Well, this is kind of complicated. This guy has been signed by SÃ£o Paulo FC, as in Brazil (I don't know if in other countries too), there's a law which states that when a player has less than 6 months left in his contract, he can sign with ANY other club, and will transfer automatically, when his contract ends. If the new club (in case, SÃ£o Paulo FC) wants the given player before the end of the contract, it will have to give the previous club (in case, Fluminense) a "monetary compensation". Exactly the case of Arouca: his contract with Fluminense expires in April. He already signed a 4-year deal with SÃ£o Paulo FC. But SÃ£o Paulo wants him before that. It would be thought that he would play for Fluminense unitl April, and then move to SÃ£o Paulo FC in May. But today, as the Fluminense players showed up for the team's 1st 2009 training, Arouca was "hostiled" by Fluminense's ultras, and the coach RenÃ© SimÃµes stated that he doesn't count with Arouca, because he needs him for the entire Carioca Championship, and it will end after April so... here's the news:
Official news of the signing by SÃ£o Paulo FC (translated):http://translate.google.com.br/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.saopaulofc.net%2Fv4%2Fnoticias2NOVO2.asp%3FPLC_map_001_c%3D02.01%26PLC_cng_ukey%3D39805152501CZKG4SW&sl=pt&tl=en&hl=pt-BR&ie=UTF-8
Translated news (from reliable source) about his current situation (damn, he looks a lot like Bayern's ZÃ© Roberto in this pic, doesn't he?):http://translate.google.com.br/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fesporte.uol.com.br%2Ffutebol%2Fultimas%2F2009%2F01%2F06%2Fult59u182934.jhtm&sl=pt&tl=en&hl=pt-BR&ie=UTF-8
Well, I guess it's up to PMC to move him or not. The only question that remains is if he will play for SÃ£o Paulo before or after April. He definitely won't play for Fluminense.