Botafogo have launched a bid for AC Milan midfielder Ronaldinho.

It's been revealed Botafogo sounded out Ronie's brother and agent, Roberto de Assis, about a return to Brazil in the New Year.

Mauro Azevedo, a transfer consultant in Rio de Janeiro, revealed to Globoesporte: "Botafogo made a formal bid, which was bold and feasible.

"It's all black and white, so this isn't just a rumor. Assis himself is clearly happy with it and I think that it can go ahead."