It’s an audacious offer for a former world player of the year, but can Manchester City really bring this Brazilian to Eastlands?
Manchester City are ready to pinch Ronaldinho after putting in a £22million bid for the two-time world player of the year.
City owner Thaksin Shinawatra is hoping to stun AC Milan by beating the Italians to the signature of the Barcelona superstar.
An email offer from City was received by Barcelona last night – despite speculation over the weekend that Milan had agreed a deal for the forward.
The 28-year-old Ronaldinho would wear the No.10 shirt at Eastlands, which would please his sponsors, Nike, as it would fit in with his R10 range. Nike would pay some of the bill for bringing him to City.
A source said: “City are refusing to be bullied out of it by Milan. You have to admire their daring.” (Daily Mirror)
After securing one Brazilian international in the form of exciting young star Jo, to go with fellow countryman Elano, Ronaldinho could become the third member of the Samba army. Could Man City beat off competition from AC Milan? Well maybe they could. After all, the Serie A team don’t even have Champions League football to offer and Thaksin is offering the Barca man a seriously large wage packet. It would be a pretty amazing coup and one that would no doubt please the loyal Blues following. Do City fans think this deal can be done?