ROBINHO rejoices after his opening goal of the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal match against the Netherlands at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Europe)
Brazil World Cup forward ROBINHO (Robson de Souza) makes a regrettable return to the Eastlands in England as Manchester City seek a solution for the mess.
With the summer transfer window only open for roughly another month and the Premier League’s deadline for 25-man squad lists looming, the situation is currently at an impasse. Clubs are not keen to pay either a huge transfer fee nor the player’s premium wages. Robinho is at present the highest-paid player in British football with a contract worth 150,000 English pounds per week.
Manchester City, understandably, would like to recoup at least some — if not all — of what was a massive investment in the now 26-year-old attacker.
Robinho reset the British transfer record when the Blues sent Spanish giant CF Real Madrid 42.5 million Euros (32.4 million English pounds) on the first of September, 2008.
Things went well enough for the Brazilian in his first season of English football. Robinho scored 14 goals on 31 appearances (30 starts) for Manchester City in the Premiership, good for fourth-highest total in the league that year. The forward also added another goal to go with four assists in ten UEFA Cup contests for the Blues.
But it all came undone rather quickly.
Injuries accounted for roughly three months of the first half of the new season, a lack of form saw to the rest. After no goals in ten Premier League games and but a single strike from a dozen appearances in all competitions, Robinho was sent out on six-month loan to FC Santos of Brazil at the end of January — largely to help the player get regular games ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Robinho wanted to remain at FC Santos in his native land, but that is impossible as the Brazilian club cannot even begin to shell out for the hefty wages of the World Cup striker.