Former AC Milan star Ronaldo helps Corinthians negotiate move for veteran Clarence Seedorf

Talks are reportedly at an advanced stage between the Dutch maestro and the ambitious Brazilian outfit, with O Fenomeno being an important presence in negotiations
Brazilian side Corinthians' rebuilding plans for next season are well underway after president Andres Sanchez and former striker Ronaldo have begun discussions with another Serie A star in the form of AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf.

Negotiations are at an advanced stage, and that AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has already agreed to fly to Brazil to finalise the transfer at the end of the current European football season.

"There is definitely interest, but nothing has been signed yet; t
here's a chance he'll move at the middle of the year," said Ronaldo to
Globo Esporte, indicating that he will join the club by the start of the new Campeonato Brasileiro campaign.

The former Inter and Real Madrid hitman was in Europe last week to join the Brazil squad for the friendly against Scotland in London and for Real Madrid tribute ceremony. During this period, he also took the opportunity to travel to Italy and propose a formal offer to the AC Milan president.

Edu Gaspar, former Arsenal midfielder and director of Football at Corinthians, added his take on the matter and told Arena Sportv: "It's a player that would be interesting to every club in the world, for his level of experience.

"Corinthians officially didn't contact him, that's why I'm a little surprised by the news. We didn't have any kind of talk with the athlete or his agent".

Corinthians intend to use the same strategy which was created to entice O Fenomeno in 2008. The club will reportedly pay the Dutchman a fixed monthly wage, with the possibility of the amount increasing, depending on the sale of sponsorships and marketing initiatives. Originally, Ronaldo earned himself and the club around £349,000 but once these bonuses had kicked in, the 97-capped Brazilian striker collected reportedly up to £1.57 million for both parties to enjoy.

Seedorf has allegedly warmed to the idea, but not only for the money he and the club could pocket. The midfielder is married to a Brazilian and makes constant visits to the country, especially during the holiday period. In 2009, the ex-Dutch international revealed that he is a supporter of Flamengo.

However, despite the apparent progression of the deal, Corinthians still face stiff competition from other European clubs who will make their moves as the summer approaches. Seedorf has a contract with AC Milan until the end of the season and reportedly spoke with German side Wolfsburg not long ago.

Since the retirements of Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, Corinthians are seeking a new global football icon to attract new investors and help fill their coffers. Liedson, despite his consistent goalscoring, is not seen as a big draw, while Adriano has courted much controversy away from football, with his ill-fated recent spell at Roma.

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