But he wasn't for sale.
As of Jan 20, Oeste was negotiating with a Brazilian club to take Fabio link
Then on Jan 23rd Dyer says Haksa talks are dead link
Then we swoop in to sign Fabio that week
Honestly i think they knew we need some attacking help and when Haksa fell through got Fabio as a cheaper alternative that allows them to reassess what we will do in the summer based on our budget. They are not the same player but both help the attack nonetheless. I hope I'm wrong though.
Half of the people here scream from the rooftops that RB is cheap, so i'm surprised so many think RB is above doing this if they perceive the risk of losing a 3-6mm asset for free.