Could the samba star be set for a La Liga return?
Robinho has left the door open for a possible move from Manchester City during the winter transfer window after admitting he is “happy” at interest shown by Barcelona and insisting that it is “not easy to say no” to the European champions.
Barcelona have been searching for a left-sided attacker since the end of last season’s treble-winning campaign and their coach, Pep Guardiola, continues to insist on the need for reinforcements after the summer window shut without the club signing anyone in that position. Robinho has emerged as the strongest candidate. Guardiola is an admirer of the Brazilian and Barcelona believe a deal can be struck.
Asked last night about Barcelona’s interest, Robinho, who is on international duty, said: “It’s not easy to say no to a club like Barcelona. They are European champions, they’re in a lovely city and I like Spain a lot. I have always wanted to play at clubs like Barcelona. It’s a great club, any player would be happy for them to show an interest. I’m happy that Barcelona have taken notice of me. Who wouldn’t like to play alongside Xavi, [Andrés] Iniesta, [Lionel] Messi, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and all the rest. I like Barcelona; they’re a great club.” Robinho has been left as the most accessible of Barcelona’s targets after they failed for a variety of reasons to sign David Silva, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry, Ashley Young or Valencia’s Juan Mata. (Guardian)
Well this is interesting and will simply add further fuel to the speculation that Man City could well decide to offload Robinho either for cold hard cash or as part of a swap deal. Some possible player exchanges include Thierry Henry (highly unlikely) and Leo Messi (just impossible).
Mark Hughes may feel that keeping the Brazilian at the club if he wants to leave would be a waste of time and given the club has a host of attacking options perhaps allowing his to leave for a large sum, reportedly in the region of £35m, may be a wise choice.
Robinho has had a mixed time of it at Eastlands where he started last season with a bang but has been a little rusty since.