Former Barcelona forward Maxi Lopez has revealed he received offers to move to the Premier League during the winter transfer window. The 24-year-old Argentine is currently on loan at native South American side Gremio from FC Moscow, having joined the Russian outfit from Barcelona in 2007. But the former River Plate front-man - who scored for Barca against Chelsea in the Champions League last 16 in 2005 - says he would have joined a European club in January had his Russian team not disrupted the negotiations, forcing him to return to his native continent. "The Brazilian market was the only one that was open, the negotiations with the Russians were really hard because they waited until the last moment for another opportunity," he told Ole. "I received proposals from England, France and Italy but the Russians spoiled the negotiations. "I came to Brazil, it was for being more in touch with South American football. I want Maradona to see me. "It is obvious that I didn't have the same performances in Europe that I did in Argentina. I want to perform well here and in the Copa Libertadores, and then I could have the chance to return to Europe. "I would like to repeat at Gremio what I did at River."
5 March 2009
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