Brazilians rule out permanent switch.
The vice-president of Brazilian side Santos has ruled out a permanent move for AC Milan forward Robinho because the club just cannot afford him, Sky Sports reports.
The 29-year-old began his career with the club where he spent four seasons between 2002-05 that saw him bag 61 goals in 141 appearances before leaving to join Real Madrid.
He returned for a brief loan spell in 2011 when he was on the outs at Manchester City and he turned out 23 times, scoring 11 goals before heading to Italy to join Milan.
Robinho has been extensively linked with a return to his homeland, but his former club have ruled out making a move for him after vice-president Odilio Rodrigues claimed that he is just too expensive.
“The values demanded by the Milan representative that talked with us are too high, both regarding the transfer fee and Robinho’s salary,” Rodrigues told Gazeta.
Reports in Brazil had suggested that Santos would try to throw in a player into the deal to temp Milan to drop their asking price, but Rodrigues ruled out that possibility by adding: “Milan have no interest for any Santos player.”
The player managed just 27 appearances for the Rossoneri last season, notching two goals.