ORLANDO’S PRESIDENT Flavio Augusto seems confident that they’ll be able to land Robinho, in a Kaka-type deal.
Orlando City Soccer Club signed Kaka after his Milan contract was terminated last month but he will spend the next few months on loan at Sao Paulo, until the start of the MLS season; it’s believed that Orlando are paying some of his wages.
The new American team, whose President is the Brazilian Flavio Augusto da Silva, wants to get Robinho from Milan as well and they’ve been in talks with the Rossoneri over the past few weeks. da Silva believes that a deal can be reached soon.
“The player will have to be signed in the same manner as Kaka, I believe that situation can be resolved in ten days,” the President of Orlando told Radio Globo today. “If it were up to Robinho he’d play for Santos until the end of the year. In my opinion the player’s will always matters, but there’re also some financial considerations & there are other clubs interested.”
Santos Vice President Odílio Rodrigues addressed the Robinho issue, admitting today that they don’t have the financial strength to take the 30-year-old striker on loan: “Robinho has spent his vacation in the city of Sao Paulo. He was noticed by the fans and he has a wonderful story with Santos and he’s an idol here. But there is no chance for his return to the club. The difficulty is that he has a salary that is outside the reality of Brazilian football. Robinho’s salary (€2.5m net) is out of reach.”
Flamengo and Atletico Mineiro are also said to be interested in signing the player. Tuttomercatoweb is reporting that Tigers want to sign Robinho on loan too but his heart is set on returning to Brazil before going to Orlando. His agent, Marisa Ramos, who had two meetings with Adriano Galliani yesterday, admitted that Robinho could join a club that isn’t Santos.
Once (or if) Milan manage to offload Robinho, they’ll most likely turn their intentions to Alessio Cerci of Torino. Filippo Inzaghi reportedly wants a right winger and a left back (some say he also wants a central midfielder for depth and quality) and Cerci, as reported by Sky Italia several times this week, is the number one target. The goal for the left back role is Domenico Criscito but according to his agent, Andrea D’Amico, who’s been in talks with Milan, Zenit don’t want to sell.
“Criscito is definitely staying in Russia,” agent D’Amico told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “Villas-Boas knows him very well, both from the technical and human points of view, and has no intention to deprive himself of the player, but rather to make him one of the cornerstones of the new team. Zenit aren’t in dire need of money. They sell players only when they are no longer useful to the technical project.” Criscito has made it very clear he wants out, but Zenit are unlikely to respect his wish.
Just like with Kaka, saying goodbye to Robinho would allow Milan to save a lot of money. Adriano Galliani has stayed in Italy and like the Brazilian attacker will not take part in the US Tour and will instead work on the market, perhaps on Criscito too.