Manchester City's pursuit of Ronaldinho has strengthened after the Barcelona star admitted he wants to play in the Premiership.

Sven Goran Eriksson is ready to pay around £10million for the former World Player of the Year.

But Ronaldinho, 28, can also expect to land a massive image rights deal to tempt him to Eastlands at the end of the season.

City could greatly offset the costs of such a huge transfer with huge commercial spin-offs.

Ronaldinho revealed to team-mates at the Nou Camp earlier this week that he fancies a move to England with his career at Barcelona finished, says The Sun.

A thigh strain has ruled him out for the rest of the season and there are concerns he has been distracted by his five-star lifestyle in Spain.