Roberto Mancini has confirmed that two clubs are in the hunt to sign Manchester City striker Robinho and that he expects the Brazil striker to leave Eastlands this month.
Sao Paulo have joined former club Santos in attempting to sign the 26-year-old forward on loan for the remainder of the season following Robinho's struggles to adapt to life in the Premier League.
The Brazil international moved to Eastlands from Real Madrid in the summer of 2008 for a British transfer record fee of £32.5million.
However, despite making an instant impact and scoring 12 goals in his first 19 games, his influence on the first-team scene has reduced following fitness problems and a loss of form.
Speaking over the weekend, Robinho revealed he was '90 per cent' likely to be heading out of Eastlands and returning to former club Santos.
However, fellow Brazilian club Sao Paulo have also now emerged as suitors.
"It is possible that something could happen,'' confirmed Mancini.
"This kind of thing does happen. I know in Italy there were instances when clubs paid a lot of money for a fantastic player, but afterwards he needed to play at another club.
"Negotiations are happening, but for now he is part of my squad."