Brazilian forward Robinho signed for Manchester City on transfer deadline day on September 1 2008 for a British record transfer fee of £32.5m. After a decent start at Eastlands relations turned a little sour and the player was loaned out to Santos last January, but what would represent the best move for the player now?
The 26-year-old’s fate would have been so much simpler but for his impressive performances in the World Cup when he showed why City decided to splash out so much money on him in the first place. Robinho played five games during Brazil’s campaign, scored two goals and was the spark in a fairly pragmatic Dunga squad.
He also had a successful return to former club Santos on-loan, which led many to believe his fate may be back in his homeland, but now there are calls for him to stay from certain players like Shay Given.
The Citizens’ goalkeeper said:
“I don’t know what his current situation is but there’s no denying he’s had a great World Cup.
“The bottom line is he remains a Manchester City player no matter what’s been written.
“I’d love to see him back at City, he’s gone out and proved a lot of people wrong in South Africa.”
Now manager Roberto Mancini is facing something of a headache, should he convince him to stay, or would Robinho be better off elsewhere?
Many are quick to forget that Robinho’s second season for the Sky Blues was interrupted by injury, his only goal came against Scunthorpe in the FA Cup and he fell down the pecking order before Mancini arrived to ship him out to Santos.
Now that City have added the talents of stars such as David Silva and Yaya Toure to their ranks the club stand a much better chance in challenging the top sides. But it may not be enough to convince him of staying at the club, particularly when they seem willing to ship him out on a season-long loan to Valencia in an attempt to save on some of his £150k-a-week wages…if you can count the Daily Mirror a reliable source, which you can’t.
If they are going to pay such high wages for him surely it is worth taking a gamble on Robinho. It would definitely be worth a potential buyer to take a risk on him, particularly if they can sign him for less than the Manchester club originally paid for his signature.
As Chelsea seek some extra creativity amongst their ranks they may decide to renew their interest in Robinho, who wanted to go from Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge in the first place and even called his own press conference to try and force the move whilst he was still at the Bernabeu club.
However, many would have been unimpressed by what was perceived as cry-baby antics from the Brazilian forward in order to get out of Madrid. Also, he seemingly arrived in England thinking he had signed for Chelsea and it didn’t seem like he had even heard of Manchester City.
Alternatively, if City think they won’t be able to get the best out of the former Real Madrid man then maybe they should cut their losses and sell him on.
Should Robinho have another shot at City, or is it time for him to move on?