Chelsea are continuing to explore the possibility of signing Real Madrid forward Robinho, with the player’s agent confirming that he has met with the Premier League club’s sporting director, Frank Arnesen.
New Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has already signed Portugal international Deco from Barcelona and there are signs that Robinho could be the next arrival.
Robinho’s representative Vagner Ribeiro has confirmed that an approach has been made.
“It’s true that Chelsea are interested in signing Robinho,” Ribeiro told AS.
“They have been after him for a while and there has been much more contact since Scolari became the new Chelsea coach.
“I met with (Frank) Arnesen in London and he confirmed to me that Chelsea wanted my player for next season.”
The Spanish league champions are reportedly keen to sell the player to free up some cash to buy Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, but Ribeiro insists his client is worth as much as the Portugal international.
“Neither Robinho nor I like the fact that Real Madrid can use him as part exchange in their bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo,” he continued.
“We don’t like this attitude and we want Madrid to start valuing Robinho because at the moment they’re not.
“Robinho is as good a player as Cristiano Ronaldo or better. The difference is that Cristiano Ronaldo reached the Champions League final and Robinho didn’t.
“But if Robinho had won such a title he would be at the same level as Cristiano.”
Ribeiro claims the 24-year-old is happy to stay at the Bernabeu but he would be prepared to move if the club want to jettison him.
“Robinho’s priority is to continue at Real Madrid,” he added. “But he cannot stay in a place in which they don’t recognise his talent and at the moment Real Madrid are not doing that and I’m not talking about money.
“I’m referring to the fact that they are undervaluing him in comparison to Cristiano Ronaldo.”