Adriano to face Canada and Venezuela

May 23, 2008 at 21:36 5 comments

Following São Paulo’s exit from the Libertadores against Fluminense on Wednesday, Adriano is now available to play in the friendlies vs. Canada and Venezuela. Originally, the striker was only set to join Brazil in time for their World cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Argentina.

São Paulo have given the frontman time off for personal reasons this weekend. Adriano will now miss the Morumbi outfit’s games against Coritiba, Santos, Atlético MG and Flamengo.  

São Paulo want Adriano to complete his loan period at the club, which ends on June 10th. They are also keen for the player to extend his spell in Brazil until the end of the year.

But the striker’s good form has increased the probability of a return to Inter Milan where he still has two years of his contract to run.

A switch to another one of Europe’s big hitters is also on the cards.

Chelsea are apparently interested but whether Adriano could cope with the speed of the Premiership is open to question.

Adriano’s confidence and touch are back and he is certainly much closer to being the outstanding player he was back in 2005.

But what may impede another big money transfer is Adriano’s psychological state. The 26 year old has said his problems with alcohol and bouts of depression are behind him. But in his brief time in Brazil the forward has managed to have two early morning car crashes and had a spat with a journalist at São Paulo’s training ground.

The signs are that Adriano seems to have got his head straight but has he done enough to convince Europe’s big boys he’s worth taking a risk on?

Another loan deal could be the solution; that is of course if Inter Milan decide they don’t want him back.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ursus arctos  |  May 26, 2008 at 05:22

    Inter won’t have a coherent approach to Adriano until they decide who is managing them next year. His chances of coming back are higher if Mancini stays, whereas if Moratti and Mancini are unable to work out a mutually acceptable deal, the most likely result is that Mourinho would be the new manager and bring Drogba with him.

    If that happens, Inter will have to park Adriano somewhere for at least one more season, and Sao Paulo seems as good a place as any.

  • 2. ursus arctos  |  May 27, 2008 at 16:04

    It now looks virtually certain that Mancini is gone and Mourinho will be replacing him.

    From my Milanese perspective, that is good news for those who would like to see Il Imperatore spend another year at home, as I don’t see him fitting in to the Special One’s immediate plans for the Nerazzurri.

  • 3. ursus arctos  |  May 30, 2008 at 13:53

    Though Adriano is certainly trying to spin it his way, being quoted here today as saying that he thought that Mancini was blocking his return to Inter.

  • 4. pitacodogringo  |  May 30, 2008 at 14:40

    Seems certain than he’s on his way out of São Paulo as he’s already asked the club if he can play a ‘farewell game’

  • 5. MikylTmy9  |  May 11, 2010 at 04:43

    Impressive website, exactly where did you obtain the design template?


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