Brazilian international Robinho seems set to leave fallen Italian giants AC Milan for a move back to his homeland.
Ben Gladwell of ESPN FC reports that Santos wish to take the former Manchester City and Real Madrid player. Robinho's representative, Marisa Alija Ramos, confirmed the deal was close and said the following to Lance!Net (per Gladwell): "Negotiations are at an advanced stage and they've accelerated in recent hours with only small details now to be defined. Now the chances of him returning to Santos are very high indeed."
Santos president Odilo Rodrigues was also confident that a deal will be struck. He said this, per Gladwell: "We're all very optimistic about the possibility of being able to announce Robinho's arrival in the coming hours."
The Mirror's Jack Lang tweeted about Robinho's probable exit from European club football, suggesting that the transfer will be a loan deal:
Robinho set for a third stint at Santos after agreeing terms on a one-year loan deal from Milan. Likely to be unveiled on Thursday.— Jack Lang (@snap_kaka_pop) August 6, 2014
Robinho started his career at Santos in 2002 and was loaned back by Manchester City to the Brazilian giants for a second spell in 2010.
The player's stock has fallen considerably over the years from when the 30-year-old was considered one of the great talents in world football.
Robinho wore the No. 7 shirt for Milan last season as the Italian giants suffered a horrendous Serie A campaign.
He played 23 times for the San Siro team in 2013-14 but only managed to find the net on three occasions, per WhoScored.com.
Football writer David Amoyal tweeted about the current feeling in Milan about Robinho's release:
The fact that Milanisti call today a great one because Robinho & Constant are leaving says it all about state of the club— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) August 6, 2014
Robinho has failed to live up to the hype of his early career when he attained superstar status as a Galactico in Madrid. Back then, Robinho was a regular scorer and a potent force in the final third.
Has Robinho been a failure in his career?
However, his move to Manchester City seemed a rushed decision by the player after falling out with his paymasters at Los Blancos. He never showed the form he was capable of in the Premier League and was soon discarded by City as they built for success.
Robinho will not be remembered this side of the Atlantic as fondly as he should have been in club football, but his application did not match his talent later in his career.