Earlier this week, several leaks in Brazil began to draw a possible transfer move for the Imperador, Adriano, going from his new club Roma to Brazilian giants Corinthians.
The talks started slow as they usually do; the Corinthians administrators were quickly downplaying the possible move citing the price Roma is requesting for their troubled striker, who has a contract until 2013 with the Italian side.
The rumors began with Ronaldo, Corinthians' current poster boy, calling for the striker to join him at the São Paulo side for the 2011 Copa Libertadores.
Corinthians president Andres Sanchez made it very clear that he would love to have Adriano on his team. However, the salary and transfer fee were absolutely way too high for any South American team.
However, in the last 24 hours, Ronaldo has admitted openly to recruiting Adriano, stating he is very unhappy at the Rome club. He has even gotten his little buddy Roberto Carlos involved in the process, having informed Adriano that at Corinthians everyone has to be a family, and rebellious acts in his history would not be tolerated by the club, the players and the fans.
Even Sanchez has recently come out stating that if Adriano can work a loan deal in January with Roma, the team would indeed have the financial ability to take Adriano in.
With the possible sale of its best player Elias to Portuguese football, Corinthians would do very well to secure at least a semester loan deal with the Italians in hopes of going further in the 2011 Copa Libertadores. Keep in mind that after having the best campaign of any team in the 2010 Libertadores, Corinthians fell in the round of 16 to a Adriano led Flamengo side, who managed to pull a huge upset in South America.