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Robinho Expected In Manchester By Thursday

He might be acting like a stroppy teenager but Brazilian international Robinho has been left with no choice following the end of his loan spell at Santos and is to return to Manchester City FC.

The 26-year-old striker is currently on international duty in North America, however, whether he likes it or not the club who hold his registration, MCFC has told him to be in Manchester 48-hours after the USA v Brazil friendly this Tuesday.

City hope Robinho can find a club prepared to meet their £25m price. But while Benfica and Besiktas have both registered an interest in the player, neither has been able to come up with the cash. In addition, Robbie was hoping to stay at Santos for an extended loan period but financial restrictions with his home-town club has scuppered any chance of that.

New Premier League rules introduced for the new season state no club can have more than a 25-man squad and named players must be passed to the Premier League HQ at the end of the summer transfer window (31 Aug). When the transfer window opens again in January respective clubs must submit their revised 25-man squad by February 1st.

However, the same 25-man squad ruling does not cover domestic or European cups; therefore, if he remains at Eastlands Róbson de Souza, who is expected to be left out of the initial Premier League squad may have to settle for the occasional cup appearance.

A City insider said...

'It's crazy to think that the most expensive player in British football might be left out of our Premier League squad, but Robinho will have to show that he is worthy of his place. He has been informed he won't be allowed to go out on loan again and we are hopeful a buyer will materialise.'

'While the club is willing to take a loss on what was paid to Real Madrid, there is a determination to recoup a significant amount of the fee.'

Robinho's contract has another two years left to run and reportedly earning a whopping £160,000 a week. Not bad for someone who's going to sit on his backside doing jack for the next six months, at least?

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 8 2010

Time: 10:06AM

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My brain tells me that he will leave Eastlands before the transfer window shuts. My heart would like to see him become the success he could be with likes of Silva, Tevez and Johnson around him. There's no doubt he has enough quality to be part of this City team he just needs to really want it himself...
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08/08/2010 10:59:00

A great talent and a great let-down. Robinho was purchased in haste and unfortunatley we got burned, as we did not have time to research his character. What's the betting that each and every one of Mancini's signings has had an extensive psychological background check done? Perhaps that's why the Balotelli deal is being held up - lots of checking to be done on that lad! ;)
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08/08/2010 11:24:00

fifthcolumnblue could well be right. When you are investing that sort of cash and taking into account the reported state of mind of this footballer then there could be a few ghosts in the cupboard we don't want to meet. Sad sign of the times. Some wags will tell you that some players of the past had been under the threat of kidnap, the fans would have helped the kidnappers. We are in a different world now.
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08/08/2010 15:22:00

Spot on pedmachine. Send him to Stoke!!
Johnny Baguette
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08/08/2010 21:49:00

Send him to Chelsea!!
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09/08/2010 01:29:00

lol hear hear.... Chelsea24/7 we wouldn't mind taking the problem off your hands
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09/08/2010 12:32:00

If was up to me give us 25 mil and you're welcome to the little runt. Any nice beaches in London?
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09/08/2010 12:47:00

You can have him, Chelsea. However, if you want him to show up on a snowy December night in Newcastle, you're out of luck. Or if you expect him to perform his best against Stoke on a rainy February night, again, too bad. He plays when he wants to, and that's not too often.
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09/08/2010 18:31:00

I reckon Chelses had a lucky escape over Robinho TBH.
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09/08/2010 19:00:00

but when he wants to play he's amazing.... and bluedub... mate if i had 25mil on me i'd give it to you ;)
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09/08/2010 19:00:00

Sod Blue Dub mate, I'll sell him to you for £10m. Send me a PM and I'll pass on my bank details for the money transfer! ;-)
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09/08/2010 19:14:00

Sorry dub!!!!
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09/08/2010 19:15:00

Getting gazumped am I? Are you taking lessons from 'arry Fifth?
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09/08/2010 19:25:00

Brown envelopes full of cash at the ready Dub!
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09/08/2010 20:26:00

you aren't trying to trick me out of 10mil are you FCB?
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10/08/2010 06:30:00

you aren't trying to trick me out of 10mil are you FCB?
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10/08/2010 06:35:00


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