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Robinho set for Eastlands exit as Santos eye loan deal

IT LOOKS like tomorrow may be the last time out-of-sorts striker Robinho wears a Manchester City jersey.

The Brazilian is set to make his final appearance in the fourth round FA Cup tie at Scunthorpe United after City club officials sanctioned a move to offload the £32.5m British record signing on loan to former club Santos.

Sao Paulo-based Santos, who sold him to Real Madrid for £20m in 2005, are in talks with City over a short-term move for the 25-year-old.

Although the clubs have yet to agree financial aspects of the deal, which would involve Santos paying a large portion of Robinho's £160,000-a-week wages, City sources believe a compromise can be reached.

Despite making an instant impact at Eastlands after his surprise move from Real in September 2008, Robinho scored just three goals during the whole of 2009.

He has made regular comments about his desire to play for Barcelona, but Roberto Mancini's decision to replace him at Everton last Saturday -- 51 minutes after introducing him as a substitute -- prompted club officials to re-evaluate his future.

With Mancini preparing to rest several key players, such as Shay Given, Gareth Barry and Carlos Tevez at Glanford Park, Robinho could yet figure after being named in City's travelling squad for the clash with the Iron.

Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez and Gary Neville have received a final warning from the English FA and will face disciplinary action if they continue their verbal feud in the build-up to Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final second-leg at Old Trafford. City take a 2-1 lead into the match.


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