Report: New England Revolution, Orlando City battling it out for Robinho

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Even though Orlando City are yet to kick a ball in Major League Soccer, they are already creating plenty of waves with their acquisitions as Kaka is on board, Brek Shea is close to moving to Florida and plenty of other names are on Adrian Heath’s wishlist.

Now they are apparently battling it out with an MLS original, the New England Revolution, for the services of Brazilian winger Robinho, formerly of Real Madrid and Manchester City, and currently an AC Milan player

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The Brazilian national team player, who played at both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, is currently on loan at Santos in his homeland after falling way down the pecking order at AC.

After being linked with a move to Orlando in the past — his good friend and former teammate at AC Milan and Brazil, Kaka, has already signed for the Lions — reports from Soccerazo claim the following.

“A new club has stepped in [for Robinho] – MLS Cup finalists, the New England Revolution. Sources indicate that Jermaine Jones’s team is interested in securing the addition of Robinho to compensate for the possible exit of Lee Nguyen. There are two other clubs in pursuit of the player – but they do not play in MLS, they are Atlas and Tigres of Mexico.”

Pure speculation or is the 30-year-old Brazilian really heading to MLS?

Orlando has a large Brazilian population and with Brazilian owner Flavio Augusto da Silva having close links to Kaka and other players, the Lions have one Designated Player spot open after adding Honduran striker Bryan Rochez earlier this week. So, they seem like a good fit as far as piecing together these rumors. As for New England, with Jermaine Jones an Jerry Bengston locking down two of their three DP spots, they also have one left but talk of Lee Nguyen leaving the Revs seems a little hasty but given his stellar 2014 campaign, perhaps overseas clubs have taken a shine to the U.S. national team attacker? Who knows.

Regardless, it seems like the race for Robinho could be on…