Turkish club president reveals he has submitted a bid for Brazilian.
Besiktas president Ahmet Nur Cebi has revealed that the club have submitted an offer to Atletico Mineiro for Ronaldinho.
The 33-year-old won the Copa Libertadores last month in his first season with the club, after joining from Flamengo in the summer of 2012.
Following his influential displays, Cebi believes that the Brazilian international is still capable of producing in Europe, and is keen to bolster the squad this summer.
“We have submitted a bit to Atletico Mineiro and we are now waiting for a response,” he told the Turkish press as quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The former Barcelona and AC Milan star has returned to some fine form over the past year, which had resulted in a recall from Luiz Felipe Scolari for the friendly against England at Wembley earlier this year.
It is unclear at this stage as to whether he would be tempted by a return to Europe, given the fact that the World Cup is fast approaching and he would seem in prime contention for a place in the squad in his current surroundings.
Nevertheless, Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic believes that Ronaldinho could take his squad “to the next level” if he joined, and insists that he still has a couple of years left in him to produce in Europe.
“I would love to have Ronaldinho in my squad,” the former Croatia boss told reporters as quoted by Goal.com.
“He might be a little older now, but I think that he still has at least two good years in him. Even at his age, he would contribute a lot to Besiktas and could help us to the next level.
“Let’s not talk about it too much, though, at this stage,” he concluded.
The Turkish giants have long been interested in the World Cup winner, but it remains to be seen whether or not he is open to the idea of moving to Istanbul this summer.