June 17, 2008

Real Madrid could be ready to include Robinho in its bid to pry Cristiano Ronaldo away from Manchester United after the Brazilian's continuous attempts to be paid more at the Bernabéu.

In a year that failed to see him step up to a higher level, the Brazilian international continued to demand an improved contract and that has not gone down well with the Merengue hierarchy, according to Sport.

Despite that, Robinho's stock is still high and Madrid believe that his inclusion in any offer for Ronaldo could help ease the current problems United is having with the idea of losing its superstar.

With talk of a fee anywhere between $124 million and $186 million being offered by the Spanish club directly to the Glazer family, which owns United, the introduction of players into the deal could see that come down dramatically.

Madrid values Robinho at around $62 million and are considering an opening gambit of $78 million plus the former Santos trickster and is prepared to go higher if necessary.

The fact that Manchester United failed in its quest to censure Real Madrid over its public chase for Ronaldo has emboldened president Ramón Calderón and sporting director Predrag Mijatovic.

They are now reported to believe that it is only a matter of time before a deal is done, but know that they still need United to agree a fee.

Other players, such Sergio Ramos, will not be included in any offer although Madrid could be open to suggestions about any of its fringe stars should the Premier League champions be interested.

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