Robinho earnings slashed to £50,000 a week as he closes in on City escape

28 January 2010 02:12
Santos expect Manchester City to rubber-stamp Robinho's return to the Brazilian club on loan when a second round of talks are held this afternoon.

Arrivederci: Roberto Mancini (right) admits he may soon be saying farewell to Robinho

However, there remain concerns about funding the 26-year-old's wages, who is thought to have been offered about £50,000 a week after tax for the duration of his return to Brazil.

Robinho signed a £160,000 a week contract through to 2013 when he joined City from Real Madrid for a British record £32.5million in 2008.

Santos hoped to have the deal tied up when a four-man delegation metCity before  the Carling Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United onWednesday.

But City requested extra time to look over thepaperwork, which is understood to put an expiry date of August 5 on theloan deal, rather than simply being to the end of the Barclays PremierLeague season.

Santos want to maximise their marketing potentialby having Robinho on their books during the World Cup finals and canalso address any plans to extend the loan after the tournament.

The Brazilians have accepted City's demands not to give a running commentary on negotiations till they are completed, but they are confident of reaching an imminent agreement.

Flashback: Robinho in action for Santos back in 2004

City have also been in talks with Sao Paulo, but it is thought they are a long way off meeting financial demands and Robinho has made it clear they are not his preference.

After not even naming Robinho as sub for the defeat by United, Eastlands boss Roberto Mancini said: 'Robinho spoke with me yesterday.  

  'It is possible that he will go to play for Santos or another team, so we preferred not to risk him.  

'But that is the only reason he was not involved. If he is still here at the end of the transfer window, he can play for us.'

A group of about 15 Santos fans turned up at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport early on Thursday morning after radio reports wrongly suggested the player might already be en route to his homeland.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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