Chelsea are ready to offer Barcelona €60m for Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho, according to Sport newspaper.
The newspaper, which has close ties to Barcelona, said Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made the signature of Ronaldinho a top priority for the next season.
“The decision has already been taken,” Sport said.
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has reportedly discussed the club’s interest in the player with Barcelona officials.
Chelsea’s bid for the playmaker will include German international midfielder Michael Ballack, who came close to signing with Barcelona while he was at Bayern Munich.
Last month Barcelona vice-president Ferran Soriano said Ronaldinho, who has also been linked to a move to Italian side Milan, was not for sale.
“Ronaldinho is not for sale, neither in December, nor June. It’s inevitable that he has some problems with his game but we’ve never thought of selling him,” he told La Vanguardia.