Report: Robinho in discussions to leave AC Milan with sights on Orlando

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A report in La Gazzetta dello Sport says that lawyers for Robinho are currently in talks with AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani to mutually void the rest of his contract.

Robinho’s goal, according to the report, is to team up with AC Milan teammate and fellow Brazilian Kaka who has been in negotiations with expansion club Orlando City FC, which will join Major League Soccer in 2015.

Kaka will not leave AC Milan until that time, but apparently Robinho is keen on making it to the United States sooner.  It’s unclear whether he will try to sign with a club for the rest of the 2014 MLS season or if he will jump on board with Orlando City right away, taking an extended break before the 2015 season.

According to the report, Robinho is looking to “finish his career” in the United States.

However, the report also suggests that Robinho to Major League Soccer is not necessarily a sure thing, as Brazilian club Flamengo is also making a play for his signature.

The split makes sense for both parties, as AC Milan finished this season outside of European qualification, and will look to cut dead weight and make plenty of changes, and at 30 years old it would make sense for the club to find a replacement for Robinho.

The forward will not be going to Brazil this summer with the national team, as he and Kaka were both left off the roster by manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, so the pair will have time to make headway on negotiations during the time off.

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.

Premier League vet Scott Parker calls quits on playing career

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Scott Parker has announced his retirement from soccer after a stellar 20-plus year career in England.

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The 36-year-old spent almost the entirety of his career in the Premier League, and played with seven teams during his time on the pitch.

“I believe now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Parker said in a statement.

“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I’ve loved every moment of it.”

Parker began playing with Charlton after coming up through the team’s youth academy, before completing a move to Chelsea in 2004.

Throughout his career, Parker also spent time at Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, before finishing up at Fulham this past season.