Palmeiras feel they have a significant edge in the race to sign Milan fantasista Ronaldinho in January, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Ronaldinho is apparently surplus to requirements at Milan after the club decided to take a gamble and sign Antonio Cassano during the transfer window.
The 30-year-old's chief supporter Silvio Berlusconi has even admitted that his time at San Siro is up, making the likelihood of a contract extension bleak to say the least.
"Dinho is not always reactive in training," Berlusconi said. "It seems that he is leaving."
Palmeiras have been publically trying to sign Ronaldinho since the beginning of December, but La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that they first made an inquiry in the summer.
The Sao Paulo-based outfit have initially offered to loan Ronaldinho for the remainder of his six-month contract at Milan before taking him on a free transfer.
They have also reportedly promised to match what he currently earns at Milan.
Ronaldinho is said to be quite keen on the move, partly because Luiz Felipe Scolari is in charge of Palmeiras.
Scolari made Ronaldinho a key part of his 2002 World Cup-winning side and they are said to have a strong personal relationship.