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AC Milan Striker Robinho Sees Move to Santos Hit Stumbling Block

AC Milan holding out for bigger transfer fee for San Siro star.

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AC Milan forward Robinho’s transfer back to Brazil has hit a stumbling block with Santos refusing to meet the 10 million Euros valuation for the talented striker, according to Football Italia.

Having already sold fellow Brazilian international Alexandre Pato to Corinthians at the start of the January transfer window, AC Milan are expected to allow Robinho to leave the San Siro with the Brazilian wanting to return home to boost his chance of playing in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Robinho has been at AC Milan since 2010 after joining from Manchester City. He was previously at Real Madrid and has also had two spells at Santos, the first when breaking into the team as a 15-year-old and the second on loan for half-a-season from Manchester City when he fell out of favour at the Etihad Stadium.

Santos want to pay just 7 million Euros to re-sign 28-year-old Robinho, who helped the club lift the Brazilian championship in 2002 and 2004, and are holding out for the cheaper transfer fee – or less financial demands from the player himself.

“The transfer fee and wage demands are really very high,” Santos President Muricy Ramalho told Globoesporte. “Robinho wants to return and that helps us a little. Considering this desire exists, we hold on to our optimism. Negotiations have not collapsed completely, but they are very complicated. If he wants to join Santos, he has to give something up.”

Santos, however, have competition for Robinho’s signature with Flamengo, Fluminense and Atletico Mineiro all interested in him.

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