2 Sep 2008

City agree huge fee for Real Madrid star Robinho

3:16 pm on 2 September 2008

Manchester City have flexed their new financial muscle after agreeing an $84 million deal for Real Madrid's winger Robinho less than an hour before the transfer window shut today.

City had hoped to land Dimitar Berbatov after agreeing a British record fee of just under $78 million for the Tottenham striker.

But Berbatov's move to Manchester United City persuaded Real to sell Robinho.

The Brazilian had been desperate to join Chelsea but the Blues infuriated Real by making public their interest before a deal had been agreed.

That allowed City, bankrolled by the prospective new owners Abu Dhabi United Group, to make their move.