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Manchester City's Brazilian forward Robinho would like to play for Barcelona but knows nothing about a loan deal reported in Spanish media.

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves has welcomed reports linking Robinho with a possible move to the Camp Nou.

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Robinho could be a January target for Barça

Barcelona's sporting director has admitted the club is interested in the Manchester City winger Robinho. Txiki Begiristain refused to rule out a January transfer window move for the Brazilian and also said he believed the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will one day show up at the Nou Camp.

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Robinho admits interest in Barcelona move

Manchester City's Brazil star Robinho has again fuelled speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona after admitting he would find it difficult to turn down a move to the Spanish giants.

Transfer Talk: Zaki bound for return

Portsmouth have made a bid of £3m for Egyptian international and former Wigan striker Amr Zaki. The Fratton Park side have also been linked with a move for the former Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Liverpool midfielder Boudewijn Zenden, but could face competition from Blackburn for the Dutchman.

Terry uses City interest to seal new contract

John Terry has landed a new five-year, £150,000-a-week contract by leveraging Manchester City's interest in signing him this summer. Chelsea had tried to keep the new deal under wraps until later in the season but news leaked out over the weekend that he is now the best-paid player in the Premier League along with Robinho.

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Striker proves invaluable for league's wealthiest side on visit to paupers Pompey

Hughes calls on City to build on fine start

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