Reports that Orlando City has reached a deal with Brazilian midfielder Diego Ribas are premature, according to a club source.
ESPN Brazil reported the club and Ribas have agreed on a three-year deal worth $2 million per year. According to the report, Orlando City would receive Diego on a free transfer from Brazilian side Flamengo. Diego still has six months remaining on his contract with Flamengo. ESPN Brazil is reporting the two sides are still negotiating whether Orlando City would get Diego in January or when his contract runs out.
Player acquisition negotiations can accelerate quickly — and have in the past. For now, a source tells Pro Soccer USA there’s no timeline for when Diego could be signed by Orlando City.
New Orlando City executive vice president of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi told Pro Soccer USA Orlando City he is still looking to add a “veteran, good, recognizable name that can add not only the field, but also off the field.”
He addressed the transfer rumors surrounding the club as well.
“I think at this time of the year there’s a rumor mill,” Muzzi said Saturday. “There’s people talking about all kinds of stuff and I don’t think it’s fair to comment on guys under contract. Diego has his contract with Flamengo. There’s a couple of other guys that I heard and they’re all still under contract and there’s a lot of talk out there.
“We’re going to be bringing a couple of guys. A guy with that kind of profile, of course, is of interest. If that is to happen, there’s a lot of things that need to … he’s under contract. We respect everybody. We respect Flamengo. We respect the player.”