AC Milan have had a season that could best be described as frustrating. Defensively woeful, lifeless in midfield and lacking venom in attack, they sit outside the European spots in the Serie A and struggled to get through a weak group in the Champions League.
In a bid to clean up this mess they looked to revamp the attack by getting rid of the injury prone Pato, which they successfully completed, and his Brazilian compatriot Robinho. Reports suggested that Robinho was set to return to his former club Santos, but things were bound to be a lot more complicated than the Pato transfer.
Talks have been dragging along over the past week or so, but Santos and fellow Brazilians Atletico Mineiro haven’t been able to match Milan’s €10m valuation. Santos’ president also stated that Robinho’s wage demands would be far too much for the club and ruled out a reunion.
With interest in Robinho shown only by a couple of Brazilian clubs, a move to anywhere else in Europe is most unlikely. Now that Santos, the forerunners in signing Robinho, have backed out, the Brazilian is probably going to have to stay put at the San Siro for six more months.
Robinho has made just six starts this season, absent mostly due to injury. But the departure of Pato and the resulting arrival of a replacement might force Robinho to a position on the bench for the rest of the season. The future seems fairly bleak for the 28-year-old forward.
Another Milan player who has recently been in the news is Ignazio Abate. The Italian right back is on Zenit St. Petersburg’s radar at the moment and the club is rumoured to have made a €10m offer for Abate.
With Italian compatriot Domenico Criscito and former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti at Zenit, Abate might not be too apprehensive to a move to St. Petersburg.