Earlier today, we’ve covered the claims from Brazil which are saying that West Ham United would be keen on spending €30m to sign Gustavo Cuellar from Flamengo.
With Flamengo probably being the club who get the biggest attention from the Brazilian media, we can now expect this story to become pretty big in the next few days, especially if the claims are true.
People at the Rio de Janeiro club have already started being asked about the reported West Ham bid. The first of them was Luiz Eduardo Baptista, who’s the vice-president of external relations.
He attended the Copa Libertadores draw last night, and claimed that the club still didn’t get an offer for the Colombian midfielder.
“Nothing officially arrived. But he is a super player, an example for kids and it’s not surprising if there’s any interest. The release clause is very high. If it arrives, we will evaluate. But our interest is for him to fulfil the contract,” Baptista told Globo Esporte.
Radio Globo had claimed that the release clause is around €70m, although Flamengo are not really likely to demand that much.
And it turns out that Cuellar himself has spoken about the rumours too. After Tuesday’s training session, the player was the one to give a press conference, and was asked about West Ham’s interest.
“I have nothing to say, the one who takes care of it is my representative. If there’s a proposal, he’ll tell me at the right time. For now, I’m at Flamengo, I’m very happy here, it’s a club that I really appreciate. I’m not aware of any proposals. For now I’m here, fulfilling my contract and waking up every day thinking about Flamengo. Wake up, work and do my best for the club.”
Cuéllar, sobre ofertas: “Nada para falar, quem cuida disso é meu representante. Estou muito feliz no Flamengo. Não estou sabendo de nenhuma proposta. Por enquanto estou aqui, cumprindo meu contrato e acordando todos os dias pensando no Flamengo” #gefla pic.twitter.com/y6DkzOlseq
— Marcelo Baltar (@marcelobaltar1) May 14, 2019