Damiao and his agent can't shut up about possible transfers. Almost in a pincer movement they approach the rumour mill in Europe, plan their attack, and move in for the kill as media all over the continent lap up everything they say and push it out to keep his name in the news. They are well trained in playing us all like a fiddle and Damiao's latest comments about Europe being a dream are yet another example of that.
Speaking to Lancenet in Brazil yesterday, he said "I'm happy, I have a long contract. my thoughts are only at Internacional. I dream to play in Europe. I have no preference, I'm not dismissing east Europe, but any kid dreams of Europe. Maybe one day. I'm happy here. Internacional gives me everything I need."
He may continually repeat that he's happy but the dream comments are thick and fast and now he's making sure he doesn't leave any possible European move out of the equation. It does sound like he's happy to join just about any club in Europe, and this follows on from his agent pushing him about the market over the past couple of weeks.
Just over a week ago Giovanni Luigi gave an interview to Calcio Napoli during which he said that Damiao would be an ideal replacement for Edinson Cavani and was ready to move to Europe, adding that he would be able to rise to the level required. He did admit that he'd had no offers from Italy, but again confirmed a Tottenham move for the player "I've never had offers from them (Italian clubs), the only real interest and advances came from England.
"Tottenham last January submitted a bid of €20m. If the player is still here, you can imagine what that means."
It means Internacional want more money Luigi, we've all got the gist of it by now.
The interview with the Napoli fan site led to reports that Damiao preferred a move to Serie A, which probably made him sound overly fussy compared to what the reality is. That could have prompted his words to Lancenet about not really having a preference in, as long it's Europe.
We're going for a guess of 'less than 8 days' for the length of time between this interview and the next one from either the striker, his agent or Internacional themselves about a move to Europe.