Bayer 04 Leverkusen have given Charles Aranguiz the go-ahead for a winter move. The midfield veteran is therefore probably about to return to South America.

There have been rumors for a few years that Charles Aranguiz would like to return to South America in the autumn of his career. Now the time seems to have come. According to BILD information, Bayer Leverkusen is ready to give up the experienced midfielder. According to the report, Brazilian clubs Gremio Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo are said to be interested in the 33-year-old Chilean. Talks between the clubs and the Aranguiz side are said to be ongoing. Aranguiz would no longer bring in much money for the Werkself. His contract expires in the summer anyway and the player is currently suffering from a calf injury, which is why he won’t be back on the training ground until next year.

However, Bayer 04 have not yet received an official offer. However, the transfer wheel will turn faster again in the coming weeks and an agreement can be assumed in principle. After all, the Chilean is no longer an undisputed regular player, although his build-up qualities and calmness on the ball are definitely lacking. The player himself would probably like to switch to his former club Internacional Porto Alegre. A return there failed only last summer. “In June I had the opportunity to return, but the Bayer management didn’t let me. If there is another opportunity, it would be very good to return to Inter,” Aranguiz was quoted as saying by the Brazilian portal Revista Colorada. So it’s quite possible that Internacional will get back into poker. The Werkself need a replacement because central midfield isn’t that broad. According to BILD information, the two 21-year-olds João Gomes (Flamengo) and Alan Varela (Boca Juniors) should be candidates. So it looks like the South American will be replaced by another South American.

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