Barcelona's Carles Puyol deal leaves Robinho out in the cold at Manchester City

24 October 2009 09:09
Manchester City's hopes of bringing in Carles Puyol from Barcelonato strengthen their back four have ended with the news that the Catalanclub's captain has signed a new contract until 2013.[LNB] Puyol was one player mooted as a possible makeweight in a deal to take Robinho to the Nou Camp in January. [LNB] Staying: Barcelona captain Carles Puyol[LNB] MANCHESTER CITY FC: All the latest from across the webAndy Townsend's Boot Room: Gianfranco Zola must realise kids and Cole are not enoughWhat's the score Fergie? High-flying City boss Mark Hughes desperate to learn the Liverpool v United resultBarca coach Pep Guardiola remains fixed on the idea of recruiting the Brazilian and would prefer to do so in the winter transfer window but only wishes to pay £15million. [LNB]Thierry Henry, another player the club would be willing to sacrifice for Robinho, is unlikely to play ball with another 18 months on his Barca contract. [LNB]City are unlikely to allow Robinho to leave in mid-season so he will probably have to wait until the summer for the move he craves.[LNB] [LNB]  Explore more:People:Thierry Henry, Robinho, Pep GuardiolaPlaces:Barcelona

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