Alexandre Mattos stepped down as Palmeiras’ director last month and could now be heading towards England, if reports coming out of Brazil are to be believed.
Globo Esporte journalist André Hernan took on Twitter to claim Mattos has ‘closed’ a deal with Reading.
The Championship side is owned by Chinese businessman Dai Yongge, who also owns Chinese side Beijing Renhe and Belgian club KSV Roeselare. According to Hernan, Mattos will be the ‘executive’ of all three clubs, including the Royals.
On December 23rd, Pedro Lourenço was appointed as Cruzeiro’s head of football and he wanted to bring Mattos to the club. Unfortunately for Lourenço and his new club, Mattos has agreed to move to the English club.
Mattos doesn’t have the work permit to work in the United Kingdom and it’s believed it’ll take close to two months to sort this out.
Hernan reports Mattos has agreed to work for Cruzeiro for free until he becomes eligible to start working at Reading and Lourenço has also confirmed the same.
“Alexandre has accepted a proposal from England, but will help us over the next 60 days in this transition we are making,” Lourenço told Super.FC.
READING FC tem braços na China e na Bélgica! Alexandre Mattos será executivo de todos os clubes. Escolha de ir pra Europa pesou pela família e para abertura de um novo mercado para executivos brasileiros. #trCentral
— André Hernan (@andrehernan) January 6, 2020