Robinho joins AC Milan at transfer deadline

AC Milan acquired Robinho from Manchester City to bolster a
formidable forward line and sold Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to the German
club Schalke at European soccer’s transfer deadline.

Schalke was one of the continent’s busiest clubs Tuesday, with
midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado and defender Nicolas Plestan also
joining Huntelaar.

Several World Cup stars used their enhanced reputations to
switch teams. Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan left Rennes for the
Premier League’s Sunderland, while Netherlands midfielder Rafael
van der Vaart was closing in on a late move to Tottenham from Real
Madrid.

But Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester United,
Chelsea and Arsenal all resisted the chance to make late additions,
reflecting the frugality that has hit the once-frenzied last day of
summer trading.

In the Premier League alone, spending was down by $153 million
from 2009 summer window. England captain Rio Ferdinand dubbed it
the ”recession window.”

Robinho will be competing for a starting spot alongside newly
signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato as Milan
looks to end Inter Milan’s five-year reign as Serie A
champions.

”Our goal has to be to win very important titles,” Robinho
said. ”All the Brazilians on the team will give me a big hand
inserting myself into the squad. I hope to create a lot of history
for this club.”

Robinho’s arrival enabled Huntelaar to move to Germany on a
three-year contract.

Schalke manager Felix Magath, who is revamping the team by
releasing veterans, landed Plestan from Lille on a three-year
contract and midfielder Jurado from Atletico Madrid on a four-year
deal.

The Premier League club Birmingham made three signings, with
midfielder Alexander Hleb picked up on a season-long loan from
Barcelona, Chile midfielder Jean Beausejour joining on a three-year
deal from Mexican side Club America and Spartak Moscow defender
Martin Jiranek signing a one-year contract.

Monaco forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is returning to the Premier
League after spending part of last season at Tottenham, joining
Stoke on a season-long loan. The English club also secured former
Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant for six months from Real
Zaragoza.

Liverpool was alone among England’s traditional ”Big Four” in
spending, with defender Paul Konchesky joining the team from
manager Roy Hodgson’s former club Fulham on a four-year
contract.

His arrival was swiftly followed by 21-year-old Argentine left
back Emiliano Insua leaving Anfield for Galatasaray on a
season-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent.

Joseph Yobo is also moving to Turkey from Merseyside in a
similarly structured deal, with Everton releasing the Nigeria
captain to Fenerbahce.

The most high-profile arrival in Spain was David Trezeguet’s.
The former France striker agreed a two-year deal with promoted
Hercules in his first foray into La Liga after 10 seasons with
Juventus.

In France, Lyon signed Senegal defender Pape Diakhate on a
one-year loan contract