Milan have today confirmed that Robinho, the man who Manchester City once broke the British transfer record to sign from Real Madrid, will be released from his San Siro contract on the 30th day of next month, a year before his deal was due to expire.
The announcement underscores the drastic decline of the 31-year-old’s career since he joined the Etihad outfit in 2008.
In fairness, the Brazilian’s first campaign in the Premier League yielded decent results, with 14 strikes registered in 31 top-tier fixtures, but the pickings have been much slimmer for poor, old Robinho from then…up until 2014.
When times got too hard with the Rossoneri, he was loaned back to boyhood club Santos for the season and his exploits back in the land of joga bonito have reaffirmed that, when he applies himself, the 31-year-old can still do the business.
His 12 goals across all competitions helped steer the Peixe – whom Robinho is expected to broker a permanent deal with following his severance from Serie A – to the Paulistao state championship last term, while he has one goal from one appearance in the 2015 Brasileirao earned a recall to Brazil’s squad for the Copa America.
But before re-signing at Santos, the 96-cap Selecao star might find himself with some Premier League suitors willing to take him for free.
The Reds are in dire need of alternatives to Daniel Sturridge up front and, while Robinho is best deployed out wide, he is capable of providing goals.
With the prospect of losing Raheem Sterling growing in reality by the day, Brendan Rodgers will have a space to fill on the flanks, but their finances are sure to be compromised after missing out on the Champions League.
Robson De Souza is a similar player to the England youngster, with an improved eye for goal compensating for his inferior work ethic.
Since Gareth Bale’s departure, Spurs have been trying to improve their wide options; this summer will be third in succession where they’ve attempted to address an obvious problem area.
Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez was heavily linked before he penned a new contract at St Mary’s, suggesting Mauricio Pochettino wants a forward who has prospered in the face of Premier League roughhousing.
They were willing to fork out north of £30m on Erik Lamela, who had none and has proved incapable of handling said rigours since, so signing Robinho for nothing must be contemplated.