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Barcelona cool on move for City's Robinho

October 21, 2009

Barcelona have not approached Manchester City about forward Robinho since the summer, according to sporting director Txiki Begiristain.

EmpicsMan City's Robinho is sidelined at present

City boss Hughes denied recent talk of a possible deal between the two teams for the Brazil star, saying he was "not in the process of taking outstanding players out of the team''.

Begiristain told www.elmundodeportivo.es: "Robinho is an interesting player who we asked about in the summer. But City would not talk about a transfer and since then we have not made any move.''

Reports in Spain claim Barca will launch a bid for Robinho in the Januray transfer window and that they may pay a sizeable fee to take him on loan for the rest of the season.

Robinho joined City in summer 2008 for £32.5 million from Barca's arch rivals Real Madrid but has repeatedly spoken of his desire to play for Barcelona.