By Thales Machado in Rio de Janeiro
The transfer saga involving outgoing AC Milan star Clarence Seedorf and Rio giants Botafogo is set to finish with a happy ending, as the veteran midfielder prepares to move to Brazil following the end of his work in Euro 2012.
Goal.com can reveal that after months of rumours and negotiations, the ex-Netherlands international, 36, has agreed terms with the Fogao to play in the 2012 Brasileirao.
Club president Mauricio Assumpcao now must only wait for Seedorf to fly into Rio and be officially presented as a Botafogo player, an event the chief has tentatively scheduled for July 10.
The turning point in the talks between the two parties was June 7, when club representatives agreed a deal with American agent Deborah Martin.
One concern of the representative surged during the conflict over unpaid wages between Ronaldinho and Botafogo's city rivals Flamengo.
Martin wanted assurances that her client would not be put in the same position should he opt for a move to the native land of his wife, but left the meeting happy with the project put forward by the team's directors.
The representative is yet to return to Brazil after leaving for New York to discuss the offer, but sources inside Botafogo insist that they have received the thumbs up from the midfielder, the only player to win the Champions League with three different clubs.
Seedorf will sign an 18-month contract with the Brazilians, which would take him to the end of the 2013 Brasileiro Serie A season and past his 37th birthday.
Seedorf himself has stayed tight-lipped throughout the talks, but speaking to the BBC, however, he revealed that it would not be long before more light would be shed on his future.
"Still nothing, but a lot [is coming] very soon," he explained on Friday as he continued his work as a pundit for the TV channel's coverage of the European competition.
His link with the station ends on July 1, the day of the final.
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