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Ronaldinho unlikely to join Neymar at Santos

Ronaldinho is one of Brazil's most famous players (©GettyImages)
Ronaldinho is one of Brazil's most famous players (©GettyImages).

Brazil legend Ronaldinho is unlikely to join Neymar at Santos, despite reports linking the former-Barcelona superstar with a move to the Sao Paulo based club.

According to ESPN Brasil, Ronaldinho is an unrealistic target for Santos. Club president Luis Alvaro had said earlier this week that Ronaldinho had spoken to Neymar, prompting speculation the ex-AC Milan playmaker could be lined up to replace Ganso at Santos.

Ganso had been tipped, along with Neymar, to be one of the next great Brazil playmakers, but has failed to live up to the hype so far, and moved to Sao Paulo in September.

Ronaldinho, who currently plays for Atletico Mineiro, left Milan for Brazil in 2010, and has impressed back in his homeland.

The 32-year-old only swapped Flamengo for Mineiro this year, and the ESPN report suggests Santos would be unlikely to steal him away, despite the need to replace the departed Ganso.

A Ronaldinho-Neymar partnership would be a dream combination - Neymar has often been touted as the most flamboyantly talented Brazilian since Ronaldinho - and the 20-year-old has been linked with a move to Barcelona, the club where Ronaldinho made his name.

Instead of Ronaldinho, the report claims Santos are more likely to sign one of their former players, ex-Manchester City and Milan star Robinho.

According to the report, Santos and Milan have been in negotiations over Robinho since the middle of the year, and a possible swap deal including Felipe Anderson has been mooted.

Robinho has recently lost his place in the Milan team to Stephan El Shaarawy.

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