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Chelsea are ready to broker a deal with Real Madrid for Robinho in a bid to bring the acrimonious transfer saga to a conclusion before tonight's midnight deadline.

The Brazilian claimed he wanted to move to England at a press conference yesterday and also criticised Real coach Bernd Schuster for denying him the chance to move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been criticised over their pursuit of the winger and now look ready to return with a late bid, having been rebuffed in their earlier attempts to sign him.

The club refuted criticism from Real Madrid on Sunday night, stating: 'There is nothing wrong with publicly confirming our interest in a player when the club involved is well aware of it, has been in receipt of two bids and is negotiating to sell the player. So we completely refute any criticism from Real Madrid.'

However, their hopes of bringing Robinho to the club took a blow when Real president Ramon Calderon insisted, 'There will be no player coming in and no player leaving'', before the the closure of the transfer window at midnight.'

With the player himself keen to make the move, the deal may hinge on Real signing a replacement and it seems as though the Blues' long-running pursuit may go down to the wire.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Phil Scolari has claimed that he turned down a bid from Arsene Wenger for Salomon Kalou.

'He wanted Kalou two or three months ago when we started negotiations for some players. I said no,' the Brazilian said.

'If you ask Arsene Wenger, he wants Kalou as a centre-forward and Arsene is an intelligent man,'' he said.

'If he loves Kalou as a number nine, I try it sometimes. But I have (Nicolas) Anelka, (Didier) Drogba and (Franco) Di Santo.''


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