Bruno Cheyrou’s trip to Rio de Janeiro, the intervention of agents Tulio de Melo and Pascal Carbon, close to Flamengo, then John Textor’s visit, Monday, will not have been enough. Joao Gomes, the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder, didn’t want to know. The Under-20 International followed his intuition and above all his desire to evolve in the Premier League, in Wolverhampton, modest 17th in the English Championship.
Despite a higher transfer fee and salary than Wolves offered, the player didn’t give in or go back on his original deal. His club, with which he returned to training, had however put pressure on him to join Olympique Lyonnais. The intervention of John Textor, president of Lyon and Botafogo and close to Rodolfo Landim, his Flamengo counterpart, proved useless. Before signing for Wolverhampton, Joao Gomes could return to the group and compete in the Brazilian Super Cup on Saturday against Palmeiras.