Argentinian midfielder Conca joins Flamengo

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 4 (IANS) Brazilian football giants Flamengo have announced the signing of Argentinian midfielder Dario Conca on a 12-month loan deal from Shanghai SIPG.

The 33-year-old will take part in his first training session with Flamengo on January 11, the Rio de Janeiro outfit said in a brief statement on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Conca has not played since suffering a knee ligament injury in Shanghai SIPG’s 4-1 win over Shijiazhuang Ever Bright in August. He is not expected to return to action until March.

It will be his third stint in Rio, having represented Flamengo’s rivals Fluminense in two separate spells.

The playmaker’s wages will reportedly be less than half the $11 million annual salary he has been earning in China.

Conca has made 46 appearances for Shanghai SIPG since his 2015 move from Fluminense.

He is Flamengo’s second signing in the past month, following that of Peruvian left-back Miguel Trauco.