April 29, 2008

Barcelona President Joan Laporta has made it perfectly clear to AC Milan, and any other interested parties, that Ronaldinho will cost not a penny less than $62 million.

Ronaldinho is virtually certain to leave Camp Nou in the summer following a miserable season both on and off the pitch.

The Brazilian has fallen out with players, staff and supporters, while he has also struggled with form and fitness.

Milan is the huge favorite to sign the 28-year-old, but there have been problems in negotiating a transfer fee with Barça.

"I would say that Ronaldinho is worth more than [$62 million]," Laporta stated. "Dinho is an excellent lad and has never created any problems. I am convinced that he will return to his best when he is fit again.

"He needs fresh motivation, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he has to leave because he can find stimuli here and he is under contract until 2010.

"We have received lots of offers, including bids from England, but Milan has shown the greatest interest in him."

On Monday, Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti restated his interest in bringing Ronaldinho to San Siro.

"Two years ago, Ronaldinho was a great champion and every team wanted him," said Ancelotti. "He won the Golden Ball and had the admiration of every fan. "Now he's had his worst season, but we're still interested."

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