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28 Agustus 2008


Chelsea believe their pursuit of Real Madrid forward Robinho will go "to the wire".
The Brazilian featured, along with summer recruit Deco, on Luiz Felipe Scolari's shopping list when Chelsea's new manager pinpointed the players he wished to bring to Stamford Bridge this summer.
With Deco signed and already impressing in the Barclays Premier League, Chelsea are keen to bring Robinho to England from Real Madrid.
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said: "We are ever confident that it will get done but we have always said it will go to the wire.
"We will keep moving it on and we hope that he will be joining us here at Chelsea.
"There were two players Luiz Felipe Scolari identified. One was Deco and one was Robinho and we have already seen the impact Deco has made on the Premier League.
"I think the squad is strong and capable of competing in all competitions without Robinho, but with him it is an added dimension."
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon insisted last night that he has not given up hope of staving off Chelsea's attempts to sign Robinho.
He told Spanish television channel La Sexta: "Robinho continues being a Real Madrid player and the coach counts on him.
"Those in charge of the sporting side of things want him to continue, and I've always wanted to follow the plans of those who really know about these things."
The transfer window will close after what is likely to be a frantic day of activity on Monday, however Chelsea appear to have no targets other than Scolari's younger compatriot.
There seems little prospect of another Brazilian, Kaka, leaving AC Milan to join the Blues, not least because the playmaker is happy at the San Siro.
Chelsea were linked with a world-record £80million bid for Kaka, but he told Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport: "Me going to Chelsea? I'm staying as a Rossoneri player.
"I should help Milan to win the trophies we're up for this season."
He added: "I've always said I'm happy at Milan and as long as my aims remain the same as Milan's I'll stay here. Until now it's always been that way.
"My goal is to win, Milan's is too. As long as we are like that, I'll remain at Milan."
One player who could still leave Chelsea is Shaun Wright-Phillips.
The winger's agent has insisted the 26-year-old England international wants to stay in London, however his opportunities at Chelsea this season could be limited and Manchester City are very eager to take him back, three years after selling him for £21million.
Wright-Phillips is also believed to interesting Everton boss David Moyes, who has had a quiet time in the transfer market this summer and is desperate to add to his squad with the transfer deadline imminent.
But the winger's agent Wayne Lindsay told "He [Wright-Phillips] doesn't want to join either of them and we are now discussing the next move to see what we do."
City manager Mark Hughes - a former Chelsea player himself - said yesterday: "We're obviously keen to bring him to the club if we can."