Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson admits he would love Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra to buy Ronaldinho this summer following a tenuous link with the under-fire Barcelona striker.
The Brazil forward, currently out injured, could leave the Camp Nou in the summer and his brother and representative Roberto De Assis was entertained at the City of Manchester stadium on Saturday by club directors ahead of the 2-0 defeat by Chelsea.
'It was the first time I had heard such a thing, so I really hope it is true,' said Eriksson.
'We would be able to find a place in our team for him, I can guarantee that.
'I will phone the owners. It was a surprise, but if they want to package Ronaldinho for me I would accept him and be very happy.'
And Eriksson joked about signing another high-profile Brazilian when he added: 'I would be happy to take Kaka at the same time!'