Robinho wanted by Milan

Italian club view City forward as Ibrahimovic alternative

Robinho: Milan interest

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Manchester City forward Robinho has emerged as a transfer target for AC Milan should they fail to land Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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The Brazil international is facing an uncertain future at Eastlands having spent the second half of last season on loan in his homeland with Santos.

City boss Roberto Mancini has a wealth of attacking options at his disposal and it is believed the club are ready to let their record signing move on.

Robinho joined the ambitious Premier League outfit as their first big-money arrival following the takeover by Sheikh Mansour when he was purchased in a £32.5million deal from Real Madrid in 2008.

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But he failed to justify his price tag and was already out of favour with former boss Mark Hughes before Mancini was appointed and allowed the talented front man to depart.

Milan have made no secret of their desire to land Barca striker Ibrahimovic this summer, but with all parties admitting the deal could be complex, they are looking at other players should their top target fail to arrive.

Vice-president Adriano Galliani told Sky Italia: "Robinho is the alternative to Ibrahimovic, but we want the Swedish striker."

Reports in Italy have claimed that Milan official Ariedo Braida has flown in to England as they look to reach an agreement with City and Robinho.