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City Prepare For Ronaldinho

Speculation surrounding Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho joining up at Eastlands have been mooted for weeks, however these rumours now appear to have more credibility.

Various press reports indicate club owner Thaksin Shinawatra will stop at nothing to lure the 28-year-old away from Barcelona and is willing to pay a world record £200,000 a week for his services.

Apparently, sources close to Thaksin say that members of City's board are due to fly out to the player's home city of Porto Alegre in Brazil to meet with him face to face this weekend. Should negotiations go well, Ronaldinho may well become a City player as early as next week.

A Spanish source told the Daily Mail...

'Ronaldinho is showing a growing interest in going to England, although there is still much negotiating ahead, it is possible. Anyway, who else [Manchester City] can afford him?'

In recent months, Ronaldinho has reportedly had a tour of the City of Manchester stadium, its facilities, while his brother and agent Roberto De Assis has also held a series of meetings with Thaksin's right-hand man, Pairoj Piempongsant, to discuss the potential transfer.

Should the deal go ahead, City fans can expect to see one of the world's most gifted players wear the number 10 shirt.

The journalist

Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 3 2008

Time: 9:04AM

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it will never happen so stop getting your hopes up!!
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03/06/2008 09:19:00

chels4eva..Do I denote sour grapes !!!
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03/06/2008 09:22:00

If these rumours are true I guess it is odds on that Zico will be the new manager.
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03/06/2008 09:24:00

Samba's at the ready!
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03/06/2008 09:25:00

At 200k per week, He is not the right player for this club, you could get 4 top class players for that money. Don't forget Mancini and Rijkaard are available, just don not fancy Zico for Eastlands.
Buzz Lightyear
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03/06/2008 10:25:00

Hey Buzz ..It would certainly send out a message to the top four.
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03/06/2008 12:40:00

Why would you want someone who is no longer at the top of his game
Tiny T
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03/06/2008 12:54:00

Tiny T, exactly and at 200k per week. Alphie I want success as much as anyone, but not at this price, it would cause utter disruption in the team.
Buzz Lightyear
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03/06/2008 13:24:00

If it brings success who cares at what price
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03/06/2008 15:03:00

Its not worth the price at all we could get better than that especially if its going to cost us that much. We shouldn have sacked sven in the 1st place
dunne deal
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03/06/2008 15:53:00

never coming
steve bhoy
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03/06/2008 16:14:00

Alphie, thats what they said about Anelka, but primadonnas in the changing room do not go down well. The guy has lost some charisma and CTID is a backward step for this guy to come here.
Buzz Lightyear
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03/06/2008 18:06:00

Chelsea have their man according to SKY, which makes them very naughty over the last 24 hours pushing Hughes towards chelsea, we now have got to be favourites, as I think Hughes could not stay at Blackburn, with him openly wanting to move on.
Buzz Lightyear
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03/06/2008 18:08:00

Compensation package agreed with Blackburn, all we have to do now is convince Hughes that this is the club that he can fullfil his ambitions (I bet thats what they said to Svennis).
Buzz Lightyear
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03/06/2008 18:12:00

Even though Ancelloti says he is staying Abramovich's vocabulary does not contain the word NO
Buzz Lightyear
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03/06/2008 21:09:00

Hope Mexico give England a right stuffing in the 2010 World Cup !!!
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03/06/2008 23:11:00

200k a week? sounds like a made-up figure to me!
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03/06/2008 23:20:00

Whatever the figure, if he did join it would be for a well paid holiday, do you have to run and train for that kind of cash? probably don't even have to kick footballs.
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04/06/2008 02:54:00

Am really please for Sven.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/06/2008 06:25:00

we will let Sparky have a go at managing a club with a few quid and if he does well,he will be over to OT when Fergie calls it a draw,and you lot know it.And if he fails we are in a win,win situation.Thanks for training up one of the candidates.
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04/06/2008 16:45:00

Cant believe you said that Sweetleftfoot, wanting City rejects is not the swamp monsters style. I do think that signing Hughes will have stirred the swamp; just waiting to see what rises to the surface, you're the first, many more to come no doubt, welcome to The City Vital homepage read and enjoy.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/06/2008 16:59:00

If he turns out to be a "Reject" after your dirty club have had him,he wont be coming back.But(and thats a big but)if he does a decent job, and we want him,he will leave you lot in the blink of an eye.
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04/06/2008 17:05:00

Congratulations, guys, I am really pleased,I can not sleep Siesta day of happiness, I dont no if it will Continue this "Ecstasy" for the night or not, Congratulations for all Man City fans for welcome A wonderful coach, Mr.Mark Hughes, In another topic, I can not read well the Title, Is Ronaldinho Or Ronaldo !!,Maybe It does not matter with this Big Name fact we have the money. :)
city 81
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04/06/2008 18:18:00

Dirty? I do not intend to get into an argument with someone whose shoe size is bigger than their IQ, but I assume you are older than 8 because you used a full stop and stated a sentence with BUT. I shall give a quiz question. The following all played for City, Colin Bell Glyn Pardoe and Alfie Haaland, what have they all got in common?
Buzz Lightyear
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04/06/2008 18:22:00

City 81 it is Ronaldinho currently playing for Barca in the Spanish League.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/06/2008 18:24:00

Buzz, I Know my frind, But the Dirty club ( M U ) It not will Continue the Big club,But maybe is Continue only abig in the Dirty :)))
city 81
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04/06/2008 19:05:00

City 91 unfortunately MU will be ahead of us for some time to come, but we will be catching them up, that is what is worrying the MU fans. they don't like competition, especially when the competition actually play in Manchester and they just play on the outskirts in Lancashire.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/06/2008 19:21:00

A lot of money to be paying for one man, he certainly wont make a big enough difference without more quality around him.
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04/06/2008 19:37:00

What a transfer season this is turning out to be....
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05/06/2008 05:02:00

But there is a problem in Brazil international players playing in the English league!! The problem is when they play for they national teams, The long distance travel (as he playing international matches on Wednesday and the local match play on Saturday) The player will not be able to catch the game, But If he could, he will be tired and will not provide his level, Becouse that in the Italy and Spain, most of the matches play on Sunday.
city 81
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05/06/2008 19:24:00

IUt is also cold here in the winter, Elano said it caused him a problem and affected his game.
Buzz Lightyear
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05/06/2008 21:24:00

Buzz, What mean ( IUt ) ?! an about the cold is not problem, Look to the African player they does not complain of this problem and They playing better than they was play at they countery.
city 81
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05/06/2008 22:22:00

bad typing city81 IT. (not IUt) The climate must be different for South Americans, they often complain of the cold and don't like it, but they will get used to it if they play here long enough. Still not convinced over the potential signing of Rondaldiho, they say he is overweight and has lost a lot of magic from the boots.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/06/2008 07:16:00

Buzz, You have big fingers :) ,
city 81
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06/06/2008 09:05:00

Buzz..He won't be overweight for long with Sparky's fitness regime.
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06/06/2008 10:18:00

Forget his talent, Goofy is lazy. All his signing will do is break the bank and raise the club's profile. But will it help Man City win? I doubt it seriously.
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06/06/2008 23:48:00


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