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Man City in talks for Ronaldinho

SoccerNews in English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A 22 Apr 2008

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Manchester City executive director Taweesuk Jack Srisumrid revealed Tuesday the Premier League club have held talks over a possible move for Barcelona star Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho's brother and agent Roberto de Assis is reported to have met with Taweesuk over a deal for the 28-year-old Brazilian who had looked to be set for a summer transfer to Serie A side AC Milan.

But City manager Sven Goran Eriksson has been keen to delay talk of a move until the season has concluded.

“We've had discussions (with Ronaldinho) but we'll see how that pans out,” Taweesuk told The Daily Telegraph.

“We've looked at a host of players. Man City having discussions with superstar players used to be unimaginable, but not now.

“What we will look to do in the summer is to further boost the squad, bring in top-quality, internationally recognised players.

“Superstars would help fill the stadium and help our global branding. Primarily, we must win on the pitch – it can't be a gimmick.

“It won't be a galacticos strategy, but older famous names. We want to build around the team we have.”

Ronaldinho is said to favour a move to Italy but AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said Monday the club's bid to lure the former World Player of the Year was far from being a done deal.

Galliani claimed that Milan had failed to agree a fee for Ronaldinho with his Spanish club Barcelona with Inter president Massimo Moratti admitted he too found Barcelona's demands too high.

“Ronaldinho is also expensive for us,” he said. “He's expensive for everyone.”

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