Brazilian striker Ronaldo has agreed to join Sao Paulo-based Corinthians on a one-year contract.
Legendary striker set to play in native country
Legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo has agreed to join Sao Paulo-based Corinthians on a one-year contract.
Fabiano Farah, the agent of the former AC Milan forward, confirmed an agreement had been reached with the club on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old, who had previously been linked with Manchester City, has been training at Flamengo to build his fitness after recovering from a serious knee injury suffered last February.
"We've reached a verbal agreement for Ronaldo to play there (Corinthians)," said Farah, who had previously reported that the player had attracted interest from three other Premier League clubs apart from City.
A statement on the club's official website added: "The Board of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista are negotiating the signing of forward Ronaldo Nazario, 'O Fenomeno' (as he is nicknamed).
"All the details are being sorted out by the president Andres Sanchez, the director of football Mario Gobbi Filho and the director of marketing Luis Paulo Rosenberg.
"In the upcoming hours, the parties should finish the negotiation and set a date to unveil the player."
It now looks to be only a matter of time before the move is complete, however, Gobbi Filho told Terra.com
that Ronaldo will sign a one-year contract with the Sao Paulo club.
"The only thing I can say in advance is that he has been hired for one year, with an option of one more," he said.
"The formal event to unveil him may be on Friday. The contract will be signed shortly.
"This is a very big marketing movement. It involves companies. It is not so simple."
Rosenberg told Lancenet.com
: "This is more a marketing agreement than a player signing. That is why I am taking part in this. It will be a very original and profitable business."
Ronaldo ruptured a tendon in his left knee in a Serie A game for Milan against Livorno in February and later left the Italian club.
Corinthians are one of Brazil's biggest clubs and have just won promotion back to the first division at the first attempt.