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Blues close in on Belletti
23 Aug 2007 - 13:59:21
Chelsea have agreed a fee with Barcelona for the signing of Brazilian right-back Juliano Belletti.
The 31-year-old, who scored the winner in the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal, is now set to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the Blues.
Belletti has been with Barca for just over three years, having moved to the Camp Nou from Villarreal in the summer of 2004.
Meanwhile, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has spelt out the reasons for allowing Dutch winger Arjen Robben to leave the club to join Real Madrid.
He told the club's official website: "I think we got a very good business result there, we pretty much doubled our money in terms of the transfer fee three years ago.
"For reasons only he can answer he wanted to leave. We weren't going to let him leave unless there was an appropriate business resolution and Peter Kenyon did some very good business there.
"I think it goes both ways in terms of not being held to ransom with respect to players we may be selling and not being held ransom with respect to players we might be buying.
"In all these situations we're looking to get a price we think is appropriate."