Brazilian magician deals Liverpool and City transfer blow

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Brazilian side Gremio have confirmed they are in talks with Liverpool target Ronaldinho, and the player is willing to move back to his homeland.

The 30-year-old has failed to make an impact whilst with AC Milan and has attracted interest recently but his wages could be a problem.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is planning an Anfield revolution when the transfer window opens next month and an attacking midfielder/striker is on his wishlist.

He was rumoured recently to be monitoring the situation regarding Ronaldinho but new Liverpool owner John W Henry will have something to say on the matter.

Henry has urged Hodgson to look for younger players during his tenure at the club and, at the age of 30, the Brazilian magician is coming towards the end of his career.

Furthermore, the money he is currently earning in Italy are well out of Liverpool’s reach with just one club in England likely to match that – Manchester City.

Ronaldinho currently rakes in a reported £6.3 million per year (£120,000 per week) at the San Siro, a figure which is considered cheap at Eastlands these days.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is reportedly interested, especially with skipper Carlos Tevez having handed in a transfer request.

However, according to Gremio’s president Paulo Odone, the Brazilian club, where Ronaldinho started his career, are in pole position should he become available.

“He told us he wants to return. Ronaldinho feels that he owes our club something,” said Odone told Zero Hora.

“He told us he wants to return to Gremio and end his career where it started. There are conversations going on and a very good chance that the move will go through.”

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