Orlando City's persistent pursuit of AC Milan star Robinho has hit the skids, at least for now, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Sentinel soccer reporter Paul Tenorio reported on Wednesday that the Brazilian attacker will not be joining the 2015 expansion club for their inaugural season in MLS, with “serious discussions” between player and club having fallen apart over a transfer fee and wage demands.
I'm told Robinho to Orlando City is dead, while Ronaldinho is not in club's plans: http://t.co/KCTGpBSwtC— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) July 30, 2014
Citing an anonymous source within the club, Tenorio added that Ronaldinho, another head-turning Brazilian playmaker who just became a free agent after severing ties with Atlético Mineiro, was considered by Orlando City – but will not be joining the Lions, either.
Orlando City unveiled Kaká as their first-ever Designated Player on July 1, and Tenorio posits that coach Adrian Heath and president Phil Rawlins will build their lineup around the Brazilian creator, which is likely to influence their choices on other high-profile acquisitions.
The Lions have five other players signed to MLS deals for next year, several of whom are members of the team currently completing the club's final season in USL PRO and currently unbeaten in league play.