With every day that goes by, it seems like Orlando City SC’s interest in AC Milan’s Robinho only gets stronger and stronger.
Milan announced last week that they were in talks with Orlando City about Robinho, confirming what many had already known, and just recently, it was Orlando City part-owner Flavio Augusto Da Silva talking about how much he would like to have the Brazilian midfielder suiting up for his team next season.
“Robinho wants to join us and we’re talking to Milan”. da Silva told reporters.
“We haven’t yet bought Robinho, but we are talking to Milan and in our view he’ll be a great reinforcement for our team.” he said to Brazilian radio station Radio Bandeirantes when speaking about the situation. He went on to sat that “he is a great player, he just turned 30, is very motivated and showed he wants to play for our club.”
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani gave an update on Saturday gave an update on talks. Via Sky Sports….
Galliani also said that Milan and Orlando City are some way off in their negotiations over another former Manchester City forward, Robinho.
“We are trying to arrange with him (Robinho) a similar path to Kaka, but we are still distant with Orlando City,” added Galliani. “Tomorrow morning (Monday), we will talk with him and his lawyer to find a solution.”
Since Robinho still has a year left on his contract, Milan, reportedly, won’t be looking to send him away on a free transfer, as was the case with Kaka, and according to some reports, his price has been set to around $4 million. Whether or not Orlando is looking to pay that fee is yet to be seen.
Club president Phil Rawlins talked to the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday and also talked to the paper about the Robinho rumors.
“Robinho has interest. He has expressed interest not only coming to the U.S., but coming to Orlando. He is a player of the quality and caliber we want to bring. He would fit well in the system. If a deal can be done, we’d look to do a deal for a player the quality of Robinho.”
Robinho isn’t as big as Kaka, but he would still be a big addition to Orlando City and Major League Soccer heading into the 2015 season. Not only that, but it would make Orlando a very popular team world wide with the eyes of million watching to see how Kaka and possibly Robinho play in MLS.