma this year, and started to negotiate his transfer directly to Flamengo while also diminishing his wage demands. His contract runs until Dec 2013, but it seems that Roma wouldn’t impose any obstacles over an impending transfer in this transfer window.
If the move is completed, Mengão is going to upgrade a much needed area that is their defense. Even though their current coach Joel Santana is known to build teams that are defensively sound, their current pair of centerbacks hasn’t been doing enough, with many goals suffered by individual mistakes which costs games on the way. The most recent example was the Fla-Flu derby last Sunday, where a mistake by Marllon made way for a Fred finish that end up to be the only goal in the match.
If Diego already puts them in the run for a Copa Libertadores spot, Juan would only make them even stronger. I just wonder if it’ll be too late if their poor form continues under Joel Santana, a form they might not be able to recover.