British record signing Robinbo cuts ties with Manchester City after joining AC Milan on four-year deal

August 31st, 2010


Thank you and goodbye: Robinho at City's Carrington training ground earlier this month

Robinho has left Manchester City to sign for AC Milan on a permanent basis.

The Brazilian was expected to join the Italian giants on an initial loan deal but Milan agreed a long-term switch, with the forward signing a four-year deal.

It was the biggest move on a hectic final day of the transfer window.

Robinho arrived at City in 2008 as the British record signing in a £32.5million move from Real Madrid, but he failed to settle or show his obvious talents in the Barclays Premier League.

Initial reports suggest City could eventually receive up to £22m from Milan, with add-ons, while Robinho may have halved his £160,000 a week Eastlands wages by moving to Italy.

Milan had been expected to sign only Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Robinho, but the fact that the former joined from Barcelona on loan without a fee up front left cash for another swoop.

Hero's welcome: Ibrahimovic was presented at the San Siro on Saturday

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was off-loaded to Schalke in a £10.5m deal today, while Marco Borriello has headed on loan to Roma with the option of a future £8.3m deal. The Italy striker had earlier been linked with Liverpool and was in talks with Juventus.

Robinho turned down a move to Turkey earlier this month and told City he was only interested in moving to Italy or Spain.

A bid from Barcelona failed to materialise but he could not conceal his delight when turning up for his medical in Milan today.

”I hope to meet my new team-mates and become champions with them,’ he said. ‘I am really happy to be here. Milan are a fantastic club. I hope to show that our attack is the strongest in Europe.

‘I haven’t spoken to Pato or Ronaldinho yet, but I hope the negotiation ends well and I can’t wait to meet them. To the fans I say that I am very happy.’

More to follow…

Source:daily mail

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