Palmeiras, promoted to Brazil's top-flight after winning the Serie B championship last month, is understood to be seeking a commercial sponsor to bankroll the deal.

"Every club is talking about Ronaldinho because he is such a great player," Palmeiras' executive director Jose Carlos Brunoro said on Thursday.

"Of course he interests us but we are a long way from signing him at this stage. If he is still available in January, we can start thinking about it," he added.

The two-time FIFA world player of the year last week said his brother and agent, Roberto Assis, would discuss the World Cup winner's future with Atletico officials in the coming days.

Palmeiras would need to meet Ronaldinho's monthly salary demands of USD 380,000 in addition to image rights.

"We think that he pays for himself through marketing, but we want to be sure before we make any deal with any player. There has to be no doubt that everything will be paid for," Brunoro said.


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