July 11, 2008

Silvio Berlusoconi is hoping that talks this month will see FC Barcelona reduce its asking price for Ronaldinho to allow him to make his dream move to AC Milan.

The Italian club's supremo is still keen to land the Brazilian, but has admitted that allied with its quest for Emmanuel Adebayor, he is too expensive.

Barcelona has not done itself many favor by openly admitting that the player is not part of its plans while maintaining that his market value is more than $30 million.

"Barça are still asking too much for Ronaldinho," Berlusconi told Brazilian paper O Globo. "It is more than we can pay. We not in a position to spend [$31.8] on him."

Manchester City has met Barça's asking price, but the Brazilian does not want to move to Eastlands and has set his heart on playing for the Rossoneri.

New Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola has hinted that should Ronaldinho show signs of real improvement then he could well stay, but a fresh start may be one step too far.

Milan intermediary Ernesto Bronzetti has been jetting back and forth to talk with the Catalan giants, but their eye has been taken off the ball by the boardroom chaos.

While Ronaldinho is hoping to make the move to the San Siro, when he does return he will have to persuade Barça to lower its demands or face an uncomfortable start to the campaign at Camp Nou.

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