Chelsea fear Robinho using them for new Madrid contract

Luiz Felipe Scolari has made it clear to Chelsea he sees Real Madrid winger Robinho as a priority target.

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The Independent says Scolari has told Chelsea that they should press ahead with investigating whether they should bid for Robinho, believing he is a far more realistic target than either Kaka, who Milan will not sell, or Ronaldinho, who the manager believes will join Manchester City. Even so Real are demanding around £30m for Robinho.

Chelsea, whose interest in the 24-year-old Brazil international pre-dates Scolari's appointment, are suspicious that Robinho and his advisers, headed by agent Wagner Ribeiro, are playing them off against Real. He has been seeking a new contract for the past 12 months and is annoyed that he is one of the club's lowest-paid players.

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