Tuesday, 17th August 2010

Barcelona have denied reports on Spanish radio that they have come to an agreement with Manchester City for Robinho, but do not rule out signing the Brazilian or selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Premier League side.

The Camp Nou side are big fans of Robinho and were keen on signing the player last summer; Robinho himself is known to consider a move to Barcelona as something of a dream. While Barca vice president Josep Maria Bartholomew denied SER’s reports that a deal with City was done, he did not rule out the possibility of the transfer taking place, or of Ibrahimovic heading to Eastlands.

Bartholomew explained that Barcelona had spend several months looking at players with coach Josep Guardiola and for the moment he prefers to stick with youth, but he added, "this does not mean that by the close of the [transfer] market we will not sign someone if there is a good option."

Pressed on a possible Manchester City move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Barcelona vice president said that it was in the hands of the Premier League club and that "to come for Ibra [they] would have to put money on the table, an option City have not managed so far."

As the transfer window heads towards its close there remains the very real possibility of a swap deal involving Robinho and Ibrahimovic, a turn of events which would suit both Barcelona and Manchester City.



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