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Chelsea deny Kaka offer but still chasing Robinho

SoccerNews in English Premier League 21 Jul 2008

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Chelsea boss Peter Kenyon on Monday denied a record-breaking bid to lure Kaka from AC Milan but said the club was still chasing Real Madrid's Robinho.

The chief executive dismissed reports that Chelsea had tabled a world-record 160 million dollars for Kaka, the World Player of the Year, and said talks had stalled.

“There was no offer made. I have read the same articles. They have made it clear that he is not for sale and we will make it clear we have not made an offer,” Kenyon said here.

“There is no reason to negotiate over something they don't want to do and we have not made an offer.”

But Kenyon said Chelsea were still talking to Real Madrid about fellow Brazilian Robinho, who is reportedly being offloaded as the Spanish giants woo Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It is well noted we have shown interest. We have had discussions with Madrid over it and they are ongoing. The window is still open and we are still talking to Madrid,” Kenyon said.

Chelsea have signed Portuguese internationals Deco and Jose Bosingwa as they bid to improve on last season's runner-up finishes in Europe and the Premier League.

The English side kick off their pre-season tour against Guangzhou Pharmaceutical here on Wednesday before matches in Macau, Malaysia and Russia.

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