UPDATE: Silly season is in full effect as reports are now saying that Antonee Robinson’s move to AC Milan has fallen through at the last minute on deadline day. Journalist Fabrizio Romano says that Robinson arrived in Milan for a medical but personal terms could not be agreed and he’ll return to Wigan.
Just when it seemed like it was going to be a quiet transfer window for Americans in Europe, AC Milan have gone and blown everyone’s minds. According to multiple reports, the Italian giants (who have admittedly fallen on hard times in the last 10 years) have reached an agreement with Wigan Athletic for the transfer of U.S. international Antonee Robinson.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Wigan had declined an offer for around $8.5 million for the left back. We can only assume the final fee paid by Milan will be higher than that sum. Which is quite a statement on how they rate Robinson’s talent.
The move comes with some risks for the English-American. He will go from being a consistent starter on a English Championship side to being a back-up for a mid-table Serie A club with an established and young starter at left back. Theo Hernandez seems to have the Milan left back spot on lock-down for the foreseeable future. However, Robinson should be in line to get minutes whenever the opportunities should arise.
What do you think about this move? Is it a smart one? Will it open Gregg Berhalter and U.S. Soccer’s eyes to give Robinson more looks with the national team? Have your say.