Sao Paulo are prepared to make Cruzeiro's Walter Montillo their top transfer target for 2012, and have reportedly made a €10 million bid to tempt the Belo Horizonte team into selling.
The Argentine has been one of the stars of Serie A since joining the Raposa from Universidad de Chile in 2010, and Cruzeiro's recent struggles with form have raised the possibility of a move to one of the side's Brasileirao rivals.
Sao Paulo have shown strong interest in the playmaker, and according to Cruzeiro director of football Dimas Fonseca, a big offer has already arrived on the club's table.
"Sao Paulo have made us a proposal worth approximately €10m, plus the loan signing of three players that we can pick - with the exception of Rogerio Ceni, Luis Fabiano and Lucas," the director told Radio Itatiaia.
"We have talked about a couple of names, and [Sao Paulo] have sounded out the players to see their interest in coming to Belo Horizonte, but the value is still less than what Doctor Gilvan [Tavares, club president] stipulated."
The Cruzeiro chief has previously stated that he would hold out for €15m to release Montillo, while Sao Paulo's city rivals Corinthians have also been reported as possible suitors.