Despite Mother's Kidnapping 20-Year Old Brazilian Robinho Closes in on Deal With Real Madrid

Reuters - Brazilian forward Robinho whose mother was kidnapped last weekend is close to agreeing a deal which will take him to Real Madrid at the end of the season according to the player's agents.

'Real Madrid want to reach an agreement to have a preferential option to buy Robinho next June' Juan Figger told Spanish sports daily Marca. 'An agreement is very close but we just have to finalise the last few details.'

Robinho is regarded as one of the finest prospects in Brazilian football after helping Santos to the domestic championship in 2002. He has won two caps for Brazil and is the leading scorer for his club this season with 21 goals.

The 20-year-old has been in the news over the course of the last week after his mother Marina de Souza was abducted by two armed men who invaded a barbeque at a house in the Santos neighbourhood of Praia Grande.

Wagner Ribeiro one of the two men acting for Robinho in the negotiations with Real said that the player was keen to leave Brazil so that he would not be exposed to similar threats in the future.

'He's having a very difficult time at the moment' said Ribeiro. 'It would affect anyone if their mother was kidnapped but he is especially close to her and it has hit him very hard. He has asked me to stay here (in Spain) to agree his move to Real Madrid before returning to Brazil.

'He wants to settle his professional future because he wants to live a normal quiet life and the only way to do that is to leave Brazil.'

Real Madrid already have one of the most powerful forward line-ups in world football with Ronaldo Raul Michael Owen and Fernando Morientes all vying for a starting place.