Galliani Confirms Robinho Wants To leave

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Brazilian striker Robinho wants to leave the club and join Orlando City in the footsteps of Kaka. Milan recently released Brazilian superstar Kaka from his contract and it allowed the former Real Madrid midfielder to join newly formed MLS franchise, Orlando. The club will not be playing until the start of 2015. As a result, Kaka will be spending the next six months on loan at Brazilian club São Paulo where he started his career. Robinho has been long linked with a move away from Milan and it appears that it will materialise this summer.

The 31-year-old struggled for form throughout last campaign and he does not appear to be in the plans of new manager Filippo Inzaghi. Galliani confirmed that Robinho wants to leave the club. Allowing Kaka to leave Milan was easy since the player is thought to have inserted a clause when he returned to Milan last summer. However, Robinho is contracted to the club until 2016 and Milan will look for a transfer fee. He was signed from Manchester City for £ 18 million a few seasons ago.

Milan are not looking to let Robinho leave the club easily, as Gallaini confirmed that a deal is long way away from being concluded. “There are talks with Orlando for Robinho. He wants to go there. The league begins in January. Relations with ‘Binho’ are good, but we’re still far apart [in terms of a deal],” said the vice president. Milan are also linked with the sale of striker Mario Balotelli in order to raise funds for new purchases. Midfielder Michael Essien, who joined the club only last January, is also linked with an exit. He is valued around € 4 million. Balotelli is reportedly valued at more than £ 25 million.