Felipe Melo has stated that he is on the verge of leaving Juventus to sign for a new club, and has turned down a move to Sao Paulo as he can earn higher wages by staying in Europe.
The Brazilian midfielder has fallen out of favour with the Turin outfit, and is clearly not in new coach Antonio Conte's plans as he has been left out of the squad to travel to the United States on a pre-season tour.
A move to Bundelsiga champions Borussia Dortmund had been touted in the media, but Michael Zorc, a director at the Signal Iduna Park side, told Goal.com that the German team were not interested.
The 28-year-old has claimed that he has spoken to his employers, and a transfer is best for all concerned.
“I was not cut from the Juventus squad. Quite simply, in agreement with the directors, we decided it was inconvenient that I should only play in Serie A, considering my salary and the contract that runs to 2014," the former Fiorentina player told Globo Esporte.
"I’ve received an offer from Europe that will vastly improve my salary. We’re finalising the details and over the next few days everything out to be completed."
Rumblings in the South American press had stated that the defensive midfielder could be set for a move back to his homeland, and the player has confirmed a switch to Sao Paulo almost happened.
"I had got to the point of choosing the area I’d live in and I know they’d have treated me with a great deal of affection.
“However, I was very annoyed that people I didn’t even know started commenting on a supposed move to Palmeiras. Flamengo were never interested in me, while Santos and Gremio only ever enquired," he concluded.
Melo's career has hit somewhat of a stumbling block since the 2010 World Cup, when he was sent off for Brazil in their 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.