Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti told a press conference this afternoon that Ricardo Oliveira from Real Betis is the only player that Milan will be signing before the transfer window closes tomorrow. The 26 year old Brazilian is expected to join the ‘Rossoneri’ in a deal that could earn the Seville club 17.5 million euros and may include Johann Vogel moving in the opposite direction.
That is a lot of money for a player that Betis feared they may never see again only a couple of weeks ago when the player refused to return to Betis from his loan spell in Sao Paolo.
La Liga review readers not familiar with the story might find it a little hard to believe. It all began when Oliveira picked up an injury whilst playing for Betis last October. The club decided that it was in the best interests of the player if he returned to his native Brazil whilst recuperating from his injury. It seemed like a good idea at the time to permit the player to have a loan spell at Sao Paolo over the summer in order that the player could get back to full fitness ahead of the start of the Spanish season.
Oliveira’s loan deal at Sao Paolo expired on the 10th of August but, unfortunately for Betis, the player was having such a good time in Brazil that he decided he didn’t want to return to Spain. The player also demanded that he be allowed to play in the South American cup final on August the 16th, after his loan at Sao Paolo had ended and later than he was due to report back to training with Betis on August the 12th.
Consequently the player quite literally went missing , refused to return to Betis and when he did make contact with them he gave the club an elaborate story about a car accident involving Sao Paolo’s reserve keeper.
Betis were naturally very upset and feared that they would never see the player again whilst potentially facing a protracted legal battle in order to recover some money for the Brazilian. The player has since turned up at the club and made it clear he wants to leave, and, quite naturally, Betis aren’t too keen on him either, making their displeasure known by hitting him with a million euros fine.
However it now seems that the players future has been resolved and that Milan are about to give Betis 17.5 million reasons why they can afford to be glad to see the back of the errant Brazilian striker.
Ancelotti hinted that the player has already passed a medical and that he is the only player for him because he “complements what we already have here and will make a great partner for Inzaghi and Gilardino”.
He may be right; the player has a keen eye for goal. He would be wise, however, not to let him out of his sight.