Former Manchester City star set for a return to his homeland.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed that the club are closing in on an agreement with Santos over the transfer of Robinho.
The 29-year-old is expected to re-join his former club this summer, but time is running out for an agreement to be reached as the Brazilian transfer window closes on July 15.
As a result, Milan have already been forced to reduce Robinho’s valuation from €10m to around €8.5m in order to push through the move, which would then allow them to make movements in the transfer window.
The Brazilian international is said to be keen on a return to his boyhood club, particularly as it will be a World Cup year next season and he is desperate to work his way into Luiz Felipe Scolari’s plans.
Galliani appeared more optimistic about the situation on Saturday night, and it would appear it is only a matter of time before they offload one of their highest earners.
“Robinho wants to go to back Santos, a club he considers his home, and we’ll see if we can reach an agreement. Negotiations are continuing, we are closer, but not quite there yet. If Robinho leaves, we’ll sign another secondary striker,” he told reporters as quoted by football-italia.net.
That search for a secondary striker is expected to take the Rossoneri towards Fiorentina star Adem Ljajic, who will begin contract negotiations with the club on Monday.
The Serbian international is out of contract next summer, and Milan are ready to swoop should talks fail over a new deal. He is seen as the ideal replacement for Robinho, as he is still only 21-years-old and can play in a position that Massimiliano Allegri will be looking to reintroduce next season.
“He could become our objective, but at the moment he is a player under contract with Fiorentina,” Galliani added.
Keisuke Honda has also been linked with a move to San Siro this summer, but Milan’s transfer activity will all depend on Robinho sealing his move to Santos.