As Chelsea and Corinthians continue to negotiate for the transfer of Gabriel Moscardo, we now get to see a little of the Brazilian side’s stance on the talks.

On Monday evening, they had a club board meeting where president Duilio Monteiro Alves talked about some transfer business they’ve been involved in.

It turns out that as official Ricardo Bonomo left the facilities, he spoke to Meu Timão and revealed some of what was said by the club’s chief.

He mentioned how good Chelsea’s bid for Moscardo is, but pointed out that since the player has a bright future, Corinthians may be able to make more money next year.

“And there was another proposal for a player, Moscardo himself, he said: ‘look, just so you know, the price would now be £20m in cash. The advantage is that I would take the money and keep the player. But they don’t need him either, it would be a good deal’. Moscardo is a player who should still bear fruit here, there’s still the Olympics coming up and it’s believed that the deal will be even bigger, that’s what president Duilio said.”

The ‘advantage’ mentioned by Alves is that Moscardo is just 17, and even if Chelsea had bought him during the summer window, they wouldn’t have been able to take him to England anyway. The player turns 18 this month, but with the market now closed, the situation is the same.

Now either the Blues reach a deal with Corinthians soon, as reports say the talks are ongoing, or they may have to face a bigger competition next summer.