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Barcelona confident of January loan deal for Man City star Robinho

Barcelona directors remain optimistic about signing Manchester City star Robinho in January.

El Mundo Deportivo says while the presence of City boss Mark Hughes at Osasuna for Barca's 1-1 draw did not lead to talks over Robinho, Nou Camp powerbrokers remain hopeful a deal can be struck.

Barca are willing to offer £3 million for the six-month loan of the Brazil international with an agreement over a set fee in June for his permanent signing. Barca would be prepared to pay around £30 million for the former Real Madrid and Santos winger.

Hughes is prepared to lose Robinho, though much will depend on if City chiefs can identify - and sign - an adequate replacement.

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