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Robben Optimistic About Real Transfer

Arjen Robben's move to Real Madrid now looks a virtual certainty after the Dutch winger proclaimed on Wednesday that he was "happy" with the Spanish champion's interest in him. "Of course, Madrid's interest makes me happy," the striker said, speaking about the matter for the first time publicly. "But for now I can not say much more because Chelsea will not let me tell you more until there is an agreement between the two clubs. It's better that they talk about it and solve this."
 
By "this," Robben is either referring to a transfer to Madrid -- his first choice -- or an improvement to his $166,000 per week contract. Talks regarding the latter are believed to have broken down, which the Telegraph and others say leaves Robben pining for a move to the Bernabeu. However, earlier in the week, Chelsea raised its price to $50 million for the Dutch winger; begrudgingly, Real tabled a $45 million offer on Tuesday, according to various reports. 
 
Robben's father, who's also his agent, said the two camps remained in negotiations on Tuesday night, but was optimistic that the transfer would be resolved as early as Wednesday. Real, now badly in need of a left-sided midfielder following the departures of Jose Antonio Reyes and Roberto Carlos, has been very public in its pursuit of the player. The fact that no other clubs have come in for him has likely lead to the increase in price. Should the transfer go through, Chelsea would most likely use the funds to buy $40 million Sevilla right back Dani Alves, who on Wednesday reiterated his desire to move to Stamford Bridge.

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