The former Brazil international,Robinho was reportedly offered to the English Premier League Champions Leicester City in the final days of the transfer window in January, but the football club was not encouraged due to the forward’s high wage demand.
He became a free agent after having his contract with Chinese champions, Guangzhou Evergrande finished. The 32-year old forward is said to be keen on a return to the Premier League where he left in 2010. The Daily Mail reported that both the Swansea City and Leicester City were contacted if a deal could be sealed on the striker.
Swansea City who were struggling not to be relegated last season were unlikely to significantly increase their wage bill in case they ended up in the Championship while The Foxes, while riding high in the table with narrow winnings, were not ready to tamper with their wage structure as manager Claudio Ranieri remains grounded amid the possibility of getting the English Premier League which they ultimately did even before the last match of the league.
The Fox, rather, went for Daniel Amartey and Demarai Gray from FC Copenhagen and Birmingham respectively in a combined £8m outlay, with ZoumanaBakayogo, AlieSesay and Harry Panayiotou, NgoloKante, Andrej Kramaric and Tom Lawrence all offloaded to different clubs.
Ex-Real Madrid sensation, Robson de Souza popularly called Robinho could not inspire his team, Atletico Moneiro, as they lost to fellow Copa Libertadores squad, Independiente del Valle.
The talented Brazilian veteran played as a left winger in the match, as he usually switched between left winger and supporting striker position for the Brazilian outfit. The forward who has not scored any goal his season for his club side was warned with a yellow card in the match before being substituted after the break in the 66th minute.
Of five matches, Atletico Moneiro have played this season, Robinho has only played in three; he was not in the squad in the other two matches in the Copa Libertadores but he played in the FIFA Club World Cup late last year. In the tournament, of three games, the very talented player, played a match, sat through the one against UEFA Champions, Barcelona but wasn’t in the squad in the final game against Sanfrecce where they lost 2-1.
Last month, Barcelona star, Neymar Jr. told Goal that his greatest football idol remained Brazil World Cup winner Robinho.
“I started playing football in a school back in Sao Vincente when I was five years old, going towards six. Those were my first steps, among those kids, and then I kept going.” The striker started.
“But when I started following Santos, Robinho was my favorite player. He is my greatest idol. Today, I have a lot of them, after learning more about football, but back then I was a huge fan of Robinho’s,” Neymar added.
AC Milan forward Robinho has said that he considers Carlos Tevez to be a great striker and someone who will be of a valuable addition to the squad. However, he does not believe that the arrival of Carlos Tevez should mean the departure of Alexandre Pato.
It has been mentioned in some quarters that AC Milan will be willing to discuss a deal with PSG over the sale of Alexandre Pato, who has suffered a number of injury problems during his time with the Italian club. The recent takeover by Carlo Ancelotti at PSG has meant that the French club are now the favourites to sign the forward, who could cost around £25 million.
However, Robinho has said that AC Milan should not be selling Alexandre Pato just because he is injury prone at the moment. He believes that with the addition of Carlos Tevez to the current squad, AC Milan will be able to compete not only on the domestic front, but also on the European front as well. AC Milan have not been in the Champions League final since the last time they won it in 2007. Robinho says that even though the quality of the Argentine striker cannot be doubted, the presence of Alexandre Pato would add some valuable strength to the side.
“I’ve played with Tevez at City. I can guarantee that he is a great player. I would advise Pato to stay here at Milan. I think that he could win the Ballon d’Or one day,” Robinho told Il Corriere dello Sport. The striker also said that he is looking to improve his finishing skills to become the best player in the world. According to him, he can become a great player with 20 to 25 goals per season and the Champions League medal.
After finally winning the Italian Serie A title after such a long time, it seems that AC Milan are not looking to relinquish their position as the Champions any time soon. Their Brazilian forward Robinho has come out with the statement of that AC Milan are keen to reclaim the title for the second season in a row. Whilst at the moment, it looks like it will be extremely hard to achieve this season (given that the likes of Juventus and Udinese seem far more powerful than they have been in the last few seasons), Milan can dream.
Robinho feels confident about retaining the title, mainly because of the strike duo of Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have been scoring a lot of goals. Along with the return of Alexandre Pato from injury, their goals should help AC Milan in the quest for the second consecutive title.
Robinho also said that he is very much looking forward to the next game against Fiorentina, which is going to be very important, as it will help them close the gap on Juventus further. Juventus will not be playing this weekend and even though they will be having the extra game advantage, the mental advantage that the team can get by getting all three points against Fiorentina will be a great one.
Robinho said, “It is our aim to win as many matches as possible, so we return to the top of the table. We are in a good position now, but want to be the best. We are playing well at the moment, and hopefully this will continue! It will be difficult against the Viola – it’s never easy playing away from home, but we are always looking to win.”
AC Milan have not been that convincing away from home, but Robinho says that they can win against Fiorentina. We shall see…