Posted on June 30, 2008
Chelsea are set to step up their bid for Real Madrid winger Robinho, according to the player’s agent.
Robinho has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and following the appointment of fellow Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari as the Blues manager, a move away from the Bernabeu now seems more likely.
Scolari only takes up his post on Tuesday but it is understood the former Portugal coach has already signaled out Robinho as a key summer target, with a reported 25million pound bid being readied for the Brazilian ace.
It is also thought Madrid are looking to raise funds in order to make an appropriate offer for Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, heightening the chances of Robinho’s departure.
Robinho’s representative Wagner Ribeiro is aware of Chelsea’s interest and believes the two clubs should begin formal talks in the coming days.
“It is not new but now with the arrival of Scolari to the bench they have increased the contact,” Ribeiro said.
“I expect there to be an official contact between the clubs this week after the end of the Euros.”
Robinho, who enjoyed an impressive campaign for Real last term, will reportedly be offered a lucrative four-year deal.