Barca confirm Ronnie bids

14 July 2008 03:12
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed both Manchester City and AC Milan have tabled bids for unwanted star Ronaldinho. The Citizens have made a reported £22.5million offer for the 28-year-old Brazil international, who has been told he is free to leave the Camp Nou this summer following two below-par seasons. However, despite offering less both up front and in weekly wages for the former world and European player of the year, it is the Italian side that remains favourites to complete a deal. Ronaldinho is believed to favour a move to Italy where he would link up with fellow Brazilians Kaka, Emerson, Dida and Pato at the San Siro. "We have two interesting offers," Laporta told Catalunya Radio. "Manchester City are splashing out more in theirs." Meanwhile, Laporta expects a protracted deal, which has dragged on since the end of the last season, to reach its conclusion this week. He added: "We hope to be able to resolve the matter this week. "Ronaldinho should leave the club with honour, because he was a man who gave Barca fans their excitement back, he excited us all. "He played a key role in the capture of two league titles, a Champions League trophy and two Spanish cups. We have to remember that."

Source: ESA