Florent Malouda may have scuppered his proposed move from Chelsea to Santos due to his high wage demands though the Frenchman is still in talks with the Brazilian club.
After a failing to consistently find a place in the Chelsea starting eleven last season, Malouda is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer and Brazil looks set to be his destination.
Malouda’s wife, Florencia, is Brazilian and the winger has been strongly linked with a move to either Santos or Vasco de Gama.
Muricy Ramalho, the head coach at Santos, has admitted that the club have been in talks with the 32-year-old but agreeing on wages may be problematic.
“Malouda was offered to us,” he told reporters. “He is a very interesting player, but you get scared when they tell you their demands.
“They say they are in crisis in Europe, but they spend so much money on transfers there. He was offered to us, but when you think about his wages, it gets hard.
“He is a very good player, an old-school midfielder who can hold the ball and set the tone in attack.”
Having been at Chelsea since 2007 following a move from Lyon, Malouda will be paid well by his current employers and will have to relinquish these high wages if he wants his move to Santos to go through.