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Chelsea make £19.75m bid for Robinho

Chelsea have confirmed that they have made a £19.75m bid for the Brazil playmaker Robinho. Real Madrid have valued the 24-year-old at £48m, so it remains to be seen if they will be willing to let the former Santos player leave in a cut-price deal.

Robinho has made it clear he would relish the chance to work with compatriot Luiz Felipe Scolari at Stamford Bridge. The Brazil star is said to feel undervalued by Real after it became clear that he was being offered as a makeweight in a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu.

Letting Robinho leave would be a risky move for the already unpopular Madrid chairman, Ramón Calderón, after his attempt to sign Ronaldo came to nothing. But the arrival of another creative midfielder, Rafael van der Vaart, earlier this week could open the door for the ex-Santos star to make a move to the Premier League.

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