Man City using Robinho to beat Chelsea for Benfica defender Luiz

Benfica are in contact with Manchester City for Robinho.

Benfica are in contact with Manchester City for Robinho.

The News of the World says City want a minimum £20million return on the £32.5m they paid Real Madrid for him back in August 2008 but he could be used as bait to land David Luiz.

With both Chelsea and City making bids of £27m, Robinho could hold the key to pushing through a deal in time for the start of the season because the Portuguese side want at least £35m for the Brazilian defender.

Robinho and his representatives are due to return to Manchester this week but will be kept waiting to discuss a deal because the squad is travelling to Germany to play a friendly against Borussia Dortmund.

 
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