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  25/06/2013: Santos: "No Agreement with Lazio"
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Santos have a released a statement denying that there was ever an agreement between the club and S.S. Lazio for Felipe Anderson. Yesterday, Lotito launched a scathing attack on Doyen Sports, the investment fund who have a 50% stake in Felipe Anderson, blaming them solely for the failure to complete the deal.

Santos' statement reads as follows:

"Santos FC can reveal that, contrary to what is being reported by some media sources, there is no agreement with S.S. Lazio that could lead to the the completion of the deal."

"As is known, Doyen Sports owns part of the player's economic rights. At no point were Doyen Sports and obstacle in the negotiations. It should be noted that the decision to accept or reject the proposal is entirely up to the will of Santos FC and Felipe Anderson."

The statement appears to be carefully-worded. Technically, there was no agreement with Lazio, reportedly because of Doyen Sports demands, and technically, the deal can only be concluded when Felipe Anderson signs a contract transferring him from Santos to Lazio. What the statement does do is ensure that Santos' good relationship with Doyen Sports remains intact.

FIFA agent Sabatino Durante has said in an interview with Radiosei that such a statement was to be expected:

"If we are to talk about the illegality of these investment funds, then 90% of football teams [in South America] would not exist. South American football is based on mutual funds, it would be interesting to see what FIFA would do in such a case [if Lazio chose to sue]."

"Santos do not want to blame Doyen Sports publically. I am under the impression that Doyen Sports want 800-900k euro more than Santos and this is the problem. Lotito has squandered money before and the difference between 6 and 8 million for someone who has been out of place in the last 7-8 months is significant. The economic conditions is a strain for Lazio and the fact is, this is a gamble and Lazio have made mistakes with players before."

Durante also gave his assessment on Hernanes' future at Lazio:

"I saw him yesterday at the hotel. I do not think Hernanes will leave this summer as the conditions are not there for that. In the future, a move would be normal, as normal as Cavani leaving Napoli. Lazio finished 7th in the league last year and will only play in Europa League thanks to the Italian Cup. If Hernanes wants to play in the Champions League, then it is understandble [that he will want to move eventually].
Author: C
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