Robinho to join Raul at Veltins-Arena?
FC Schalke 04 finished second in the Bundesliga last season, but clearly have loftier ambitions for next season. Having already signed all-time leading Spanish goalscorer Raul, they are now seeking to sign his former club colleague at Real Madrid Robinho.
Robinho joined Manchester City in the last moments of the transfer window of summer 2008 for a British record transfer fee, and was an immediate hit. He scored on his debut against Chelsea, who he was widely expected to join that summer, and went on to score 14 goals in the Barclays Premier League – finishing as fourth top scorer.
His second season did not go quite so smoothly. Out for three months due to injury, and seemingly unable to perform in away matches, he was farmed out on loan to Brazilian club Santos, where he joined fellow Seleção players Neymar and Ganso.
At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he played excellently. Robinho scored two goals and showed wonderful creativity as Brazil reached the quarter finals.
According to French sports newspaper L’Equipe, the skilful Brazilian will move to Die Königsblauen for a hefty fee of €25m, but that is still substantially less than the £32.5m that Manchester City paid for him on September 1st 2008.
Still, City are wealthy enough to take the hit, and given Robinho’s hit and miss form in his second season, they might be prepared to listen to offers.