AC Milan striker Robinho is believed to be on the verge of returning to Brazil with Santos, who are keen to replace Neymar with a quality striker. The club sold Neymar for around £ 50 million to Barcelona a few weeks ago, and they are keen to strengthen the squad in order to avoid losing key points to their rivals. Unlike the European season, the Brazilian championship is currently going on and Santos want to win this tournament. Robinho came through the ranks at Santos before leaving to Real Madrid in 2005. He has returned to the club on a loan deal a few years ago.

He is thought to be on the verge of permanent move, but there are speculation that the move could fall through due to the excessive wage demands of the player. Robinho has come out and said that he has certainly not demanded excessive wages because he knows that he will certainly earn less than his current salary when he returns to Brazil. The 29-year-old still has only 12 months left on his contract, but Milan have been extremely silent on his contract situation. It is expected that he will be found before the end of the transfer window for around £ 10 million.

“He [Robinho] will accept the fact he’ll be earning much less in order to come back to Santos. I spoke to Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues for the first time last week to study the Robinho situation. If someone else negotiated on his behalf, then they were not authorised to do so. Robinho was very irritated to hear Santos talk about certain wage demands that he had never made. I don’t know where that money was meant to go, but not to Robinho or Milan,” said Robinho’s father in a recent interview.