Robinho linked to China move

Belo Horizonte, June 30 (IANS) Football club Cruzeiro have admitted they will not be able to compete with an offer from China’s Guangzhou Evergrande for Brazil international Robinho.

Robinho is a free agent after rescinding his contract with AC Milan in May. The 31-year-old has spent the past year on loan at Santos, who are also said to be in the running for his signature, reports Xinhua.

Cruzeiro manager Valdir Barbosa said Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari had made overtures for the Brazil international.

“We know that the situation is complicated. We know that Robinho has a proposal from the Chinese club where (Scolari) is coaching. If they make an official offer, and we know that this week there will be a decision, we can’t compete with the money they would be willing to offer,” Barbosa said.

Robinho returned to Brazil with the national team on Sunday after their Copa America quarterfinal defeat to Paraguay on penalties. The former Real Madrid and Manchester City man has also been linked with a move to Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.

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