Besiktas pour cold water on claims of deal for Man City winger Robinho

Besiktas have poured cold water on the prospect of landing Manchester City star Robinho.

City are attempting to establish whether Besiktas are in a position to finance their £16m bid for Robinho after the Turkish club posted a statement on their website to say they were struggling to raise the full amount.

"Until we have a sponsor, Robinho is out of the question," the statement said.

There were suggestions in Turkey that it was merely a strategic move on the part of Besiktas and that, in reality, the money is there.

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