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Official: Flamengo sign Chile centurion Mauricio Isla

Flamengo have won the race for Mauricio Isla, signing the veteran right-back on a contract until December 2022.

Isla, 32, was a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce and received offers from a number of clubs.

In Spain, Valencia and Real Betis made offers with Betis hoping the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini would sway Isla.

Boca Juniors also tried to sign Isla, but in the end he chose Flamengo after they made a late bid for his services.

Isla will replace Rafinha at Flamengo after the former Bayern Munich man returned to Europe with Olympiacos.

He will wear the number 44 shirt at the Gávea Stadium.

A centurion for Chile with 115 caps, Isla bolster a Flamengo side that has started the season slowly under new boss Domenec Torrent.

In his 13 years playing in Europe, Isla wore the shirts of Udinese, Juventus, QPR, Marseille, Cagliari and Fenerbahce.

Flamengo will be Isla’s first professional experience in South America as he left Universidad Catolica as a teenager.

Guga to join Isla?

Isla may soon be joined by another right-back with Flamengo hoping to sign Guga from Atletico Mineiro.

Atletico are asking for €5m to sell 21-year-old Guga, a Brazil under-23 international.

Talks between the two clubs are expected to accelerate now that the Isla deal has been finalised.

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