The Dutchman remains a high priority for Real, despite negotiations now dragging on into a second month, and they hope to convince Chelsea to relent by including Cicinho in their proposal.

The Brazilian's agent, Jorge Mendes, is close to Blues manager Jose Mourinho and they have already discussed the situation, says AS.

Should Chelsea fail to strike terms with Sevilla for Daniel Alves, a swap involving Cicinho - plus a major cash component - for Robben could be on.