Doubts over Ronaldinho future
Blackburn's bid to sign Ronaldinho remains unclear after a senior Milan source claimed there has been no bid.
Last Updated: 04/01/11 8:45pm
Blackburn Rovers' attempts to sign Ronaldinho remain unclear after a senior AC Milan source told Sky Sports News that the Italian club have not received a bid for the Brazilian.
Current Ewood Park manager Steve Kean has revealed that the Premier League outfit's owners, the Venky's group, want to sign the former World Player of the Year in the current transfer window.
Kean has stated that contact has been made with the representatives of former Barcelona star Ronaldinho, who has also been linked with a return to first club, Gremio, as Rovers attempt to make a statement of their intent and ambitions.
However, it remains to be seen whether the 30-year-old, 88-time Brazil international would be interested in a move to the north west of England and it is claimed that Milan vice president Adriano Galliani is actually in South America holding negotiations.
Kean has high hopes of attracting Ronaldinho's flair after being tasked with improving Rovers' style in the wake of Sam Allardyce's exit but, according contacts in Italy, there has yet to be an approach to Milan.
A senior source of the Serie A club told Sky Sports News' chief news reporter, Bryan Swanson: "The club has received no bid for Ronaldinho from anyone, including Blackburn. There has not been an approach.
"We believe Ronaldinho wants to play in Brazil. Vice president Adriano Galliani is in Rio de Janeiro meeting the player's agent and dealing with his contract.
"We do not know if clubs are dealing with Ronaldinho directly but he is under contract with us, so we need to be told."
Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi also expects Ronaldinho to return to his homeland and he will be sorry to see the playmaker leave.
"He is the greatest player in the world in terms of speed of thought and execution," Berlusconi is quoted as saying in the Italian media.
"But it was his choice to return to Brazil."