Inter Milan striker Adriano has had his contract ripped up by the club after failing to return to Italy after a World Cup qualifier for Brazil earlier this month.
The 27-year-old Brazilian star has suffered a string of personal problems in recent years and he revealed he was taking a break from the game, claiming that he had "lost the joy of playing".
Adriano's agent Gilmar Rinaldi had been holding talks with the club about cancelling the player's contract and now the issue has been settled between both parties.
A club statement read: "Inter would like to communicate that Adriano's contract has been mutually rescinded, taking effect from April 1.
"The documents were sent to the offices of the Italian Football League this morning.
"Everyone at Inter would like to give Adriano a warm embrace for his eight years and 74 goals here."
Inter coach Jose Mourinho has been linked in the media with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, Genoa forward Diego Milito and Sampdoria playmaker Antonio Cassano as possible replacements.
Meanwhile, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dropped a bombshell by admitting he could walk out on the club in the near future for a new challenge.
The leading scorer in Serie A is tied down until 2013, but he admits that he would like to try something different.
"I have a contract with Inter and I am fine here, but at the same time I would like to try something new because I have been in Italy for five years now," Ibrahimovic told Eurosport.
"I have won everything in Italy and I have learned a lot from this country. However, there comes a moment in life, like when I was at Ajax, where you tell yourself that you have to try something new."
The Nerazzurri will not be phased as the club have warned other sides that they will accept nothing less than €100m for their man, with his future tied to the San Siro for the next four years.