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Barcelona pip United to bag Ronaldinho

Barcelona, July 19 (AFP): Ronaldinho arrived here on Saturday from Brazil to finalise personal details after Barcelona announced they had beaten Manchester United in the race to sign the Brazilian World Cup winner.

Ronaldinho is poised to move to the Nou Camp instead of Old Trafford after Barcelona announced that his current club Paris Saint Germain had accepted their bid of 30 million euros ($33.6 million).

United’s final offer, which was lower than 30 million euros, was rejected by PSG, according to the club’s president Francis Graille.

The French club informed Roberto Assis, brother and agent of Ronaldinho, and gave the go-ahead for the move to Barcelona. Ronaldinho, 23, is expected to undergo a medical Sunday before signing a five-year contract on Monday.

Barcelona’s website confirmed Ronaldinho was flying in “to sort out the final details of his contract”.

Graille criticised the Premiership champions for not playing by the Fifa rule book and negotiating directly with the player. “We haven’t been very impressed by our English contacts,” Graille said.

“In fact, United have been too sure of themselves, believing that they’d done the hard work by negotiating directly with the player and going behind PSG’s backs.”

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