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


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


”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


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


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


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


In France, Lyon signed Senegal defender Pape Diakhate on a

one-year loan contract