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Real confirm Robinho fee

22 July 2005 02:33

MADRID, Jul 22 (SW) - Spanish giants Real Madrid have confirmed an agreement has been reached for the transfer of Brazilian starlet Robinho.

A statement on the club’s website said that a $30 million transfer fee has been agreed with Brazilian club Santos for the transfer of the Brazilian international.

Robinho has a $50 million buy out clause in his contract with Santos, but decided to waive an agreed 40% of any fee in order to secure the move.

“Robinho is just waiting for a transfer certificate to travel. He waived the 40 percent to which he was entitled to be able to fulfill his dream of playing for Real Madrid,” revealed agent Wagner Ribeiro.

The signing will end months of speculation as the 21-year-old completes a much-anticipated move to Madrid.

Indeed there has often been much controversy surrounding the ‘will he, won’t he sign’ debate, with Santos president Marcelo Teixeira accusing the glamour Spanish club of having negotiated with Robinho without proper consent.

There has also been the controversial stance taken by the player himself, who after returning from the Confederations Cup, skipped 12 training sessions and missed 3 games for the club.

Robinho has always maintained his desire to play for Real and becomes the new ‘galactico’ in a squad bursting with natural talent.

Whether the Brazilian international is able to help overturn Real’s recent run of 2 consecutive seasons without a trophy is a matter that will be reviewed in a further 12 months. By then of course, the player may have added a World Cup winners medal to his collection as well.

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