Chelsea launching legal action over Barcelona Ronaldinho claims

Chelsea are taking legal action against claims made by outgoing Barcelona president Joan Laporta that they offered him a share of a £7million sweetener in an attempt to persuade him to sell Ronaldinho, reports the Daily Mail.

Laporta claimed in a recently published book that Chelsea offered the cash as part of a deal for the former World Player of the Year in 2004 via his former vice-president Sandro Rosell.

"I told him (Rosell) to get it out of his head, that Ronnie was not for sale," wrote Laporta.

"But he added, 'Joan, they are giving us a commission of 10 per cent'.

"Sandro kept insisting about the offer of Chelsea. He (said) they were giving us 10m euros to share between us.

"That attitude made me profoundly indignant."

Chelsea deny even making an approach in 2004 for Ronaldinho, now with AC Milan, and have employed a law firm in a bid to withdraw the book from sale.