Manchester City outcast Robinho set to complete loan switch to AC Milan

August 31st, 2010

Italian job: Robinho emerges from his medical at a clinic in Gallarate

Robinho has arrived in Italy and is expected to complete a move from Manchester City to AC Milan.

The Brazilian landed at Malpensa airport at lunchtime, travelling in a private jet laid on by Silvio Berlusconi’s Fininvest company.

The 26-year-old headed for a medical in Gallante and told waiting reporters: ‘I hope to meet my new team-mates and become champions with them. 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.’

The Serie A giants are confident of tying up a deal that would see the Brazilian join on a season-long loan, with the option to complete a permanent move next summer.

It seems that England has seen the last of the sublimely talented forward, who failed to show his quality in the Premier League after becoming a British record £32.5million signing from Real Madrid two years ago.

Reports in Italy suggest he will have to halve his £160,000 a week wages to secure an exit from Eastlands.

There is still some work to do before the clubs agree the details, but it is claimed he could eventually end up a permanent fixture at Milan for a fee of just £15m – rising to £16.5m with add-ons – on a four-year deal.

City were thought to want more than £20m and Milan’s bid would be less than offers from Turkey, but Robinho made it clear he would only leave for Italy and Spain.

Barcelona insiders had mooted a possible move yesterday, but Nou Camp boss Pep Guardiola is understood to have refused to sanction a move for a player who has been more miss than hit in the last few years.

Italian super agent Mino Raiola, who also took Mario Balotelli to Eastlands from Inter, has been involved in the talks along with Robinho’s lawyer Rafaela Pimenta.

Key to Robinho’s move is that AC Milan striker Marco Borriello leaves. An offer for Juve to take him on loan has been accepted, but the 28-year-old has thrown a spanner in the works by insisting he wants a permanent move.

Roma have moved in to rival Juve, but time is running out to reach a resolution, meaning Milan may have to decide whether they really dare walk away from the Robinho deal when everything seems in place.

AC Milan president Berlusconi also confirmed that despite Robinho’s arrival, his Brazilian team-mate Ronaldinho would ‘always be a part of the side’.

The club have already signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on loan from AC Milan and won their opening game of the Serie A season 4-0 against Lecce on Saturday.
Source:Daily mail

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