Man U Encounter Ronaldinho Roadblock
Man U Encounter Ronaldinho
07/02/2003. Manchester United's hopes of signing Ronaldinho took a stiff blow on
Wednesday after Paris St Germain rejected their first official offer and then
suggested that the Brazilian World Cup winner was closer to a move to Real
The English giants were reported to have bid _35m for the man that they have
earmarked as the optimal successor to David Beckham -in terms of star-power- but
the French capital club are said to be holding out for at least ten million more.
"Manchester United have made us an offer, but the deal has not made any progress,"
said PSG president Francis Graille shortly after meeting with United chief
executive Peter Kenyon Graille. He then added a comment that will surely serve
to discomfort anyone affiliated to the Reds, though it can be easily down-played
as a guile bargaining strategy.
"We are also in contact with another club and for the moment Real Madrid have
the advantage," he continued. "I spoke about it with (Real Madrid President)
Florentino Perez again on Tuesday."
What's worse for United, the French league financial watchdog lifted the
buying-ban imposed on PSG, which means that Paris' premier club no longer have
to sell Ronaldinho as a means for survival. The Parc de Princes side managed to
talk their way out of the DNCG's bad-book by outlining how they propose to rid
themselves of a debt estimated at _160m. Immediately thereafter, the French club
completed the signing of Greek international Demis Nikolaidis from AEK Athens.
Despite all of the adversity Manchester are encountering Ronaldinho's agent and
brother Roberto Assis is still confident of some sort of agreement being reached.
"We are very calm," he insisted, "talks are ongoing. The player is not on the
streets and he has proved his worth on the pitch so we will wait and see what
"I am certain Manchester United will make another bid. It is important that we
let the clubs find a possible solution."