Don’t pop it yet, but you might want to leave it to chill. Rumour on the street is that the Argentinean offensive midfielder/attacker Alejandre Martinuccio, at Uruguayan Peñarol until the end of this month, indeed has signed a pre-contract with Palmeiras. Apparently, the contract is quite detailed; the player has signed for a period of three years and monthly salaries are already set at the equivalent in Brazilian reais of US$ 42.000 the first year, US$ 48.000 the second and US$ 54.000 the third. In addition, Palmeiras pays the investment group BMY (holder of the rights to Martinuccio) US$ 500.000 for a 20% share in the player. When/if the player is sold to another club, Palmeiras receive 20% of any transfer sum below € 6 million (roughly US$ 8.7 million); any exceeding revenues are split 50-50 between Palmeiras and BMY.
In case Martinuccio wants to break the contract, for example in order to sign for another club, the fine is set to rather hefty R$ 50 million, a little over US$ 32 million.
If the Martinuccio transaction goes through, all credit goes to the current Palmeiras directors, especially president Arnaldo Tirone and director of football Roberto Frizzo. They adopted the same procedure to bring in Maikon Leite, who signed a pre-agreement with Palmeiras many months before actually arriving in late June. Santos tried their best to nullify the agreement, but in the end realised there was nothing they could do. Let’s hope nothing comes in between Palmeiras and Martinuccio; personally, I pop the bottle when Martinuccio pulls the green jersey on in front of the gathered journalists, not a second earlier.