Mark Hughes has eye on Angel Di Maria.
Robinho heading for the exit as Manchester City dream sours
Manchester City’s attempts to placate Robinho and keep the most expensive footballer in England happy have failed, with the Brazilian desperate to leave in the January transfer window. City are aware of his position and, despite strong denials on their mid-season training camp here in the United Arab Emirates, they have reluctantly accepted that the player whose £32.5m transfer was supposed to symbolise the club’s ambitions wants no further part in the revolution.
Fourteen months after breaking the English transfer record to join the club from Real Madrid, Robinho is now so unsettled he has informed his advisers he does not “want another day in Manchester”. Mark Hughes, the City manager, described the revelation last night as “people making mischief” but, behind the scenes, he has known for a long time that Robinho is disaffected and, grudgingly, the club have started the search for a possible replacement. Angel Di María of Benfica has been identified among the leading candidates and has a £27m buyout clause in his contract. (Guardian)
Depending on what newspaper or website you visit Man City may or may not be about to lose Brazilian international Robinho. Some reports will have you believe that he is set for Barcelona and others will state categorically that there is no way that the striker will be leaving Eastlands.
Personally it does seem fairly likely that he will leave the club, perhaps as early as January, and with that in mind there are many who believe that Angel Di Maria, Benfica’s impressive young Argentine international, is the man to replace the disaffected for Real Madrid man.
In many ways Di Maria may be a player of more use to Mark Hughes as he can play effectively out on either wing and lets face it the club doesn’t need yet another striker as they have four top notch finishers at the club as it is in the shape of Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Craig Bellamy.