Atletico reveal Kleberson fee dispute
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
It was believed that the two sides had settled on a price of $5.6 million (£3.5 million) for the World Cup winner, but Atletico president, Mario Celso Petraglia, has now said that Leeds' bid proved unacceptable to the club.
Petraglia also added that the deal looked unlikely to be resurrected before the transfer window closes.
"We now don't have any more intentions to negotiate with the agents of Leeds," said the president.
"The only way that we could sit down and talk again about transferring Kleberson is if the English team offers a little bit more money because we are not convinced with their first offer.
"I think that Kleberson will keep on playing for Atletico, because in England they can only buy players until the end of the month and we are near to that date."
For his part, Kleberson seemed unaffected by the breakdown of the deal, and admitted he would be more than happy to continue turning out for his current employers.
"Atletico is the club that made me famous in Brazilian football so I don't see any problem in keeping on playing for six more months here," declared the 23-year-old.