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USMNT left back Robinson linked with Chelsea, 2 others

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Wigan Athletic left back Antonee Robinson remains in the Football League Championship after a deadline day breakdown with AC Milan.

How long that will last is unknown.

A Sunday morning back pages report says USMNT back Robinson, 22, is wanted by Chelsea, Newcastle United, and Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.

Wigan said the breakdown in the move to Milan came down to Robinson’s medical not being finished in time.

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Robinson has seven caps for the USMNT after coming up through the ranks at Everton but never making a senior appearance for the Premier League outfit.

He spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Bolton Wanderers in the Championship, doing the same a season later at Wigan.

He impressed the Latics enough to earn a full transfer, and played 30 times this season before the failed eight-figure move to Italy. The Liverpool Echo claims Everton had a sell-on clause and missed on out 20 percent of the fee.

Overall, he’s made 90 appearances between Bolton and Wigan, with a goal and six assists.

A deeper dive into his stats sees a steady improvement from Robinson, who is now averaging 2.3 tackles and two interceptions per game. In three seasons, his passing has improved by eight percent while lowering how often he’s dispossessed.

The USMNT has struggled to find a long-term left-back replacement for DaMarcus Beasley for years. Sergino Dest has been mentioned as a possibility but plays on the right for Ajax. Eric Lichaj has been — some would say — criminally underutilized in recent seasons.

Robinson getting regular playing time is important. Chelsea certainly has a boatload of fixtures each year, while Newcastle has a long-term hole at left back.

Wigan announces transfer breakdown for American back Robinson

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Oh, this is just brutal on so many levels.

American left back Antonee Robinson will not be heading to Serie A giants AC Milan due to the time needed to conduct his medical.

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Wigan Athletic announced the breakdown Friday, which came after the 22-year-old USMNT defender traveled to Italy for his medical following the reported agreement of a $13 million fee.

According to Wigan:

The USA international underwent a medical examination with AC Milan, though further medical tests with the Italian authorities were required, which were subject to a 72-hour deadline. As such, the deal could not be formally ratified before the 8pm Italian Transfer Deadline on Friday.

This is why you don’t let moves get to deadline day. Milan wanted Robinson if it could move Ricardo Rodriguez, and that move didn’t finish up until Thursday.

Robinson will likely not be too unsettled. He’s loved at Wigan and just moved there in the fall. It’s simply that when a club like Milan calls, it can be once-in-a-lifetime.

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We’ll await further news, but this could even be good news for Robinson considering Milan hasn’t wrapped up a Europa League place. If the Rossoneri fail in a bid to qualify for Europe, minutes will be harder to come by behind Theo Hernandez. If Milan has a more congested schedule, there will be more minutes for depth.

Perhaps the move comes this summer. In the mean time, Robinson can slide back into being an every-week player on a Championship team.

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Reports: Milan swoops for American left back Robinson

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This is certainly the surprise of the January window when it comes to USMNT players.

Left back Antonee Robinson is moving to AC Milan from Wigan Athletic on a loan-to-buy deal with a fee expected to hit $13 million.

The Everton academy man had just moved to the DW Stadium in August after a successful loan campaign and had a goal in 30 appearances.

AC Milan was able to offload Ricardo Rodriguez to PSV Eindhoven, a move considered to be a necessary precursor to the Robinson purchase.

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The rumors of the stunning move for the 22-year-old began earlier this month, and Thursday reports of Lyon interest and a $10 million rejected bid from Milan upped the ante.

Then came multiple reports of an agreed bid, sending Robinson to back-up Milan superstar Theo Hernandez. Also 22, Hernandez has six goals and two assists in 19 matches with Milan following a move from Real Madrid.

There’s playing time risk involved should Milan not qualify for European play, but that would also likely send Hernandez looking elsewhere.

Only one of Robinson’s seven USMNT caps under Gregg Berhalter, who has preferred Nashville SC’s Daniel Lovitz and Fulham center back Tim Ream during his tenure. You’d think that may change come March, but… (insert shoulder shrug emoji here).

Milan moved out a lot of salary this month, with Suso, Fabio Borini, Pepe Reina and Krzysztof Piatek all moving out. Should Robinson’s medical go well, he’ll join fellow January adds Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Simon Kjaer, and Asmir Begovic at Milan

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USMNT left back Robinson a surprise target for AC Milan?

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AC Milan has identified an American as a potential answer to its left back depth issues.

Hampered by Financial Fair Play concerns, the Rossoneri could be offloading Ricardo Rodriguez to Fenerbahce and chasing a replacement.

The future No. 2 to left-sided wizard Theo Hernandez? It could be Antonee Robinson.

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The England-born USMNT back is in his second season with Wigan Athletic, making a permament move from Everton this summer after a loan move in 2018/19.


“The boy is American, he has already given his go-ahead to AC Milan but at the moment he has been put on stand-by… The executives like him and it’s a bet with good potential at low cost. For now, he has to wait.”

It’s a risky move; If Milan doesn’t qualify for Europa League or Champions League, minutes behind one of the most highly-regarded left backs in the world would be scarce. The 22-year-old Hernandez has six goals and two assists in 17 appearances since arriving from Real Madrid (He’s real good).

Then again, if they don’t qualify, Hernandez might want out of Milan.

Robinson, 22, has seven senior caps for the USMNT and is a major hope to solve a problematic position for Gregg Berhalter’s program.

Only one of those caps came under Berhalter, who otherwise hasn’t called up the Olympic-eligible left back in favor of Daniel Lovitz and Tim Ream.

Robinson has also played a little left mid for the Latics this season, scoring a goal in 28 Championship matches.

USMNT left back Robinson making waves with Wigan

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There’s a good chance that the United States men’s national team secured its right back of the future when Ajax defender Sergino Dest announced his decision to forego a possible switch to the Netherlands.

Is the USMNT’s long-sought answer at left back springing forth about 550 miles away in England?

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Antonee Robinson, 22, left Everton for Wigan Athletic this summer following a terrific loan stint, and is now thriving in his second season with the Football League Championship side. His 1237 league minutes trail only veteran goalkeeper David Marshall.

Robinson is averaging 2.6 tackles and two interceptions per game show a steadiness without the ball, but the bell-ringing stat is his 26 successful dribbles. That’s a Top Ten figure in the league, just behind Jack Harrison and sea of attacking minds.

He wanted to it to happen at Everton, but his path was blocked by the club’s Player of the Season (Lucas Digne) and its player of the last 10 years (Leighton Baines).

“It’s a shame, because you’re sat watching training when you want to be joining in, but that’s football,” Robinson said. “There’s only so long you can wait. They brought in Lucas (Digne) in my position who was probably their best player last season and they had Bainesy who is one of the best left-backs to have played in the Premier League. I had to come here and play. Get thrown in and either sink or swim.”

He admits his $2.5 million move to Wigan is meant to earn him a place back in the big time. If he can manufacture another few months like this, that may happen this summer if the Latics cannot get promoted (They sit nine points back of the last playoff spot).

Playmaking left backs who can handle their defensive responsibilities are worth a lot more than what Wigan paid, and the profit would be welcome.