Milan chief reveals Robinho turned down offers from Brazil
AC Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani has revealed Robinho turned down offers from other Brazilian clubs after talks with Santos broke down.
Galliani was in Brazil over Christmas to complete Alexandre Pato’s €15million transfer to Corinthians, though Robinho did not get his return to Santos.
The Peixe were unable to meet Milan’s transfer fee demands, however, there were other offers from Brazil, which Robinho turned down according to Galliani.
He said: "Binho did not want to leave Milan, he just wanted to go home.
"We failed to agree a deal with Santos and his agent couldn’t agree personal terms either.
"Other Brazilian clubs were ready to fulfil all the requirements, but Robinho wanted to stay with Milan.
"I heard from Grêmio yesterday and they wanted him at all costs."
The former Manchester City and Real Madrid man also attracted interest from Flamengo, Fluminense and Atlético Mineiro.
Prior to Pato’s move, Rossoneri president Silvio Berlusconi had stated that he wanted to keep at least one of the club’s Brazilian strikers, leaving Galliani with five forwards.
Galliani added: "With Pato there were six strikers, while now we have five and they are enough. If nobody else leaves, then nobody will come in during the January window.
"There are regrets over Pato, as he had two stratospheric seasons without injury and was also decisive in the 2011 Scudetto.
"The lad wanted to go back to Brazil and joined the side that won the Club World Cup."
Source: Football Italia