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Orlando Negotiating to Sign Robinho, Says AC Milan

Orlando City could soon have another Brazilian superstar to join Kaka in Central Florida. AC Milan is once again in the process of negotiating a transfer of a Brazilian to the MLS expansion team, this time the target is Robinho. The 30 year-old Brazilian striker wants to move to Florida and Major League Soccer according to multiple published reports.  AC Milan President CEO Adriano Galliani confirmed Robinho’s desire to join Orlando City saying the following at a press conference on Friday to introduce new Rossoneri signings Michael Agazzi, Jeremy Menez, Alex and Michelangelo Albertazzi:

“Robinho wants to go to the American MLS, The negotiations with Orlando have begun. They want Robinho, but we’re not close to concluding the deal. The relationship with Robinho remains excellent, though, and it is just one of the many negotiations that are ongoing.”

AC Milan worked with Orlando City to allow Kaka to leave the Italian club by mutual consent and sign in MLS. However, it appears Galliani is going to want a transfer fee of some sort from the Florida-based club in order to allow Robinho to leave.

Robinho is under contract with Milan until 2016. He has been in and out of the side during his previous four seasons with the club. After arriving from Manchester City in the summer of 2010, the Brazilian marksman helped lead AC Milan to its first Serie A title in seven years with an outstanding season. But just as Milan’s fortunes have since dropped, Robinho’s play has become more inconsistent and erratic. Nonetheless, the club seems unwilling to let him go as easily as Kaka was allowed to leave.

Much like Kaka, Robinho would be a Designated Player under Major League Soccer’s salary structure. With a large Brazilian ex-pat population in the state of Florida, as well as the brand name value both Kaka and Robinho bring, it seems Orlando City is going down a logical path with its initial big salary signings.

Orlando which currently boasts a team in the third level of American soccer will begin MLS play in March of 2015.

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  1. Justin

    July 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    MLS… the over 30 league.

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