Betis hold Oliveira hope
Real Betis are hoping to persuade Ricardo Oliveira to take a pay-cut to rejoin them.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 26/01/09 5:27pm
Real Betis are hoping to persuade Ricardo Oliveira to take a pay-cut to rejoin them after he stated that he would be prepared to go back to the Andalucian outfit.
A striker is coach Paco Chaparro's priority at present and the board believe that they could tempt Real Zaragoza to part with the Brazilian with a bid this week.
They would then have to discuss personal terms with Oliveira, who is believed to be on a deal worth around 2.5 million euros (£2.3m) per season at La Romareda and Betis cannot match that.
Instead, the Verdiblanco have been encouraged by the player's statements on Canal Sur Radio when he explained that he would be willing to consider a return to the club.
"It would be great to return to Betis. No fans have treated me as well since I left and they have always supported me," Oliveira said.
The 28-year-old left Betis under a cloud in 2006, after two years at the club, when Manuel Ruiz de Lopera was incensed that he returned from holiday late and stated he would sell him to a second division team in Russia.
Instead Oliveira was sent out on loan to Sao Paulo and then sold to AC Milan, where he scored three times in 26 games, before making a loan move to Zaragoza permanent last summer.
If a deal for Oliveira cannot be done, then Betis may go back for AZ Alkmaar's Ari or try to prise Victor Obinna away from Inter, although they know both deals would be complicated.