Chelsea defender Alex has admitted it will take 'something special' for him to remain in Europe, with a January return to Brazil on the cards.
The powerful centre-back has been told he can leave Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens after falling out of favour under manager Andre Villas-Boas.
A number of leading European clubs have been linked with a move for the former Santos player, whose last appearance for the Blues came in their Carling Cup defeat by Liverpool in late November.
The 29-year-old accepts he will not receive the riches on offer in the Premier League if he returns to his homeland, but will accept a switch to South America unless an eye-catching offer emerges elsewhere.
He said: "I knew when I asked for a transfer I wouldn't get the same salary in Brazil as I get at Chelsea. It will be hard to even come close.
"The Brazilian league is very good. Unless something special comes along I'll go home."