Boro land third Brazilian
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to England since winning the World Cup in 2002 - a competition he only made as a last-minute replacement for the injured Emerson.
Under Terry Venables, Leeds almost signed him - but the move collapsed when close to completion and he went on to leave Corinthians for Sao Paulo.
He is now a free agent, though, after departing Sao Paulo and Boro are set to take him on until the end of the season - fending off interest from the likes of Newcastle and Tottenham.
Boro already have Brazilians Juninho and Doriva on their books, and they have both tasted World Cup action with the national side, like Ricardinho.
The Teesside faithful have been hoping for signings to bolster their squad since the transfer window opened at the beginning of January and now Steve McClaren has struck his first deal.
Ricardinho will be the sixth Brazilian to grace The Riverside - following in the footsteps of Juninho, Doriva, Branco, Emerson and Fabio.
Boro are also continuing to look at the possibility of bringing in a new striker, but time is rapidly running out for McClaren.
Middlesbrough will confirm Ricardinho once he has been through a medical, although they are also awaiting international clearance.