Brazilian forward Robinho is close to agreeing a deal which will take him to Real Madrid at the end of the season, according to the player’s agents.
“Real Madrid want to reach an agreement to have a preferential option to buy Robinho next June,” Juan Figger told Spanish sports daily Marca.
“An agreement is very close, but we just have to finalise the last few details.”
Robinho has won two caps for Brazil and is the leading scorer for his club, Santos, this season with 21 goals.
The 20-year-old has been in the news over the last few days after his mother was kidnapped.
Wagner Ribeiro, acting on behalf of Robinho, said that the player was keen to leave Brazil so that he would not be exposed to similar threats in the future.
“He’s having a very difficult time at the moment,” said Ribeiro.
“It would affect anyone if their mother was kidnapped, but he is especially close to her and it has hit him very hard. He has asked me to stay here (in Spain) to agree his move to Real Madrid before returning to Brazil.
“He wants to settle his professional future because he wants to live a normal, quiet life and the only way to do that is to leave Brazil.”