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Manchester City to meet Barca over Robinho’s transfer

SoccerNews in English Premier League 7 Nov 2009

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Robinho’s future with Manchester City remains uncertain with the player attracting interest from Barcelona.

The Brazilian forward has been linked on a number of occasions with a move to Barcelona, and the player himself has hinted at his desire to play for the Catalans at some point in the future.

Manchester City and Barcelona officials will reportedly meet in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to resume talks about Robinho’s move to the Nou Camp.

The European champions want to take the Brazil international to the Nou Camp in the January window and will put three options on the table.

The first is a six-month loan, including a small fee and Barca paying his £160,000 a week wages, with the option of permanent deal with Barca next July.

The second is an 18-month loan with the move made permanent in 2011.

The third is a January transfer for about the £34million City paid Real Madrid for Robinho in 2008.

Robinho, almost fit again after a stress fracture to his left leg, is understood to be keen to return to Spain and link up with Barcelona.

“I’m calm. My father takes care of those matters,’ he told El Mundo Deportivo.

However, Robinho’s father Gilvan da Souza, who is also the player’s agent, refused to confirm that his son would be leaving Eastlands, although he did say that there is interest from Barca.

“We are waiting for Manchester City to tell us something about the future of my son,” said Gilvan Da Souza.

“I am very aware of what is said and published in Barcelona in relation to my son.

“Until the two clubs do agree and we officially have a decision, we must keep them guessing.

“Robinho is a professional who is bound to City, with whom he has a contract, but if your club (Barca) agrees, the choice is very exciting. Let’s see.”

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