Robinho sparks three team MLS bidding war as Orlando City make contact

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It looks increasingly likely that Robinho will be heading to Major League Soccer in the near future with numerous reports over the weekend claiming his time with AC Milan is all but over.

Orlando City Soccer Club, who recently announced the signing of Robinho's longtime AC Milan and Brazil teammate Kaka, had been widely expected to be the franchise who landed the former Real Madrid player. That may not be so clear cut however, with reports revealing that there are in fact four MLS teams vying for Robinho's signature.

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Long time pursuers Orlando City SC are joined by New England Revolution, and Chicago Fire in trying to bring in the diminutive 30-year-old to the North American league.

Having spent time at some of the biggest teams in Europe over the past decade it is hardly surprising that he is in such high demand. When a player who has won two La Liga titles, one Serie A championship, and played 92 times for Brazil becomes available it would be surprising if only one team came calling.


Orlando remain the favorites however, with the franchise reportedly having been in contact with the Brazilian playmaker in recent days. Moreover new marquee signing Kaka has intermitted that he is confident Robinho will join him in Florida.

The Lions will make their MLS bow in Week One of the 2015 season and are clearly keen to recruit a roster which has the potential to challenge immediately.

Chicago and New England meanwhile have just one designated player registered between them - Ecuadorian Juan Luis Anangonó is signed up by the Fire. This means they have the option of adding a lucrative deal to their wage bill.

MLS growth

Major League Soccer has been buoyed by an impressive display from it's contingent at the 2014 World Cup. With the likes of DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Besler and Kyle Beckerman revealing their talents on the world stage the league has gained plaudits in recent times.

Add to that the signing of Kaka (Orlando) , David Villa (New York City FC) and the likely arrival of Chelsea's all time top goalscorer Frank Lampard, and it certainly seems that MLS is on the up and up. The arrival of Robinho, to whichever franchise wins out in the ongoing battle, will only further increase it's stature as one of the most rapidly improving leagues in the world.

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