The race is hotting up for one of the hottest stars in La Liga, and it appears that two London-based clubs are leading the chase!
Arsenal and Chelsea are leading the chase to sign Real Madrid forward Robinho.
Robinho has spent three seasons with the Spanish giants but has failed to hold down a regular first team place at the Bernabeu.
The 24-year-old has admitted to his interest to start a fresh by moving to the Premier League and his agent has confirmed there remains a number of suitors interested in the former Santos player.
Robinho’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro said that there was “certain” interest from English clubs but added in Spanish newspaper Marca that: “the decision remains in the hands of Real Madrid because they have a contract with him”.
Robinho’s representative had earlier this month stressed Chelsea’s eagerness to sign the player. Last month Riberio claimed he had met chief executive Peter Kenyon and that the club were “considering making an offer of €35 (£28m)” for the player.
That came at a time when Chelsea were without a manager following Avram Grant’s dismissal. With Phil Scolari due to take over the post on July 1, the Brazilian coach may look to step up his efforts to sign a player who has failed to fulfil his potential since his arrival in Europe.
Arsenal are also thought to be monitoring Robinho’s situation at Real. The club have been linked with a move for the player since his arrival at Madrid and may need to bolster their attack if Emmanuel Adebayor leaves for AC Milan. (goal.com)
Robinho is a supremely talented player, whose playing style seems to be far more akin to Arsenal than Chelsea. However, the arrival of big Phil could well aid the Blues in their chase for any Brazilian stars, hence the reported interest in the likes of Kaka and Ronaldinho. Do Arsenal and Chelsea fans think the 24-year-old is worth that much?