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Corinthians eye Paraguayan defender

Xinhua, February 1, 2016 Adjust font size:

Brazilian Serie A champions Corinthians are close to signing Libertad and Paraguay international defender Fabian Balbuena, the player's agent said on Sunday.

The 24-year-old has been identified as a replacement for central defender Gil, who left the Sao Paulo club to join China's Shandong Luneng on January 18.

"We have received a proposal from Corinthians and the matter should be resolved by Tuesday," Balbuena's agent Renato Bittar told Paraguayan radio station Radio AM 180.

Balbuena made his international debut in Paraguay's 1-0 friendly loss to Mexico in Kansas City last March.

Corinthians have lost five players since clinching the Brazilian Serie title for a sixth time in December. Those to have left are Ralf, Jadson, Renato Augusto and Gil - all to Chinese Super League clubs - and Alexandre Pato to Chelsea. Endit