Jul 6, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT
With AC Milan desperately looking to offload Robinho, Santos has long been a suitor to bring the Brazilian striker back to his home country.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t been that easy.
What’s been a drawn-out saga now may have a light at the end of the tunnel, with Milan having reportedly dropped their asking price to meet something Santos is willing to offer.
In addition, Italian media outfit Calciomercato are reporting that Robinho has agreed to take a pay cut, making the move that much easier to finish up.
Both teams realize the clock is ticking, as the Brazilian transfer window closes in 9 days on July 15. That works in Santos’s favor, as Milan have already stated they will not purchase any strikers until Robinho is offloaded, and with a seriously interested party found, the Rossoneri would rue letting that slip away.
Things still aren’t definite though, with Santos president Odilio Rodrigues claiming they’re still mulling over the move. Calciomercato quoted him as saying, “The operation is still very difficult. We are reviewing the amount of money offered.”
The move would suit both parties. AC Milan have been looking to offload Robinho’s salary for a while now. The 29-year-old was a hit in his first season in Serie A three years ago, scoring 14 goals in 34 league appearances. Since, however, he’s been moved back to a secondary striker role – a shift that’s been nothing but a disappointment as he’s netted just 8 times in 41 matches.
Santos are doing their best to replace fellow Brazilian Neymar, who moved to Barcelona this summer.
Robinho was, according to his father, not happy that Santos had claimed he player wanted €100,000 ($128,000) per week. “Robinho was very irritated to hear Santos talk about certain wage demands that he had never made” said Gilvan de Souza. “I don’t know where that money was meant to go, but not to Robinho or Milan.”
Robinho’s father has often represented his son, along with their lawyer Marisa Ramos. Ramos stated Robinho “will accept the fact he’ll be earning much less in order to come back to Santos.” De Souza a few days ago chided famed agent Mino Raiola for attempting to get his feet wet in the deal, saying “I saw Mino Raiola only once and we are not friends. The only people who deal with Robinho’s affairs are me and our lawyer Marisa Ramos.”
Hopefully for both clubs’ sake this deal gets done, and with the deadline fast approaching, any potential official deal will have to be completed quick.
Jun 29, 2015, 11:25 PM EDT
A huge blow for Mexico as an injury will keep Mexico’s best defender off their Gold Cup squad.
Jun 29, 2015, 10:26 PM EDT
Ronaldinho is on the move again, and (thankfully) he’s not coming to MLS.
Jun 29, 2015, 9:23 PM EDT
Chile will play for their first Copa America title on Saturday. A chance to make history at home.
Jun 29, 2015, 8:31 PM EDT
Guus Hiddink is out as Dutch national team manager after less than a year in charge. Who do they turn to now, ahead of EURO 2016?
Jun 29, 2015, 7:04 PM EDT
It’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the world, but it’s only a semifinal.
Jun 29, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT
By the end of tonight, either Chile or Peru will have booked their place in the final.
Jun 29, 2015, 5:10 PM EDT
A goal and an assist — finally a dominant performance — in the weekend’s biggest rivalry game earns Darlington Nagbe POTW honors.
Jun 29, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT
“Rivalry Week” is in the books, and a number of derby day conquerors find themselves on the last MLS Team of the Week.
Jun 29, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
Rog talks with the USWNT’s Meghan Klingenberg about the team’s lockdown defense, her karate training, and living with Jeff Van Gundy’s family.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fifth round preview: Cosmos look to do MLS’ N.Y. double, Charlotte hits Chicago
Jun 29, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT
Here’s what’s on tap for Tuesday and Wednesday as the USSF tournament stays regional.
Jun 29, 2015, 2:23 PM EDT
Toronto FC and L.A. will kick off at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Galaxy have won two of their last three matches.
Jun 29, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT
You think gossip’s going to take a Monday off? Pssh, please.
Jun 29, 2015, 12:52 PM EDT
Guangzhou Evergrande have added a big name to their title charge in the Chinese Super League.
Jun 29, 2015, 11:39 AM EDT
Many if not all neutral fans expect Argentina and Chile to make it through their Copa America semifinals en route to a border battle final.
Jun 29, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT
That picture is weird, but we’ll get used to it once the Premier League season begins in August.
Jun 29, 2015, 10:06 AM EDT
Less talking, more ranking. Feel free to debate in the comments section.
Jun 29, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT
FIFA’s weather-related move of the 2022 World Cup from to November-December has its first legal challenge.
Jun 29, 2015, 7:57 AM EDT
Could women’s football in England be en route to a Brandi Chastain moment of their own?
Jun 28, 2015, 11:37 PM EDT
Some vacationing footballers enjoying a bit of head-tennis
Jun 28, 2015, 9:54 PM EDT
Final: Timbers 4-1 Sounders
- Chile 2-1 Peru: Vargas’ wondergoal puts the hosts through to Copa America final (video) 0
- Men in Blazers podcast special: USWNT’s Klingenberg talks defense, Germany, karate 1
- It’s official: Petr Cech has swapped London clubs, Chelsea to Arsenal 4
- Spanish football league becomes first to take legal action over Qatar World Cup dates 3
- England’s case of World Cup fever just what the doctor ordered for women’s soccer in Britain 3
- Agent confirms Carlos Bacca has reached agreement with AC Milan 0