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Chelsea are prepared to pay £28million to bring Real Madrid star Robinho to Stamford Bridge, the player's agent has claimed.

The Brazilian forward has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, possibly in a swap deal involving Cristiano Ronaldo, but his advisor has now revealed that he has engaged in talks with Chelsea.

Agent Wagner Ribeiro claims he met with Chelsea managing director Peter Kenyon on Thursday, during which a fee for the player was discussed.

"I met Peter Kenyon, Chelsea managing director, in London on Thursday," said Ribeiro to Brazilian TV station Globo.

"He told me that they (Chelsea) were considering making an offer of 35 million euros for Robinho."

Only last week Robinho claimed he was settled in Spain and had no intention of leaving Madrid, but news of Chelsea's interest will certainly cause a stir in the capital.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has made no secret of his desire to see a more aesthetically pleasing style of football being played in West London, and Robinho is certainly a player that would meet such criteria.

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sh*t, there's news everywhere on this, looking good.

The Brazilian international's current deal with Real Madrid is due to expire in 2010, and although both parties have been in talks about an extension to his contract, no agreement has been reached as of yet.

Robinho, who is understood to be unhappy with his current wages at Santiago Bernabéu, could reportedly take on a new challenge this summer after failing to reach an agreement with the board over his new salary.

Reports coming from the Spanish press this Friday suggest that Real Madrid are interested in making a player-plus-cash offer for Cristiano Ronaldo, which would see Robinho going to England.

However, Robinho has quashed speculation, suggesting that only Champions League runners-up, Chelsea, have made an offer for his services.

"There is nothing from Manchester United, that's speculation," he told Globoesporte.com. "Cristiano Ronaldo will not want to leave, he just won the Champions League and could be elected the best player in the world.

"What could happen is a move to Chelsea, because I have an offer. Milan are also after me, their board have already asked to speak to my agent."

Meanwhile, Robinho's representative, Wagner Ribeiro, revealed that he was in London on Thursday to discuss with Chelsea's director of football, Peter Kenyon, the possibility of the Brazilian international playing for The Blues next season.

"Chelsea are willing to offer Real Madrid €35 million for Robinho. We did not discuss salaries or length of the contract," he said.

Nonetheless, Ribeiro stressed that his client's wish is to stay at Real Madrid and that the Spanish capital club want to keep him in their ranks in years to come.

"The problem is that Real also want Cristiano Ronaldo. But Alex Ferguson says he will only let him go if someone from Real that plays in the same position comes to Manchester. And that player is Robinho," he concluded.

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I'll say this- these kind players, once they work with capello they're generally changed forever.

a few years ago I said he was too flash, too weak and generally would end up as a wide forward more than a striker, which has come true, but he's stepped up his development a lot- finally looking more like a player that produces somewhere closer to what his talent represents. his second half of the season he lost some form, but he's almost a completely different player to what he was 2 years ago.

in a 442, he's one of those who couldn't play wide, but he totally suits a 433, coming inside, running beyond the striker... I'd welcome it, though I am skeptical of the rumours validity.

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i think were gonna see a hell of a lot of this kind of thing over the next 2 months. especially as all the agents know were in the market for several players. they know if they mention chelsea then the players contract negotioations will suddenly become a big importance. and the contract will go up by at least 10%. as the club seem to conduct its transfers out of the public eye mostly, i wont believe any rumours until he signs and we see him in chelsea blue. doesnt mean i wont indulge in the rumour making, its a thoroughly enjoyable past time.

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i would love to have him!

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The agent of Real Madrid forward Robinho claims Chelsea are prepared to offer around £28million to take the Brazil star to Stamford Bridge.

Wagner Ribeiro told Brazilian TV station Globo he held a meeting with Chelsea managing director Peter Kenyon, during which a fee for the player was discussed.

"I met Peter Kenyon, Chelsea managing director, in London on Thursday," said Ribeiro.

"He told me that they (Chelsea) were considering making an offer of 35 million euros for Robinho."

It had previously been rumoured in the Spanish press that Robinho would be used by the Spanish champions in a cash-plus-player deal to try and bring Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Robinho, who has just enjoyed his best season in a Madrid shirt since joining in 2005, last week claimed he had no interest in leaving Spain at the moment.

Robinho also confirmed there was firm interest from Chelsea.

"What could happen is that I could go to Chelsea, as I have an offer from them," the 24-year-old former Santos player told Globo TV.

Robinho also claimed Italian side AC Milan were monitoring his situation, adding: "Milan are also interested in me. The Milan directors have asked to hold a meeting with Wagner."

Robinho though does not believe Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way to the Bernabeu.

"There is nothing from Manchester, that's all just speculation," he said.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is not going to leave there. He's just won the the Champions League and he could be crowned the best in the world."

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I'm right there with Loft G4 and Loz....not much more than his agent drumming up his contract with Real. I remember being linked with him in the past, and wish we'd got him there. however, I really wish we would get him now. A great player, with bags of talent, and an abundance of flair and skill. Also think about him and Joey on the wings trying to out perform each other....could be good for joey

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Once again, rather than buying the player when we should have (prior to joining Madrid), we are looking at him a few years later for what is more than double the price we would have paid 2-3 years ago.

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I'll say this- these kind players, once they work with capello they're generally changed forever.

a few years ago I said he was too flash, too weak and generally would end up as a wide forward more than a striker, which has come true, but he's stepped up his development a lot- finally looking more like a player that produces somewhere closer to what his talent represents. his second half of the season he lost some form, but he's almost a completely different player to what he was 2 years ago.

in a 442, he's one of those who couldn't play wide, but he totally suits a 433, coming inside, running beyond the striker... I'd welcome it, though I am skeptical of the rumours validity.

At last, a somewhat more measured view. So many 'knee-jerks', I thought Chrissy Ronaldo was walking past.

Robinho is one that flatters to decieve. I have seen him for the past few seasons on Sky and yup he is a good player with bags of skill. But he has been warned a few times about his behaviour in nightclubs before games, he has had two show-down talks (maybe more) this season over his form and position in the team and he has moaned about struggling to settle in a few times...despite there being lots of Brazilians in the squad.

I have seen him play great, and more often he has looked like a liability.

If he was available for say £8-10m then I would say he was worth the 'punt'. However £28m is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to much for what is essentially Real's version of SWP! smack_head.gifChElSea2.gificon_e_geek.gif

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Once again, rather than buying the player when we should have (prior to joining Madrid), we are looking at him a few years later for what is more than double the price we would have paid 2-3 years ago.

Actually that's incorrect, given that Real Madrid paid about 20m euros for him back then- and also, he rejected Arsenal and ourselves for Spain.

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