Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon is confident of wrapping up the deal for the 24-year-old Brazilian, with Chelsea’s official website even taking orders for kits with Robinho’s name printed and the number ‘to be confirmed’.
This is despite Real president Ramon Calderon insisting “the coach and the sports director want the player to stay and I am sure he will”.
Lampard told Chelsea’s official website: “He is a fantastic player, I saw a lot of him last season watching the Spanish games. He had a very good season until he got injured and it broke his season up a bit.
“He has great flair, and something that would be nice to bring into our team. We have flair players already but he is another option and he could light up the league.
“He will have to get used to it because it is different to Spain, but he showed he is a world-class player both at Madrid and for Brazil, and world-class players adapt.”