Eastlands man, cheap at half the price…or maybe not?
Robinho has told Manchester City he wants to quit Eastlands.
The British record £32.5million signing delivered the message through his agent Evandro De Souza in talks with Blues officials yesterday.
City told De Souza they are prepared to sell the Samba star – if they get an acceptable offer.
The Blues won’t be pushed into off-loading Robinho, who is on loan at Santos, for a knockdown price and aim to recoup most of his fee. Despite Besiktas coach Bernd Schuster declaring his interest in Robinho, City have yet to receive an official bid.
Robinho dreams of joining Barcelona, but the Catalan giants have shown no interest in signing him permanently.
City hope Robinho can attract some suitors by shining with Brazil in South Africa.
Otherwise, the former Real Madrid star, who was the signature signing of Sheikh Mansour’s regime, will be expected back at Eastlands when his loan spell ends in August. (Daily Mirror)
For a player so clearly jam packed with talent there isn’t that much in the way of genuine top notch interest in Brazilian international Robinho. This may not surprise some who believe the former Real Madrid man is a disruptive influence who too often flatters to deceive, but surely a player of his ability will make a move to one of Europe’s elite, no?
At the moment the only solid interest is coming from Turkey which is traditionally where top players go to finish their careers and take in the sun. Robinho is still just 26 and surely has real ambition to succeed and is therefore praying for interest from the big boys.
City won’t take a cut price bid for a player they paid top whack for but at the same time they won’t want to have a player wasting away out on loan or sitting forlornly on the bench for too long. They would probably take around half of the £32.5m they paid for his services but even at that price there is very little in the way of real interest being shown.
The attacker would love a move to Barcelona but that deal will not happen. Other Premier League clubs may baulk at his astronomical wage demands and given the precarious state of football finances in England I don’t see teams taking the risk.
So where can he go? Italy perhaps is the most likely destination and the likes of Juventus and AC Milan are keen to reshape their sides this summer, so who knows maybe Robinho can resurrect a career that was so full of hope and promise.