Saturday July 14 2012
Juan edges closer to rescission

Brazilian defender Juan has 99 per cent agreed to join Internacional this summer, reveals his agent, as he finalises a departure from Roma.

Reports yesterday understood that the 33-year-old would be leaving the Giallorossi this summer and most likely on a free transfer, as his agent confirmed that the club had agreed to cancel the remaining year of his contract.

Today, that same agent has spoken of his possible destination and revealed that talks with Roma about his departure began as long as five months ago.

“The negotiations with Roma began a long time ago and for various reasons they have continued on for this long,” reflected Michele Gerbino to

“The reason really was only one, however, as it was necessary to reach a financial arrangement with the club.

“It had nothing to do with Zdenek Zeman, because they began five months ago when he was not at the club. Had they been concluded sooner then he would not have gone to Zeman’s pre-season training.

“Is Juan joining Bahia? No, he has 99 per cent agreed to sign for three years with Internacional of Porto Alegre.

“By tonight that should be concluded. There was an offer from Flamengo, but we’ll say that Internacional’s was better.

“Juan is currently waiting. We’ve landed in Rome right now and we will soon depart for Brazil.”