Purchase of AC Milan’s Robinho down to transfer fee, says Santos vice-president

Frank Lopapa Date:16th December 2012 at 8:02pm
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Brazilian outfit Santos are determined to bring AC Milan forward Robinho back to Brazil and the only hurdle left is agreeing on a transfer fee with the Rossoneri, according to Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues.

Dr Rodrigues has said that the club are doing everything possible to bring back the player that lead them to the 2003 Copa Libertadores final as they hope to accomplish this during the winter transfer window.

“Santos wants Robinho, the supporters want him, the local press, the coaches, the directors, we haven’t found anyone that has said anything different,” Rodrigues said to calciomercato.com. “And we know that Robinho loves Santos.”

Milan have set a price of €10.5 million for the 28-year-old, however, Santos are hoping to get the player at a lower fee. When asked about using the funds from the transfer of Ganso to Sao Paulo, Rodrigues stated that his club must consider other costs as well.

“We will do everything possible to have him, but I can’t talk about numbers. However at that figure we can’t even get a seat at the negotiation table.

“Santos must not only pay for Robinho, it must cope with many other commitments, we are working with a budget that must consider all costs and all of our investments.”

Dr Rodrigues still has faith that negotiations will conclude successfully despite the disagreement over the transfer fee with his Milan counterpart Adriano Galliani.

“Galliani is a director of the highest profile,” he said. “He has Milan’s interest at heart, as we have those of Santos. The relationship between us has always been cordial, the fact is that we are still talking about Robinho after months of negotiation without accusations or unjustifiably ending talks.

“We will talk and see what happens.”