Ronaldinho Snub; PSG Boss Claims Brazilian Won't Move to Chelsea

By Thomson, Paul | The Evening Standard (London, England), July 8, 2003 | Go to article overview

Ronaldinho Snub; PSG Boss Claims Brazilian Won't Move to Chelsea


Thomson, Paul, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: PAUL THOMSON

RONALDINHO is set to reject a move to Chelsea, according to Paris St Germain president Francis Graille.

Chelsea have been in contact with PSG regarding the Brazilian star following Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's takeover at Stamford Bridge.

However, Ronaldinho is believed to still favour a move to Real Madrid or Manchester United, with his future expected to be resolved in the next 48 hours.

Graille claims the midfielder would reject a move to London on football grounds.

"Chelsea have plenty of money, but I don't see the sporting interest in Ronaldinho going to them," he said.

"I've been in contact with several clubs every day.

Officials from Manchester United came over yesterday.

Perhaps I will talk to them today. They will have to put a substantial offer in for us to let Ronaldinho go."

Ronaldinho's brother Roberto Assis, who acts as his agent, confirmed Chelsea's offer and predicted the longrunning saga would reach a conclusion on Thursday.

Assis said: "Chelsea's was the last offer to reach us and we will consider it like all the others. We have not decided yet but will do so when Ronaldinho returns from Brazil this week."

Manchester United have already had an offer for the player rejected, which was thought to have put Real Madrid in the driving seat.

It is believed that Madrid have currently made the biggest bid, with the Spaniards proposing to allow Ronaldinho to spend next season on loan at PSG as part

of the deal. The asking price is reckoned to have passed [pounds sterling]20million, when at the start of the summer it was suggested Ronaldinho might be available for half that price.

Perhaps working to PSG's advantage is that Abramovich is now chasing the world's elite players.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were so desperate to keep hold of Gianfranco Zola they considered buying his new club Cagliari to enable the Italian to return to Stamford Bridge.

Zola made a verbal agreement to join the Sardinian club before Roman Abramovich's takeover last week and Chelsea's new owners moved immediately to change his mind. …

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