Real Madrid To Call Robinho ‘Deal’ Off?

Oh dear, should Chelsea be holding back on the printing of certain shirts? Because according to Guillem Balague, the Robinho deal is far from done and dusted.

Despite all the excitement around Chelsea, largely brought about by Peter Kenyon’s optimistic wrist movements no doubt, it is being suggested that Real’s president, Ramon Calderon insists the deal will not go ahead until a replacement (for a player they don’t particularly want) is found.

So where has Kenyon got the idea from that Robinho would not only be a Chelsea player by today, but could even feature in the game against Spurs on Sunday? And why does Robinho’s agent seem so certain he’ll be getting his player away from the Bernabeu any day? Well, it would seem Real’s sporting director, Pedrag Mijatovic, and the club’s director general, Jose Angel told Kenyon and Ribeiro they were happy to accept the £32million Chelsea had put on the table. With that done, Robinho then agreed the terms of a five year deal. Unfortunately for all those concerned in this little party though, Calderon gets the final say – and he apparently says no.

Having already been publically turned down by Ronaldo this summer, Calderon is clearly narked at David Villa’s decision to extend his stay at Valencia rather than play for the “best club in the world.” So, with it looking unlikely Real can bribe persuade any of the players they want to come in this summer, Calderon has effectively called a halt to any prospective deal, stating “Our squad is complete and it is impossible for us to have one better than the one we have.”

Still, let’s not give up just yet because not only is this Real Madrid we’re dealing with here, but it’s also the word of Guillem Balague.

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