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Report: Robinho in discussions to leave AC Milan with sights on Orlando

May 21, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT

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A report in La Gazzetta dello Sport says that lawyers for Robinho are currently in talks with AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani to mutually void the rest of his contract.

Robinho’s goal, according to the report, is to team up with AC Milan teammate and fellow Brazilian Kaka who has been in negotiations with expansion club Orlando City FC, which will join Major League Soccer in 2015.

Kaka will not leave AC Milan until that time, but apparently Robinho is keen on making it to the United States sooner.  It’s unclear whether he will try to sign with a club for the rest of the 2014 MLS season or if he will jump on board with Orlando City right away, taking an extended break before the 2015 season.

According to the report, Robinho is looking to “finish his career” in the United States.

However, the report also suggests that Robinho to Major League Soccer is not necessarily a sure thing, as Brazilian club Flamengo is also making a play for his signature.

The split makes sense for both parties, as AC Milan finished this season outside of European qualification, and will look to cut dead weight and make plenty of changes, and at 30 years old it would make sense for the club to find a replacement for Robinho.

The forward will not be going to Brazil this summer with the national team, as he and Kaka were both left off the roster by manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, so the pair will have time to make headway on negotiations during the time off.

  1. johnah - May 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Orlando City is the perfect place for this pair and all the Brazilians that already travel to Orlando will return home with lovely purple souvenirs and hopefully a ticket stub. This would be amazing for our young club as we look to explode into MLS.

  2. suckittrebek76 - May 21, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I think it is time to abandon the designated player B.S. in MLS. I keep hearing about aging stars in Europe wanting to finish their career in MLS. Why don’t we make it easier for them and the clubs who are willing to spend and just let teams start paying these guys what they are worth. Who cares if the league will become top heavy. I think it will help the league if super teams are created (i.e. NYC, LA, Toronto?) by overspending for these guys. Plus, if we open the door a little more and give teams more leeway to sign stars, then maybe the players in their prime will be willing to come to the U.S. The better players on just a few teams will enhance the league overall. Just my opinion..

    • beagle11 - May 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      You are basically describing every single great league in Europe that everyone loves.. And you’re getting thumbs downs??

      • mvktr2 - May 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        MLS’s vision is to grow into a global brand as a league, not just 2 or 3 teams in the league. That’s a vision grander than any european league which will take decades to achieve. It’s a noble goal and perhaps the grandest idea world football has encountered in the past 50 years. To be sure removing all monetary restrictions is the easy road to world football success and would yield a few semi-super clubs in the U.S. However MLS’s vision is far more grand than anything a few rich owners can deliver.

        Imagine MLS in 20 years with some form of salary cap/luxury tax system maintaining competitive balance but with the spending having reached say an average of 45 mil per team with the ‘cheapest’ team having a wage bill of 30 mil and the most luxurious team having a wage bill of 60 mil. Oh sure uefa champions league is the best club soccer competition on earth and is often more thrilling than the world cup but that doesn’t mean their home leagues are entertaining.

    • ascriptlikethis - May 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      I understand that the climate is different now regarding soccer, but this is exactly what doomed NASL, which is why there are so many thumbs downs. Europe is moving further toward the US soccer model by instituting Financial Fair Play exactly because overspending is causing financial crises at clubs and fiscal irresponsibility became rampant. They are putting the brakes on for a reason…and have even mentioned things like salary caps. We want the league to be sustainable long term. The league will get there, but it’s making great strides as it stands, and has a clear path and vision moving forward, but by all means you are welcome to scrap all that success, and possibly crack that foundation because you believe the league would be better with super teams and that “maybe the players in their prime will be willing to come to the U.S.” I realize that this is also just my opinion, but it’s based on looking at the landscape of soccer and the history of the sport, here and abroad.

    • mph122175 - May 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Toronto? You must be Candian…

  3. wwsiralexd - May 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Oh nooooooooooooooo.

  4. hippiedippyweatherman - May 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Geez, Orlando City may get both of these guys? If they do, they could be a scary team come 2015. That would be incredible.

  5. martysbetter - May 21, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Wow! Whodathunk? Two of the poster boys for Brazil in 07 playing stateside?

    Pretty awesome, Robinho never really panned out like people thought he would but he’s still a joy to watch play.

  6. mvktr2 - May 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    For the ‘do away with the cap now’ crowd I offer a competing vision.

    Currently the MLS salary cap is 3.1 mil. It’s safe to assume the new CBA will address the cap in a meaningful way relative to it’s current meager amount. We’ll assume the cap is raised by 500,000 for 3 years bringing the number to 4.6 mil and for simplicity sake we’ll say the new CBA runs the course of the new TV contracts, 10 years. After the 3 year boost the growth rate slows to 400K per year. At the end of 10 years that would put the cap at a reasonable, for the amount of media rights income each club and the league will be receiving, $7,400,000. Presumable the next media rights deal will be of the game changing several hundred million dollar variety.

    Now on top of these fairly modest changes which aren’t insignificant when considering MLS wage scales add a radical shift to the MLS DP policy. Maintain the 3 (unlimited) DP system, unlimited referencing there is no limit to how much a DP can be paid. On top of the current DP slots add 3-4 Limited DP slots which would be used for players making above the DP threshold but less than 1-1.5 million dollars. Limited DPs would count similarly toward the salary cap as DPs only at a reduced rate say 70% of the current $387,500 hit an Unlimited DP counts as putting the number at $271,250. Translation an MLS ‘big spender’ could account for almost $2,000,000 to 2,270,000 of the salary cap for teams using the full 6 or 7 DP slots.

    In review this would allow for 3 Unlimited DP slots & 3-4 Limited DP slots meaning in theory a single MLS team could sign a 31 yr old Ronoldo, a 30 yr old Van Persia, and X big time european player in their prime to be paired with 3-4 Federico Higuain, Valerie, Gonzalez types which would account for roughly 2.27 million dollars of an approximate 6 million dollar salary cap. Thus allowing for the remaining 23 roster spots to a mean of roughly $162,000 vs the 2013 non-DP mean of $102,662. I would say my vision falls a little short of pushing up non-DP salaries to help attract a better baseline player but overall is sustainable, represents competitive balance, and creates real opportunities for MLS clubs to form a core of 7 world class to very good soccer players along with a team of varying role and prospect players surrounding them. Currently the highest wage bills in MLS are in the 14-18 mil per year range. This vision could push that up toward 25 or even 30 mil for ambitious clubs while more conservative models would remain competitive at 10 million annually.

    An example of what this might look like could be seen with LA or TFC as follows.
    LA would currently have 2 unlimited DPs in Keane & Donovan and 1 limited DP in Gonzo. Under such a restructured salary cap and DP structure they could add Ibrahimovic post WC2014 along with 3 additional Federico Higuain, Maurice Edu, and Mauro Diazs! That would be entertainment and an attacking spine that could play with most club teams in the world.
    At TFC it would be much the same, imagine Bradley, Defoe, and a signing of Frank Ribery post WC2014 while they were able to retain Laba and add Higuain/Diaz/Gonzalez type talent. No it won’t produce super clubs but it would be sustainable, competitive, and set the table for MLS to make massive jumps in 10 years if the media rights deal is the true game changer it’s predicted to be.

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