As New York City FC today announced the signing of their second designated player, Frank Lampard, for the 2015 season, Orlando City SC continues the chase for what would be their second designated player, AC Milan’s Robinho.
Some of the latest reports, from ESPN Brasil, says that Robinho is seeking an annual salary around the $4.7 million he’s currently paid at AC Milan. Nobody wants to pay that, however. According to that report, Santos is willing to pay about $225,000 per month, which is far off of what the player is seeking. Santos is also hoping that Orlando would pick up some of his wages
Lancenet reports the latest words of Orlando City owner and president Flavio Augusto da Silva:
“We are in advanced talks [with Robinho], but there are still some necessary steps to do for the acquisition of Robinho. Milan kindly allowed Robinho to negotiate with other teams, but the agents of the players are taking care of this.” Da Silva said.
“For us it’s important that Robinho goes to Brazil for the next six months, as it happened with Kakà. I think that we can do something similar to what has been done with Sao Paulo for Kakà. But first Robinho has to terminate his contract with Milan, then sign with MLS and then he can join a Brazilian team on loan. These last three things can be done at the same time.”
Flavio is hoping that Robinho can terminate his contract with Milan so that Orlando won’t have to pay the transfer fee to get him, and rather sign him on a free fransfer, like they did with Kaka.
Orlando is not the only team going after the Brazilian’s services, but I think think that the chances of Orlando landing him are pretty good.
Da Silva thinks that a decision will come within the next 10 days.