Robinho chose Milan over Barcelona

Corriere dello Sport has revealed how agent Mino Raiola was the key to Milan signing Robinho this summer despite interest from Barcelona.
Robinho was unhappy at Manchester City and Barcelona, who had space for a new striker after selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Milan, wanted him. However, Robinho always wanted to follow Ibrahimovic to the San Siro, and Raiola helped him. The agent also revealed that Mario Balotelli’s transfer from Inter to City was the first step in freeing Robinho from Eastlands.
Raiola claimed: “I took Balotelli to City and then I bumped into Robinho. He told me that he wanted to leave the English club.
“He said that if I took Ibrahimovic to City, then he knew for sure that Barcelona would try and sign him. I told Robinho to stay calm.
“I then took Ibrahimovic to Milan, before telling [Milan vice-president Adriano] Galliani that we had to leave for England.
“We thus beat Barcelona and got Robinho. That is how Ibrahimovic and Robinho transferred to Milan.”

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