City outcast offered to Barca as bait

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Manchester City will offer Robinho as a makeweight in a potential deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to reports in Spain.

City manager Roberto Mancini is on the look out for a world class striker to partner Carlos Tevez and has been linked with Ibrahimovic, who he worked with at Inter Milan, recently.

Spanish newspaper Sport are reporting that the Citizens visited Camp Nou to propose the swap and Barca’s representatives have requested more time to reflect and look at other options.

City have been linked with a host of players from the Catalan side recently, most notably Yaya Toure, who has claimed he has done a deal with a Premier League team, and Daniel Alves.

Barcelona are thought to want around €50 million (£40 million) but Man City’s proposal would see that sum fall dramatically as Robinho is valued at around £30 million.

Robinho is currently out on loan at Santos in his homeland and is understood to be keen on moving there permanently.

This deal looks likely to be short term, however, as Santos are unlikely to have the resources to strike a deal with the Eastlands club.

Meanwhile Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva believes Robinho will shine at the forthcoming World Cup.

He said: “The World Cup 1962 was that of Garrincha and the 2010 will be to Robinho.”

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