Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has revealed the club are in talks with Santos and Sao Paulo over a loan deal for Robinho.
The Brazil international's future at Eastlands has been the subject of fervent speculation in the last few days, with the player claiming he was close to making a return to Santos, one of his former clubs.
Santos had also stated they were confident of tying up a loan deal for the unsettled forward to return to his homeland.
However, Sao Paulo have now joined the chase for the Brazilian and the two clubs will battle it out to sign the former Real Madrid man on loan.
Robinho has failed to nail down a regular place in City's side this season and he has indicated he wants to return to Brazil to ensure he is fit and ready for this summer's World Cup finals.
City are now prepared to let their British-record signing move on as Mancini feels he has enough options in attack to cover for Robinho's departure.
"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."
"The World Cup in June is a big problem for him.
"He wants to play for the national team. I understand that but I must decide what is best for the team.
"I have five or six strikers to choose from, which makes it difficult for him and me."
Mancini also revealed Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure could be both return to the squad for Wednesday's Carling Cup clash with Manchester United.
Adebayor returned to training on Monday and declared himself available despite his horrific experience at the African Cup of Nations in Angola with Togo.
Toure is not set to return to England until Wednesday after Ivory Coast's exit at the hands of Algeria on Sunday, but he could make the bench at Old Trafford.
"I spoke with Emmanuel yesterday," Mancini said. "He is training with us now and I think he will be ready to be on the bench.
"We won't see Kolo until tomorrow and I need to see how he has recovered before I decide whether he is also on the bench or whether he plays. I am sad for him that the Ivory Coast got knocked out - but I am happy for us.''