Sao Paulo say that they have parted ways with experienced player Dani Alves.
This comes after the defender refused to play for the club amid a dispute over his pay packet.
The veteran Brazilian returned to play in his home country in 2019 following a prolific decade-and-a-half spell in Europe.
It is the latest twist in a long-running saga between club and player.
This was intensified in the wake of the right-back’s gold-medal victory with the Selecao at the Olympics last month.
Dani Alves officially leaves
Sao Paulo confirmed the news in a press conference on Friday.
It comes three days ahead of their first game back from the September international break.
Football director Carlos Belmonte revealed that Alves refused to return to training following duty with Brazil.
His move ultimately forced the club’s hand.
“We were told by his representatives that Daniel Alves will not come back to Sao Paulo.”
“He wanted an adjustment in the financial debt that Sao Paulo has with the player,” Belmonte said.
“Sao Paulo recognises that debt and last week we made a proposal to try and right it.”
“The proposal was not accepted by the player’s representatives. Negotiations will continue.”
“We have taken the decision.”
“The club told this to coach Hernan Crespo that Dani Alves will no longer be at his disposal to play for Sao Paulo.”
“We all work for this institution. Nobody is bigger than Sao Paulo Football Club.”
The 38-year-old’s management have claimed that he is owed a significant sum of £1.37m.
This is in relation to image rights, dating back to his arrival two years ago.