Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Barcelona and AC Milan hold talks over football star Ronaldinho

Barcelona and AC Milan officials held talks Tuesday over the transfer of Brazilian star Ronaldinho from the Spanish side, Barcelona board member Rafael Yuste said.

“We are still holding talks and nothing has been concluded. We are relaxed because we have two offers,” he told reporters as he left a lunch attended by board members from the two clubs in the Catalan capital.

“We are under no pressure. Our desire is to find a solution for Ronaldinho. Maybe in a few hours there will be no more doubts.”

Italian media reported Tuesday that AC Milan are close to completing the signing of the 28-year-old.

The Gazzetta dello Sport reported on their website that Milan will pay Barcelona 18.5 million euros (29.5 million dollars) for Ronaldinho with the figure likely to be increased by performance-related bonuses.

Barcelona have also received a 32-million-euro offer for the two-time world player of the year from English Premiership side Manchester City, the club's president Joan Laporta said Monday.

Ronaldinho, who was deemed surplus by Barcelona's new coach Pep Guardiola following a dip in form last season, reportedly favours a move to the Italian side.

He scored 70 goals in 145 appearances for Barcelona.

Barcelona said Monday that it was giving Ronaldinho “two or three days” to finalise his transfer to one of the clubs which have shown an interest in signing him.

“If the operation cannot be confirmed in this time the player will rejoin squad training,” it said in a statement posted on its website.

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