The above facts could have happened at Corinthians de Mancini, but it was not possible. And it was not possible because, about eight months ago, Timão did not have R $ 400 thousand to exercise the purchase priority agreed with Ituano. That’s right … R $ 400 thousand.
The story begins in July 2019, when Léo Pereira was loaned to Corinthians. The agreement with the Itu club was as follows: payment of R $ 200 thousand to guarantee 20% of the economic rights and, after one year, a new payment of R $ 400 thousand for the acquisition of another 40% of the economic rights.
The pandemic came, football stopped, sponsors and televisions froze payments and Corinthians ran out of resources to make this second payment. Léo Pereira then had to return to Ituano, which subsequently negotiated the young man with Grêmio in a similar business model.
The club from Rio Grande do Sul, then, put the youngster in the U-23 team in the final stretch of 2020. The internal promotion came earlier this year, with five chances in the team led by Renato Gaúcho, the last one being at Gre-Nal.
To My Timon, Nei Nujud, former director of the base, spoke about the loss of the young man:
“The training department of Corinthians had already perceived quality in the player, it had already been defined by his permanence, but unfortunately the club did not have the money to buy it as agreed. It was a shame, I have no doubt that he will be a great player, “said Nei Nujud, a former base director, who stepped down after changing the presidency in January.
The beginning of the trajectory
Léo Pereira, who is 20 years old, played Copinha and Paulista U-20 last year in Ituano, including the group that competed in the Serie D Brazilian Championship. Corinthians got interested, took him on loan, but did not stay with the attacker for lack of money.
See more at: Corinthians Base, Corinthians U20 and Corinthians Board of Directors.
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