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The player's representative claims that the Yellow Submarine are desperate to offload the striker to Sao Paulo because they are currently struggling to pay salaries

The agent of Nilmar revealed that his client has not been paid by Villarreal for the past three months and that the Brazilian was dropped for Monday's Primera Division clash with Sporting Gijon without explanation.

It has been reported that Sao Paulo is close to reaching an agreement with the Yellow Submarine for the forward.

However, the player’s representative, Orlando da Hora, alleges that Nilmar has been left in the dark over his future and was dropped from the squad to face Gijon without warning.

"They are willing to sell Nilmar to make money because they are struggling to pay wages,” the agent is quoted as saying by Globoesporte.

“Nilmar was not aware of any negotiations, but the coach [Jose Francisco Molina] was ordered not to play him. He was never seen [on the field]. Villarreal punished him because they want to sell him.

“He is angry and even threatened to take the case to FIFA.”

Da Hora admitted that the 27-year-old striker is not against a return to his native Brazil but that the primary goal now is securing the player the best deal possible.

“Of course, you should play with motivation, but mostly for a good salary,” the agent argued.

Nilmar arrived at Villarreal from Internacional in 2009 but after a bright start to his career in Spain, he has struggled for form and fitness of late.

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