Chelsea lost out on the battle for Robinho yesterday as the transfer deadline loomed towards them. Chelsea looked to secure the deal before it collapsed a couple days ago. Peter Kenyon, the chief executive of Chelsea still claimed to be holding talks with the Brazilian right winger until he broke the British record transfer fee to Manchester City for 32 million.
The Blues looked overconfident about the deal when they started selling Robinho shirts online. Real Madrid were infuriated and decided not to sell Robinho to Chelsea. Thaksin Shinawatra, who was appointed as owner of the Manchester City in June 2007, who arrived with bags of money to strengthen the squad was not the favourite to sign the Brazilian.