Tuesday, 31 August 2010

[Mercato] Robinho joins Milan

AC Milan have signed Brazil forward Robinho on a permanent basis from Manchester City.

The Brazil international was initially thought to have been heading to the San Siro on loan, but he has now agreed a four-year contract with the Serie A giants.

Robinho will now link up with fellow new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and international team-mates Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato in a star-studded strike force.

The 26-year-old moved to Manchester City exactly two years ago on transfer deadline day in an astonishing £32.5million deal from Real Madrid.

But despite the move being seen as a statement of intent from the Premier League outfit on the same day they were taken over by the mega-rich Sheikh Mansour, he failed to settle.

A decent first season was followed by criticisms over his commitment and Robinho was sent out to Santos in January for the remainder of the season.

With plenty of competition in Roberto Mancini's squad, Robinho was not a guaranteed starter and has now moved on for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £22million.

A statement from AC Milan read: "AC Milan announces it has acquired player Robinho on a permanent deal from Manchester City.

"The Brazilian player has signed a four-year contract with the Rossoneri club."

Earlier in the day, Robinho expressed his satisfaction about joining the Rossoneri.

"I am very happy," he said. "Milan is an excellent club."

Source: Sky Sports

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