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Milan offer Ronaldinho at a bargain 7m in bid to attract Chelsea and Manchester City

30 Dec 2010 16:12:25

Milan offer Ronaldinho at a bargain 7m in bid to attract Chelsea and Manchester City

Ronaldinho is being offered around England for £7million in the hope of sparking interest from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. The AC Milan star is wanted by clutch of Brazilian clubs - including Flamengo, Palmeiras and hometown side Gremio - but none has shown willingness to meet the asking price. Ronaldinho is out of contract at the end of the season and Milan do not want him to walk out for nothing just three years after arriving from Barcelona for almost £15m. Warm weather training: Milan players (left-right) Mario Yepes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Antonio Cassano, and Ronaldinho enjoy the sun in Dubai Outnumbered: Ronaldinho looks to get the better of Antonio Cassano (right) during a practice game in Dubai today The LA Galaxy would love to team the 30-year-old up with David Beckham in an MLS line-up that would evoke memories of the star-studded New York Cosmos, but clubs in England, Italy and Spain have all be invited to enter the bidding when the January transfer window opens. Ronaldinho's brother and agent Roberto de Assis has indicated there is concrete interest from Barclays Premier League clubs and said: 'There are many Brazilian clubs interested in Ronaldinho, but I won't rule out a European move. It seems clear his time with the Rossoneri is at an end.' Reports in France say Paris Saint-Germain would be prepared to pay the £7m and £140,000 a week wages to re-sign a player they brought to Europe from Gremio almost a decade ago. Moving on? Ronaldinho (top) with Milan team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Al Mamzar Beach Park in Dubai Despite showing signs of a return to form early in the season, Milan coach Massimo Allegri has not given him a Serie A start since mid-October and can justify the snub by their position at the top of thetable. Liverpool were linked with a move for the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year earlier this month, though Anfield boss Roy Hodgson insisted he had 'never even thought' about making a move. Manchester City made a move for him back in 2008 when they were looking for a commercially attractive impact signing, but are likely to now turn their nose up at a player who has been marginalised at the San Siro because of the rise of Robinho - a player who flopped so spectacularly at Eastlands. Milan may also struggle to tempt Chelsea. Roman Abramovich has previously been prepared to fund a move for a player he so admired at the peak of his Barcelona days, but is unlikely to see little value in a player demanding more than £100,000 a week. Also, Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti was not a fan of Ronaldinho when the coach led AC Milan before moving to England. Keeping the playmaker out of the Rossoneri starting XI led to friction with money man Silvio Berlusconi, but the Milan president has finally sanctioned the sale of his showpiece signing. Manchester United tried to sign him in 2003 but a move now would be a retrograde step for the table-toppers. Despite claims of interest, few others could afford Ronaldinho's wages, and, in any case, whether he would be prepared to play for anyone but a Champions League side is questionable. Gremio insist they are still in driving seat to clinch his signing and will use sponsorship deals to pay his wages, and the Porto Alegre side are confident Ronaldinho will sit out the last six months of his current contract and join them on a free in the summer if Milan don't drop their demands.  Edin for the title: Mancini backs Dzeko to fire Manchester City to titleMan City close in on Dzeko as £30m striker is primed for debut at ArsenalHiddink tells Chelsea he won't quit Turkey to return to Stamford Bridge Chelsea 1 Bolton 0: Seventh heaven as Malouda ends winless run to aid CarloNuts about Brazil: Ronaldinho to leave Milan and return home to Gremio Milan to sign Cassano as Ronaldinho edges closer to San Siro exitCHELSEA FC


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