Robinho set for Barcelona switch?

Manchester City forward Robinho could be set to swap Eastlands for the Nou Camp according to reports on the back pages this morning. The Brazilian could be used as a makeweight as the Premier League's big spenders look to entice some of Barcelona's star names to Manchester.

Robinho has blown hot and cold since he joined City in 2008 and has struggled with injuries since the start of the current season. The former Real Madrid player spoke to reporters about his desire to play for the Catalan giants.

"Of course I would like to play for Barcelona, who wouldn't? We could really enjoy ourselves. It would be a pleasure to play alongside [Lionel] Messi, my compatriot [Dani] Alves, Xavi [Hernández], [Andrés] Iniesta, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, everyone. They are a great team. I have played against them and I know all about their quality. But until now I have only been able to play with them on the PlayStation."

The striker also underlined his admiration for the Barcelona manager Pepe Guardiola: "His side is truly spectacular. It is an honour that a coach like Guardiola speaks highly of me, for him to rate me as highly as I have read that he does. I genuinely appreciate it – from the bottom of my heart."

However, Robinho made it clear that he has received no contact from Barcelona about a possible transfer: "It's a question of sitting down and talking about it when there is a concrete and serious offer. But, I repeat, nothing has reached me. When it does, I'll say so. Right now it is best not to say things that can be misinterpreted both here and there. Let me make one thing clear: I have a contract with City and as a professional I owe my allegiance to them."

"It is no secret that [in the summer] there was clear interest from Barcelona in signing me but Manchester City didn't want to negotiate. I was declared untransferable and that's the way it stays; I'm concentrating on doing the best I can for City. We're thinking big now. We have built a very strong side that has aspirations of winning the Premier League with [Carlos] Tevez, [Emmanuel] Adebayor, [Joleon] Lescott and [Gareth] Barry."

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