Carlos Eduardo’s glorious five-year Al Hilal stint is set to imminently end after the continued failure to agree a contract extension forced coach Razvan Lucescu to demand a new foreign addition, according to reports.
Eduardo, 30, has become a legend at King Saud University Stadium since a July 2015 switch from Porto. A tally of 53 goals in 90 Saudi Professional League appearances helped the attacking midfielder become the club’s all-time foreign top scorer and seven major trophies have been lifted during his stint.
Arriyadiyah newspaper, however, have stated that the Brazilian’s financial demands have scuppered hopes of a renewal to a deal that is set to expire this month. Club management have aimed to limit changes to their seven-player non-Saudi quota because of coronavirus’ impact, but this impasse is influencing Lucescu to desire a direct replacement.
iG Esporte reported last month that a quartet of major Brazilian clubs (Corinthians, Jorge Jesus’ Flamengo, Gremio and Athletico Paranaense) had expressed interest.
Arriyadiyah have also published consistent links to 2020 ACL group-stage opponents Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club. The player himself was non-committal when quizzed by the same publication earlier this month.
“I have two months left in my contract with Al Hilal, and I will wait until the last day, then I will make a decision regarding my future in respect of the club and my contract that applies to him,” he said.
Hilal hold a six-point lead over champions Al Nassr with eight fixtures in arrears.