Former Manchester City star set for reunion with old club Santos.
Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has revealed that talks with AC Milan star Robinho over a return to the club this summer are progressing well.
The 29-year-old is expected to leave San Siro this month, but with the Brazilian transfer window closing on July 15, both clubs are looking to push the move through.
Initial speculation had suggested that the switch would not be possible given Milan’s valuation of the player, as well as Robinho’s salary demands.
However, Milan chief Adriano Galliani reduced the Brazilian international’s price-tag from €10m to €8.5m in order to help proceedings, but Santos are still waiting on the player to lower his expectations.
Robinho is hoping for a return to his homeland ahead of the World Cup next summer, and given his lack of playing time in Serie A, it is expected that he will accommodate Santos’ needs in order to help clinch the deal.
“He is much closer (to joining Santos) now than he was some days ago,” he told ESPN Brasil as reported by Sky Sports.
“I hope he reduces his demands. We know he is an important asset at Milan, and (we) have the expectation that he will reduce (his demands) so that the whole operation becomes feasible.”
Sky Sports also report that Santos are likely offer Robinho a three-year deal and pay around €6m to sign him, although that is still some-way off Milan’s valuation.
It remains to be seen whether or not a deal can be struck before the deadline, but it is imperative for Milan that they do see the Brazilian depart as they would then be free to delve into the market to bring in a replacement with both Keisuke Honda and Adem Ljajic linked with a move to San Siro.