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Real Planning Dutch Makeover?

  • Goal.com, Friday, August 10, 2007 3:46 PM
Contrary to reports in Spain, Real Madrid still has yet to capture Arjen Robben from Chelsea. The Spanish champion is believed to have offered $47 million for the Dutch winger, although Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho earlier Friday characterized his transfer status as "wait and see." Chelsea had been hoping to use the funds from Robben's sale to buy Daniel Alves from Sevilla, but club President Jose Maria Del Nido on Friday said he had turned down separate bids of $44 and $48 million for the Brazilian right back. "If we receive an offer that is above his current value in the market, then he could leave us, and, if not, we will remain calm," Del Nido said. Without Alves' sale, Mourinho is unlikely to let Robben leave.

Madrid, meanwhile, set its sights on three other Dutchmen: Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart, Ajax's Wesley Sneijder and Royston Drenthe, who the club signed from Feyenood earlier Friday for $19 million. At the moment, it looks like Sneijder, valued at $33 million, will soon arrive at the Bernabeu, too. The central midfielder recently told his club that he wants to make the move. Said unhappy Ajax coach Henk ten Cate, "I am already thinking about life without him." Hamburg's van der Vaart would also cost around $20 million. "I will continue to play for Hamburg, of course, unless Real Madrid come for me," the 24-year-old said van der Vaart. "If they do, then I do not think that I could say no." Are these proposed deals in lieu of an agreement for Robben, or in addition to it?

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