Transfer speculation

Scolari still hopes to sign City's Robinho

November 23, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Speculation that Chelsea still have an interest in signing Robinho has mounted after reports from Brazil quote Luiz Felipe Scolari as suggesting Manchester City star Robinho could have a future at Stamford Bridge.

GettyImagesRobinho: Unfinished business for Chelsea and Scolari.
City beat the Blues to the forward's signature on transfer deadline day in the summer, but Scolari appears still to be keen on the 24-year-old. Chelsea lost out to City's cash-rich Abu Dhabi consortium after their own negotiations with Real Madrid collapsed amid squabbling, which included the Spanish club being infuriated by a Chelsea merchandising operation selling a Chelsea shirt with Robinho emblazoned on the back.

Robinho signed for City sight unseeen for a record £32.5million fee, having fallen out with Real, but has been in free-scoring form and has started to enjoy life in Manchester, even choosing to tour the city on a municipal bus.

But Chelsea still feel they missed out on the man who could have further augmented their star-studded line-up. "I am sure that Robinho would be the best player in the world if he came to play at Chelsea," Scolari told Brazilian daily O Globo.

"The Chelsea doors are always open to him."