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June 2010

Sevilla wait for AC Milan move
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Spanish outfit Sevilla insist that they have heard nothing from Milan regarding a possible swoop for Luis Fabiano.

The Brazilian World Cup striker is again on the Italian club’s shopping list after being closely courted last summer.

However, Sevilla’s director general Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo Monchi insists that negotiations are not even underway.

“Up to this moment in time we have not been in contact with Milan,” he told Tuttomercatoweb earlier today.

“I don’t know if his agent is pushing him towards Milan, but I do know that nobody from Milan has spoken with us.

“We don’t know what the future holds for Luis Fabiano. We will meet up with the player after the World Cup and then we’ll talk.”

Joe Cole could move to Italy
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

England international Joe Cole could move to Italy this summer, according to the player's agent.

The 28-year-old was released by Chelsea at the end of last season and is now looking for a new club.

Milan are reportedly interested in signing him, although they face competition from several Premier League outfits.

Speaking to Eurosport, Geiss apparently said: “For now, there isn't anything new to report. Joe has returned from South Africa and will now go on holiday.

“There are always clubs interested… In around two to three weeks there will be some news.”

When asked about reported interest from Milan and Juventus, Geiss is quoted as saying: “They are possible deals and I confirm that we are not dealing with rubbish.”

Earlier today, Il Corriere dello Sport claimed Milan are prepared to offer Cole a three-year deal worth £9m.

AC Milan step up interest in Caceres
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan would like to sign Barcelona right-back Martin Caceres, but only if he comes at a significant discount.

The 23-year-old Uruguay international spent last season on loan at Juventus, but was deemed too expensive to sign on a permanent basis.

Barcelona are keen to recoup as much of the €16.5m they paid Villarreal for Caceres two summers ago, but there are few takers.

Juventus reportedly had an option to buy him for €11m, but they are now pursuing other options, most notably Marco Motta.

Milan are short of full-backs and Caceres fits the type of player Massimiliano Allegri likes to have on the flanks.

Il Corriere dello Sport understands the Rossoneri have spoken with Caceres's agent, Daniel Fonseca, who is expected to meet Barcelona's directors in the next two weeks.

Milan feel Caceres can be had for as little as €8m and believe his versatility will come in handy along the backline.

He has been known to play both at centre-back and left-back, which will come in handy as Milan plan to loan Oguchi Onyewu to Chievo.

Abbiati throws down the gauntlet
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati insists that he is unfazed by the club's decision to sign Marco Amelia from Genoa.

The 32-year-old struggled with injury last season and lost his place as Milan's undisputed No 1.

Interviewed in this morning's La Gazzetta dello Sport, Abbiati said: “I hope to be well next season, to not have physical problems and to have a calm season.

“If you work calmly, the results will follow: that's as right for me as it is for the team.

“I think I will start training camp without any problems. Last year I waited my turn seeing that I spent the first half of the season recovering from a bad injury, which I suffered in March 2009.

“My chance arrived in Bari and then I played a dozen of games. Unfortunately in the final period, I had some other blows and decided to stop so I could heal properly.”

When asked for his reaction to Amelia's signing, Abbiati said: “By now I am used to it. It's like this every year at Milan; some names always come out.

“In recent years, you have spoken about Lloris and Diego Lopez, then Storari arrived and this time Amelia.

“I won't ask anything of Max Allegri. I am not a bootlicker or a teacher's pet: I train and that's it. I want to be Milan's No 1. I work for that and I do so intensely at 100 per cent.

“I hear talk of a straight fight between me and Amelia and I don't agree: there is also Flavio Roma, who until a little while ago was in contention for La Nazionale."

AC Milan's 'ridiculous' Luis Fabiano bid
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Sevilla President Jose Maria Del Nido does not expect a Milan offer for Luis Fabiano “that isn’t ridiculous.”

The Rossoneri already tried to sign him a year ago, but the negotiations collapsed when they haggled over the £20m price-tag.

His contract expires in June 2011 and the striker has already stated he does not want a renewal, waiting for a move to either Milan or Manchester United.

“Considering the way the transfer market is at the moment, it’s difficult for us to receive an offer for Luis Fabiano that isn’t ridiculous,” President Del Nido told As.

“I believe that the most likely solution is that he stays on at Sevilla.

“He says he wants to play for a big club like Milan or Manchester United. I put these statements down to the heat that clouds the heads of Brazilians when they leave their cities.

“I would like for Luis Fabiano to renew with Sevilla as soon as possible, signing an extension for another three seasons.”

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29.6 || webmaster

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Luis Fabiano likes Italian football
29.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano has admitted that that he likes Italian football amid interest from Milan.

The 29-year-old Brazil international has a year left on his contract in Spain and is flirting with Europe's biggest clubs.

Earlier this month, Fabiano said he would love to play alongside Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho for Milan.

Speaking after last night's victory over Chile in which he scored his third goal of the World Cup, Fabiano was asked about interest from the Rossoneri.

“There is nothing concrete,” he said. “I like Italian football, but everything will be decided soon, after the end of the World Cup.”

Fabiano then gave his assessment of Brazil's chances of winning the biggest prize of all in South Africa.

“It's difficult to beat us: we have great attention to detail in defence. We are organised. We all run and help each other. This is the right path.

“Now we have Holland, a great team with a very strong collective, but we want to go through.”

Luis Fabiano agent calls AC Milan
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Luis Fabiano “would like to play for Milan, but we haven’t spoken to them in a year,” revealed the Brazilian’s agent.

The Rossoneri, specifically Vice-President Adriano Galliani, spoke in public recently about how the Sevilla star could well be their big summer signing.

The player himself also told the Daily Star on Sunday “the choice will come down to Manchester United and Milan.”

However, this evening Luis Fabiano’s agent revealed a very different situation.

“I have not received any official proposal from Milan and we haven’t spoken to Galliani in a year,” Jose Fuentes told Telelombardia.

“No player is unsellable and Sevilla have three options. Either they sell him, offer a suitable contract renewal or lose him on a free transfer in January.

“The truth is that Luis Fabiano would be happy to play for Milan.”

Bierhoff set for AC Milan return?
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

There are reports in Germany that Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi would like Oliver Bierhoff to return to the club as a director this summer.

Bierhoff won the Scudetto in his first season with Milan, scoring 20 goals in 34 appearances in the 1998-99 season. He left for Monaco in 2001 and retired two years later.

The 42-year-old has been working for the German national team in a position created for him by Jürgen Klinsmann and Joachim Löw, but his presence has created friction within the FA.

He will be available again after the World Cup and the Hamburger Morgenpost understands Berlusconi is keen to use his skills as a director.

It’s thought that Berlusconi would like to fill the position once held by Leonardo who went on to become Milan’s Coach after being a prominent technical consultant.

That position has remained vacant ever since Leonardo became Milan’s Coach last summer and it remains so after his departure in May.

Joe Cole interests AC Milan
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are tempted by the prospect of signing England international midfielder Joe Cole, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

The 29-year-old was released by Chelsea last month and has yet to resolve his future amid interest from several Premier League clubs.

Milan have shown a proclivity for signing free agents in recent years, picking up the likes of Mathieu Flamini and Mario Yepes.

Il Corriere understands that the Rossoneri like Cole's versatility and feel he could provide an alternative to Alexandre Pato as an outside forward or even a second striker.

His ability to play in central midfield and top class experience also makes him an attractive option for Milan, although it's unclear whether Cole would move abroad.

Luis Fabiano: 'AC Milan or Manchester United'
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Luis Fabiano has whittled it down to a two-horse race. “The choice will come down to Manchester United and Milan.”

The Brazilian was already in intense negotiations with Milan last summer, but even now the Rossoneri continue to haggle over his £30m price-tag.

Sevilla have stated they want to offer a renewal, but the 29-year-old World Cup star has made his intentions clear.

“I have made it clear that I will not be signing a new contract with Seville and at 29 I now need to join a club where I can start challenging for the highest ¬honours from the first¬ season,” he told the Daily Star on Sunday.

“I have heard Tottenham Hotspur made an inquiry about me but, with all respect, that is not somewhere I am going to be able to win the Premier League or the ¬European Cup in the next three or four years.

“There would be no point in me joining Tottenham. I might as well stay at Sevilla, as it’s the same thing.

“Sevilla are ¬actually bigger when you look at how much we have been in the ¬European Cup, so there would be no point me moving to a smaller team.

“The choice will come down to ¬Manchester United and Milan. That is the sort of team I want to be signing for, one of the true giants of Europe.

“As soon as the World Cup is over I will make a quick decision on my future – and while it is going on I hope Sevilla can open discussions.

“I have enjoyed my time here but I now need to be at a giant.”

Allegri: 'AC Milan, I am not afraid'
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Max Allegri gives his first interview since signing for Milan. “I am not afraid. We need enthusiasm and fresh motivation, including Ronaldinho.”

The Coach would’ve taken over at San Siro a month ago, but only this week did Cagliari release him from his contract after a bitter split with President Massimo Cellino.

“It could’ve been resolved so much sooner and with a relaxed attitude. At the end of the day Cellino does care for me. He hopes both I and Milan can win the Champions League,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

It is a huge step up for Allegri, who was sacked by Cagliari towards the end of the season because he was ‘distracted’ by other offers.

“I am not afraid. Do you know how many of my colleagues would like to be in my place right now? I like a challenge.

“This is a squad that has won a great deal, but still has a lot to give. People forget victories very quickly, so the only way to keep them on side is to keep winning.”

Allegri is known for his scintillating football at Cagliari and intends to get the best out of his Brazilian stars, even if Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato were dropped from the World Cup.

“We need to begin again with enthusiasm and fresh motivation. I doubt there are players at Milan who just do the bare minimum to get along.

“Ronaldinho is a fantastic player and the club will not sell him. Together we will find new motivation that is not represented by his World Cup dream.

“He can play anywhere with that quality, out wide or behind the strikers. As for Pato, I expect him to mature well this year.”

Someone who doesn’t quite fit the bill is Holland’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who Milan are eager to sell after a poor debut season.

“Will Huntelaar stay? He has similar characteristics to Pippo Inzaghi and Marco Borriello, even if he is a good player. We’ll see.”

Allegri is eager to look to the past and combine the two great success stories of Milan’s history.

“My reference points are Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello. The first was revolutionary, the other solid. Football is also defence, don’t forget.”

AC Milan look a little Klose
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan’s problems in reaching a deal for Luis Fabiano have pushed them to another World Cup star – Germany’s Miroslav Klose.

The Rossoneri have confirmed they are interested in signing the Brazilian, but Sevilla have no intention of releasing him.

The delays are prompting a radical rethink and it’s reported in German newspaper Bild that their eye is wandering towards a different hitman currently in South Africa.

Klose has scored one goal in 105 minutes played so far and is expected to start against England this afternoon.

Bayern Munich rate him at around £5.5m, but it’s believed Milan could prise him away for even less than that sum.

The 32-year-old’s contract expires in June 2011 and Bayern do not intend to offer a renewal, but nor do they wish to lose Klose on a free transfer in a year’s time.

OFFICIAL: Allegri new AC Milan coach
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan's new boss Massimiliano Allegri says he wants the utmost for the club and is happy that his future has now been resolved.

The 42-year-old tactician was the favourite to replace Leonardo at Milan for some time, but Cagliari wouldn't give him up without fight.

Cagliari fired Allegri in April after he became 'distracted' by interest from big clubs, but remained on the payroll until earlier this month.

For a moment it looked as if Milan had abandoned all hope of appointing him as Cagliari President Massimo Cellino played hardball.

Cellino felt particularly aggrieved at Allegri's conduct, claiming that the Serie A Coach of the Year had betrayed his trust.

Speaking to Sky Italia after putting pen to paper on a two-year contract, Allegri said: “I am very happy for this day.

“It has been a long month. I am happy and now I want the maximum,” he concluded.

AC Milan ready contract for Luis Fabiano
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have already prepared a contract for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

Earlier this week, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani said that he would love to make Fabiano's wish to play for the Rossoneri come true.

Fabiano's agent Jose Fuentes has been in talks with Sevilla this week about a contract extension.

However, the Spanish outfit aren't in a position to meet Fabiano's demands.

He would like to be paid a similar amount to other world-class strikers like Didier Drogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Il Corriere understands Fabiano is asking for another €500,000 a year on top of his current earnings.

Milan are apparently prepared to offer him a three-year deal worth €3.5m a season.

The 29-year-old was valued at €20m last summer, but the fact his contract expires at the end of next season means he could now be worth half that figure.

Amelia promises assists at AC Milan
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan's new goalkeeper Marco Amelia has reacted to the fans' disappointment at his signing by promising to supply his team-mates with assists.

Milan's supporters were hoping the club would sign a striker or a midfield maestro capable of providing some entertainment at San Siro.

Interviewed in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Amelia said: “The fans should be calm. It's not obligatory to buy in order to show your own strength.

“Who knows what influenced their decision to sign me. I learned my trade at Roma with Tancredi and from then onwards I have always tried to play well with my feet.

“At Livorno I made several assists for Igor Protti and Cristiano Lucarelli. I like to start counter-attacks.

“Criticising this club is ungenerous. History speaks for Berlusconi who will never leave this club.

“Milan doesn't need to start over: a team that finished third last season and has since hired a good young Coach doesn't need to be rebuilt.

“Milan have the chance to go all the way, just like in the League. A situation awaits me, which I have always strived for: a place where you can win things.”

Huntelaar holds Luis Fabiano hostage
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan will only be able to launch a bid for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano if Klaas-Jan Huntelaar accepts an offer to leave the club.

Earlier this week, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani said he would like to make Fabiano's wish to play for the club come true.

However, before they can make a formal approach, Milan must convince Huntelaar to leave after a poor first season at San Siro.

The 27-year-old earns €3.2m a season and still has four years left on his contract, making him a real burden on Milan's budget.

Fenerbahce are reportedly interested, lining up a bid worth €20m, but Huntelaar isn't keen on playing in Turkey.

Milan are also prepared to sound out Bayern Munich, as Louis Van Gaal is a keen admirer of Huntelaar while the player himself would be happy to play for such a prestigious club.

However, the Rossoneri need to move quickly as Sevilla have opened negotiations with Fabiano to sign a new contract.

Cellino fires more darts at Allegri
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Cagliari President Massimo Cellino won't back down from his feud with Max Allegri, calling into question his managerial skills.

Cellino has been involved in a war of word with Allegri ever since he fired him for becoming 'distracted' by interest from Milan in April.

Allegri was kept on the payroll, which has made it very difficult for Milan to extricate him from Cagliari.

He has since been released, but Cellino refuses to let bygones be bygones.

“I don't know if Allegri will be in a position to manage Milan's dressing room,” he said.

“We will only find out when the season starts and he has to manage decisive situations.”

Allegri 'is free to join AC Milan'
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan can officially sign Massimiliano Allegri after Cagliari promised to release him from his contract. “He is free to go.”

The new Coach has been decided for some time, but is still in a legal battle with the Sardinians after he was fired towards the end of the season.

“I spoke to Vice-President Adriano Galliani today and there are no problems,” assured Cagliari patron Massimo Cellino.

“I keep my word and the fact we are presenting Pierpaolo Bisoli to the media effectively means Allegri is free to go to Milan.

“I have handed everything over to director general Marroccu, who is negotiating with Allegri to rescind the contract.”

Cagliari have appointed new boss Bisoli, who helped Cesena to a shock promotion last month.

There were reports that the hold-up was because Cagliari were trying to take back some of the performance-related bonuses promised to Allegri.

“It is absurd to think I don’t want to give him back pay. I am obliged to pay everyone’s wages and I will pay to the last Euro,” insisted President Cellino.

Sevilla spurn AC Milan for Luis Fabiano
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan may say they could sign Luis Fabiano, but Sevilla insist they’ve received “no contact and are in talks for a renewal.”

Yesterday Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed an interest in the Selecao star.

“Luis Fabiano could be our summer signing, yes, maybe,” he told journalists.

The Brazilian had been close to a transfer last season, but Sevilla have a very different view of the situation.

“We are in negotiations with the player for a contract renewal,” declared President Jose Maria del Nido.

“We have had no contact with Milan.”

Berlusconi: 'AC Milan will start winning again'
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Silvio Berlusconi has promised that Milan will start winning things again and insists the club isn't for sale.

The Italian Prime Minister has come under fire from Milan's fans after showing a reluctance to invest in the team.

Interviewed in Italian magazine Oggi, Berlusconi said: “Milan are a club that has won the most trophies in the world, more than the legendary Real Madrid of the Santiago Bernabeu to whom they dedicated a stadium.

“Thanks to Milan, I am the President who has won the most in the history of football. The second is Bernabeu who won less than half of my trophies.

“Milan will return to being great and victorious again, and they will do it very soon.”

When asked if he is prepared to sell the club, Berlusconi said: “Well, first you would need to fine someone who is really passionate about Milan and prepared to invest more than the €50m a year my family put in.”

Onyewu: 'My America will be AC Milan'
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

United States international centre-back Oguchi Onyewu has explained his decision to play for free next year at Milan.

The 28-year-old suffered a serious knee injury during his first season at San Siro and rarely played.

Onyewu told Milan that he would be prepared to play for one-year completely for free out of thanks for helping him recover.

Interviewed in this morning's La Gazzetta dello Sport, Onyewu said: “Honestly, it seemed to me like a natural thing. For me, it was an unfortunate season, but I have a lot of desire to learn and I hope that this will help me when I return to Italy.

“Galliani has been very close to me. I wanted to repay them for their affection. It's true that Milan is like a family. I arrived last year and I soon felt accepted and welcome. I never felt like an outsider.”

Onyewu was then asked for his reaction to reports that Max Allegri will be the next Milan Coach.

“I don't know if it's official. I know that Allegri is prepared and that he makes the team play well. When a club changes Coach a new energy is emitted and for me given I didn't play last year I am starting again from zero.”

Finally Onyewu revealed what he expects of the United States at this summer's World Cup.

“Going very far,” he said. “This team is prepared. We have a strong team spirit and never give up. It's not easy to win against us.

“The fans always expect a lot, but we know how to stay away from all this and how not to feel the pressure.”

OFFICIAL: Amelia completes AC Milan move
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Marco Amelia is officially a Milan player after putting pen to paper on a one-year contract on loan from Genoa.

The goalkeeper had already struck a deal for the temporary switch, but it was made official this evening.

Milan have him on loan until June 2011 with an option to buy the shot-stopper outright at the end of the season.

If they do take up the option, it will begin an automatic contract holding him to San Siro until 2013.

The 28-year-old was a Roma youth product, but has gone on to play for Livorno, Lecce, Parma, Palermo and Genoa.

AC Milan: 'No Ibrahimovic, Luis Fabiano maybe'
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan will not be signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Vice-President Adriano Galliani leaves the door open to Luis Fabiano. “Maybe...”

The Rossoneri need a new forward to revitalise their attack and have been linked with the former Inter star now struggling at Barcelona.

“In Spain there is a very different taxation system, so they pay considerably less on their wages than an Italian team would,” pointed out Galliani.

“Therefore it is impossible for Ibrahimovic to return to Italy, as I sincerely doubt he would radically reduce his wages.”

Brazil hitman Luis Fabiano is impressing at the World Cup and scored a brace against the Ivory Coast.

He had already been in advanced negotiations with the San Siro outfit last summer before talks with Sevilla collapsed.

“As for Luis Fabiano, historically he has been of interest to Milan and we talked with him at length last year.

“We are in sync. Could he be Milan’s new buy? Maybe...”

Meanwhile, the club still cannot officially appoint Massimiliano Allegri as the new Coach, as he hasn’t resolved the bitter break-up with Cagliari.

“We’d have to ask my friend, President Massimo Cellino. He gave me his word and that is enough for me.”

Zambrotta: 'I'm not finished'
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan right-back Gianluca Zambrotta believes that his performances for Italy in this summer’s World Cup prove he isn’t over the hill.

The 33-year-old World Cup winner has performed relatively well on the right-hand side in both of Italy’s opening two games.

“There is always criticism in football, but it doesn’t bother me that before this World Cup they thought I was cooked.

“I am 33 and I have been preparing for this ‘appointment’ for three months. Have you seen how my World Cup is going?”

The former Juventus player then turned his attention to Thursday’s match against Slovakia, which Italy have to win to be sure of qualification from the group stages.

“Honestly, I don’t want to even think about going out of the World Cup. We know that against Slovakia it’s a game that’ll decide who’s in and who’s out, but we are used to these situations.

“We are thinking positive, without fear. We think we can do it. We will need a little bit of extra luck,” he concluded.

Thiago Silva commits to AC Milan
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan centre-back Thiago Silva says he would like to stay at the club until he is 40 amid interest from Manchester City.

The 25-year-old who is currently at the World Cup with Brazil is particularly looking forward to working under Max Allegri, who should be appointed as Leonardo's replacement by the end of the month.

Interviewed in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Thiago gave his reaction to reports linking him with a move away from the club this summer.

“I have read something about Manchester City,” he said. “It's nice to know that Coaches appreciate your work and that clubs are prepared to spend a lot of money to sign you, but I have other ideas for my future. Actually, I have a message for Milan.

“I am ready to stay in red and black until I am 40. I want to stay and win something with Milan.”

Thiago then had a word for Leonardo.

“First I would like to say something about the 'old Coach'. Sincerely, I don't understand why Leonardo wasn't confirmed.

“Despite his rough start, the Brazilian tactician was fantastic. Milan had a great season, finishing in the Champions League places. I am sorry that he isn't there anymore.

“My friend told me that Allegri is a very prepared Coach and that his teams play spectacular football. That's fine by me. Milan work well if there is the desire to entertain.”

'Luis Fabiano wants to join AC Milan'
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Brazil international striker Luis Fabiano would like to join Milan, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

The 29-year-old Sevilla player has long been linked with the Rossoneri and was close to joining them last year only for the Italian giants to balk at the fee.

Il Corriere understands that Fabiano has told his Brazil team-mates, among which there is Milan centre-back Thiago Silva, that he would like to play for the Rossoneri next season.

Milan are in the market for a striker again after Klaas-Jan Huntelaar flopped following his move from Real Madrid last summer.

Fabiano fits Milan's criteria because he is a prolific goalscorer, but also because of his ability to play as an outside forward.

However, before Milan can make a move for him, they will have to sell Huntelaar with Tottenham or Bayern Munich the most likely destinations.

Fabiano is said to be worth between €10m and €12m. Il Corriere believes that Milan have already made contact with his agent Jose Fuentes and that they are working on a three-year contract.

Amelia set for AC Milan deal
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Marco Amelia is ready to seal a dream move to Milan from Genoa, where he will become the Rossoneri's No 1.

It is thought that the goalkeeper, who was part of Italy's World Cup-winning squad in 2006, will initially move to San Siro on loan, with Milan having the option to make it permanent next summer.

The 28-year-old was reportedly unsettled at Marassi and his agent, Carlo Pallavicini, will meet up with the Diavolo directors late tonight to iron out the final details on his contract, which will reportedly see him earn around £2m per season.

If all goes well, the player will then undergo his medical at Milanello.

The former Livorno 'keeper will be the first choice for Milan next season with Marco Storari set to switch to Juventus and Nelson Dida also on the move.

Pirlo trains with the squad
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo was seen training with the ball this morning, raising hopes that he'll be fit to face Slovakia in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Milan star missed both of Italy's opening two games with a calf injury and has been receiving therapy in South Africa.

Italy boss Marcello Lippi declined to send Pirlo home and replace him with Cagliari's Andrea Cossu, choosing instead to keep faith in the World Cup winner.

Pirlo trained with Italy's second group of players at South Downs College and touched the ball for the first time since his injury.

Lippi then sat his players down and talked for around 20 minutes.

He now has a tough decision on his hands because Pirlo's replacement in the starting line up, Riccardo Montolivo, has been excellent in South Africa.

AC Milan set sights on Veloso
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are reportedly considering a bid for Sporting Lisbon midfield Miguel Veloso who is currently at the World Cup with Portugal.

The Rossoneri are looking to reinforce their midfield this summer in view of the fact Andrea Pirlo doesn't intend to renew his existing contract, which expires at the end of next season.

Veloso's well-rounded playing style would also allow him to perform Rino Gattuso's role in the Milan side.

Milan have been scouting the 24-year-old for some time, so much so that Veloso has previously spoken of his desire to join them.

Il Corriere dello Sport understands Veloso is worth €10m, although Sporting would like to sell him for nearer €18m, which would price him out of Milan's budget.

Fiorentina and Inter have also shown an interest in him in the past.

Report: Ibrahimovic only has eyes for AC Milan
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Spanish newspapers claim Zlatan Ibrahimovic is determined to join Milan, rejecting more lucrative Premier League offers.

The former Inter striker has struggled to fit in with the rest of the Barcelona side since his transfer last summer.

According to today’s El Mundo Deportivo, the Swede wants to quit Barca to avoid further competition with new arrival David Villa.

Ibra still has a four-year contract left to run and astronomical €12m per season wages, so it will be difficult to find a suitable buyer.

The Premier League can provide the cash, but it’s claimed he does not want the step ‘down’ to Manchester City.

Milan are playing in the Champions League and need a big new buy to appease the unhappy supporters.

Ibrahimovic would bring excitement, but also further tension, as he represented their rivals Inter.

In fact, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani revealed that a deal had been struck for Zlatan in the summer of 2006.

With the uncertainty over Calciopoli and whether the Rossoneri would be in the Champions League that season, he opted not to wait and turned to Inter instead.

“Ibrahimovic was ours, but he was impatient,” said Galliani.

Inzaghi has faith in Italy
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Pippo Inzaghi has faith in the current crop of Italy strikers to find the net at the 2010 World Cup.

“Do the Azzurri need more experienced forwards? I have been through three World Cups and had great joy in 2006, now I’m cheering on those who are in the squad,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

The initial 1-1 draw with Paraguay followed on from disappointing friendly results against Mexico and Switzerland.

On Sunday at 15.00 UK time they take on New Zealand in a must-win game.

“The first matches are always like this and tomorrow with a victory the side would immediately find the right rhythm,” said the Milan veteran.

“All the Italy strikers are very talented. Alberto Gilardino and Giampaolo Pazzini are both great players and lovely lads.

“We hope to get all three points tomorrow against New Zealand, as that would be very important for qualification.”

Many of the big sides have struggled in South Africa, but Inzaghi picks his favourites.

“Brazil and Argentina have been most impressive, but I still believe England, Spain and Italy can challenge for the World Cup.”

San Siro duel for Caceres?
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Juventus are not taking up their option on Martin Caceres, so the Barcelona defender could return to Serie A for Milan or Inter.

The Uruguayan spent the season on loan in Turin to recover from a long injury lay-off, but Juve decided not to make the move permanent.

His time in Italy may well not be over, though, as it’s reported that both Milan and Inter are showing an interest.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Caceres could go out on loan again and be a cheap but reliable option for the San Siro clubs.

Milan need him as a replacement for Massimo Oddo, while new Inter boss Rafa Benitez is looking for alternatives to Real Madrid target Douglas Maicon.

It is also reported that the Nerazzurri are considering England star Glen Johnson for the role.

AC Milan snap up Amelia
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Marco Amelia has a deal to join Milan, confirmed Genoa President Enrico Preziosi. “We have shaken hands.”

The goalkeeper has moved around quite a lot in recent seasons, playing for Lecce, Parma, Livorno, Palermo and Genoa.

“We have already shaken hands,” Genoa President Preziosi told Sky Sport Italia.

“On Monday he will undergo a medical and on Tuesday he will be declared a Milan player.”

The Rossoneri need him as an understudy to Christian Abbiati after the end of Nelson Dida’s contract.

Marco Storari was the second choice at San Siro, but has been sold to Juventus this week.

As for Genoa, they are reportedly ready to sign Chievo’s Stefano Sorrentino as a replacement.

AC Milan go shopping in South America
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Milan are looking to reinforce their defence with yet more South America players, according to reports in the Italian media.

The Rossoneri feel they can get more value in Brazil and Argentina than in Europe and have been scouting the region relentlessly over the last couple of months.

Milan have been repeatedly linked with a bid for Velez Sarsfield's highly rated young centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.

The 21-year-old is expected to move to Europe this summer amid interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Milan are also keeping close tabs on Sao Paulo's Brazilian defender Joao Miranda.

The 25-year-old has been one of the best performers in Brazil's Serie A and knows all about Milan's Thiago Silva.

Milan are apparently interested in signing one or the other with Miranda likely to be the cheaper option.

Moggi: 'AC Milan should sign Ibrahimovic'
18.6 || webmaster

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Luciano Moggi has advised Milan to sign Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he could form a great strike partnership with Alexandre Pato.

Moggi signed Ibrahimovic for Juventus in 2004 only to see him leave the club for Inter two years later when the Calciopoli scandal resulted in the Turin giants being relegated.

The Swede is a legend in Italy after winning the League in every one of his five years on the peninsula.

Writing in his column on Tutto Mercato Web, Moggi opined: “I think Milan should bring in a player I like, a player I consider to be decisive at every level - Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Milan should not put Pato on the line. Ibrahimovic would be marvelous alongside Pato as he can do things that three players can,” Moggi concluded.

Ibrahimovic had a mixed first season at Barcelona after his move from Inter last summer.

He scored 16 goals for the Catalan giants and won La Liga, but finished the campaign on the bench.

David Villa's arrival from Valencia has led some to suggest that Ibrahimovic's time at the Camp Nou has already come to an end.

OFFICIAL: Cagliari release Allegri
18.6 || webmaster

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Cagliari have released Max Allegri from his contract with the club, allowing the Serie A Coach of the Year to join Milan as expected.

Allegri was sacked in April after he became 'distracted' amid speculation about his future. However, he remained on Cagliari's payroll.

It's no secret that Milan made Allegri their No 1 choice to replace Leonardo who left San Siro at the end of last season.

However, until now they have been frustrated in their efforts to hire him by Cagliari's reluctance to rescind his existing contract.

A statement on Cagliari's website read: “Despite the bitterness and the disappointment left by the scarce involvement shown by the Coach Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season, President Massimo Cellino has decided to free him following a request made by Milan.

“Cagliari have not asked for any financial compensation considering the impossibility of quantifying the value of feelings.”

Earlier this month, Cellino appointed Cesena boss Pierpaolo Bisoli as Allegri's replacement.

Allegri grows closer to AC Milan
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Milan have held productive talks with Cagliari about the prospect of appointing Serie A Coach of the Year Max Allegri, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

Earlier this week, it looked as if Milan were about to abandon their efforts to hire Allegri out of frustration with Cagliari President Massimo Cellino.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani wasn't able to get hold of Cellino who had been playing hardball in previous negotiations.

Cellino sacked Allegri in April for becoming 'distracted' amid speculation about his future and felt betrayed after giving the 42-year-old his big break in the top flight.

Despite being dismissed, Allegri is still under contract at Sant'Elia and Milan have been trying to release him from that arrangement throughout the last month.

Il Corriere understands Galliani had a telephone conversation with Cellino yesterday, which appears to have defused the situation.

Cellino is prepared to let Allegri go if Milan renew certain co-ownership deals involving some of their players.

'Cautious optimism' over Pirlo
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There is “cautious optimism” over Andrea Pirlo’s calf strain and he could make his 2010 World Cup debut against Slovakia.

The midfielder almost missed out on the tournament when he suffered a left calf strain, but has been undergoing intensive treatment.

“We are continuing the therapy and this morning Andrea underwent a scan that confirmed the improvement of the muscle,” said Professor Enrico Castellacci.

“We do not want to push through the recovery any quicker than is necessary, as the calf muscle is very delicate, but things are going well.

“The time-frame ought to be for a return against Slovakia or in the second round. There is cautious optimism, we hope he can soon start training with the ball again.”

Italy’s next match is with New Zealand on Sunday, while the Slovakia encounter is on June 24.

AC Milan grow impatient with Allegri deal
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Milan are growing impatient with Cagliari President Massimo Cellino's intransigence over Max Allegri.

Milan have made Allegri their No 1 choice to replace Leonardo who left by mutual consent at the end of last season.

Allegri is still under contract at Cagliari despite being sacked for growing 'distracted' in April.

Mediaset understands Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani was supposed to have a meeting with Cellino, but the latter has yet to return from Miami and has given no indication as to when he will return.

Galliani is apparently so frustrated that he is prepared to break off all negotiations with Cellino and abandon Allegri.

Milan's fans are equally annoyed, partly because they can't believe a club of Milan's stature can't get the Coach they so dearly want.

Mediaset claims that Galliani has already got in touch with Leonardo to see if the Brazilian would be prepared to return.

The rescission of his contract has yet to be presented to the League, leaving the door open for a dramatic return.

Huntelaar playing for his future
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La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's performance at this summer's World Cup will determine whether Milan keep him or not.

The 26-year-old Holland international endured a tough first season at San Siro, scoring just seven goals in 30 appearances for the Rossoneri.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is unsure what to do with Huntelaar as he formulates his plans for next season.

The Rossoneri are keen not to spend much money in pre-season, looking to the existing squad for reassurances.

However, there is a sense that Milan need another striker if they are to bridge the gap with Inter and it remains to be seen whether Huntelaar is capable of filling that role.

La Gazzetta feels Milan are in a win-win situation when it comes to Huntelaar, as if he scores goals in South Africa his confidence will shoot up and a different player might turn up at training in July.

Alternatively, if he starts scoring, his value in the transfer market will increase, allowing Milan to cash in on him and pursue other options.

Paloschi caught in the middle
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Milan are unsure whether to bring Alberto Paloschi back from Parma and focus on him or sell the player outright, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 20-year-old striker has been in Parma for two years as part of a co-ownership deal which comes up for review on June 25.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has already ruled out the renewal of that arrangement for a third season.

Both clubs have little money to spend, but Paloschi's case is interesting because it will reveal a lot about the future Milan.

The Rossoneri have to sell in order to buy, but their new philosophy is to focus on young players like Paloschi.

La Gazzetta understands Milan would prefer not to lose a potential star in the making who already knows what it means to play for the club having come through its academy.

Apparently the key is to sell Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in order to provide some of the finance to re-sign Paloschi.

Pirlo tries different treatments
13.6 || webmaster

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Andrea Pirlo is undergoing a series of different treatments to rush his recovery from a calf strain.

The Italy midfielder will remain in the 23-man squad after alternate Andrea Cossu was sent home last night.

He was originally ruled out for two to three weeks after suffering the injury in his left leg and hopes to be fit for the third group game against Slovakia.

Pirlo has already been subjected to a series of cures to help the muscle recover more rapidly.

These include laser treatments, hyperthermia treatment induced by microwave diathermy and Tecar therapy.

It is reported in the Gazzetta dello Sport that the latest system used to help Pirlo’s recovery is ARP Wave.

This is a form of electrotherapy that sends a current deep within the tissues being treated.

The system has been used by both Milan and Fiorentina.

Gattuso announces Italy retirement
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Gennaro Gattuso has announced he will retire from international duty after the World Cup. “I dream of being the Italy Coach, though.”

The Milan midfielder has decided to hang up his Azzurri boots following this experience in South Africa, joining Fabio Cannavaro.

“It is only right, for the way I see football, that at the age of 33 I step aside and give more space for players who have better physical stamina,” he explained in a Press conference.

“As a player it will be my last World Cup, but then I have a dream of one day leading the Nazionale to this tournament as a Coach.”

It has not been a vintage season for Gattuso, who suffered from a series of injury problems.

“I wake up without pain now and can train regularly. Undoubtedly I had a very tough campaign, but Marcello Lippi gave me this chance and I must be ready.

“For 11 years I was accustomed to playing every game. I played the Confederations Cup with half a leg working and after the knee injury often played despite not being 100 per cent. Now I am fine and feel good.

“I know that I am still important for this squad, otherwise I would’ve asked Lippi to leave me behind. I need to have enthusiasm in my work, otherwise I don’t feel happy with myself and would rather be at home fishing.”

Many say Gattuso is already an assistant manager, as from the touchline he never stops shouting or giving directions.

“If I don’t start, then I’ll cheer on my teammates. It is an honour for me to wear the Azzurri jersey and there’s nothing better. I would’ve come to South Africa just as a water boy.

“I don’t feel that I am a touchline captain. I gladly give advice to the younger players, but we already have Cannavaro as the captain.”

However, Rino is concerned at Monday’s opener with Paraguay and questions the lessons learned from their 2-1 friendly defeat to Mexico.

“We mustn’t fall into the trap of provocation. It was said that Mexico beat us because of their superior fitness training schedule at the time, but the truth is that we also suffer against that type of team.”

'Luis Fabiano isn't thinking about AC Milan'
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Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano is concentrating on Brazil's World Cup campaign amid interest from Milan, according to his agent.

The 29-year-old has been strongly linked with the Rossoneri in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, Fabiano said that he would relish the opportunity to play alongside Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho.

However, his agent, Jose Fuentes, has discouraged talk of a deal being done anytime soon.

Speaking to Tutto Mercato Web, Fuentes said: “At least for the moment I have not received any call on Milan's behalf.”

When asked if Milan had contacted Sevilla, he replied: “I exclude that possibility. I would be aware of something.

“At the moment there is nothing concrete. The player is only thinking about the World Cup.”

AC Milan to sacrifice Ronaldinho?
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Milan are toying with the idea of selling Ronaldinho this summer, according to a report in Tuttosport.

The Turin-based daily is suggesting that the Brazilian could be sacrificed in a bid to generate transfer funds and to cut the wage bill.

The Rossoneri are reportedly finding it difficult to attract high enough bidders in their attempts to offload Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

As a result, the club are understood to be assessing the possibility of releasing the former Barcelona player this summer instead.

It’s unclear what sort of fee the European giants could demand for the 29-year-old player who has returned to form over the last 12 months.

Ronaldinho reportedly earns around €9m a season with the Diavolo, although his sale could be unpopular with fans after the exits of Andriy Shevchenko and Kaka in recent years.

This week Alexandre Pato suggested that his Milan future would depend on whether the club kept or sold Ronaldinho.

Parma want Paloschi stay
12.6 || webmaster

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Parma have confirmed that they will talk to Milan in an attempt to keep hold of Alberto Paloschi for a third successive season.

The Under-21 international joined the Ducali in the summer of 2008 on a co-ownership basis after scoring two goals in seven Serie A games for the Rossoneri in 2007-08.

Paloschi subsequently helped fire the Gialloblu back into the First Division and Parma successfully managed to keep him for 2009-10. Now they want the same thing to happen yet again.

“He is an important attacker,” said Tardini chief Tommaso Ghirardi. “I always talk to Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani in the summer and will do again from today.

“Paloschi is a very important player for us…”

The 20-year-old delivered four goals in 17 games this season after two notable injuries kept him on the sidelines.

Pirlo calf injury results 'comforting'
10.6 || webmaster

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Andrea Pirlo’s latest tests on his calf strain are “comforting,” according to the Italy medical staff.

The Milan midfielder is at risk for the World Cup after picking up the muscular injury during training last week.

He was initially ruled out for two to three weeks and is expected to return for the third group game against Slovakia.

“The results of today’s tests were comforting,” said Professor Enrico Castellacci following a course of intensive physiotherapy on the left calf muscle.

It is now increasingly unlikely that Pirlo will be dropped for the tournament in South Africa.

Mauro Camoranesi is also back in full training with the rest of the squad after his knee injury.

Andrea Cossu has flown to South Africa as an alternate to the 23-man squad and can still be added as late as June 13.

That is the day before the opener against Paraguay.

'Pato is not for sale'
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Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani insists that Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato is not for sale this summer.

Earlier this week, the 20-year-old hinted that his future was uncertain, but he has since clarified his comments.

When asked for his reaction, Galliani said: “I will not make any judgement a player's words… What did he say?

“I won't comment on the comments that come from South Africa. I haven't even read them… Pato has a contract with Milan until 2014.”

Galliani then confirmed that Milan are in negotiations to hire Massimiliano Allegri.

“Everybody knows who the next Milan Coach is: when he free himself from Cagliari, if he frees himself from Cagliari, it's certainly Allegri.

“I won't lose patience. Allegri is a Coach tied to Cagliari until June 30, 2011. It doesn't depend on me. It depends on Massimo Cellino.

“I don't know what Cellino is thinking. Right now he is in Miami and I will see him next week. The relationship with him is very good.

“When he returns we will resolve the problem. Milan's training camp starts on July 20.”

Pato: 'I'm staying at AC Milan'
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Alexandre Pato has reassured Milan fans that he intends to stay at the club amid speculation about his future.

The 20-year-old Brazilian striker hinted at leaving yesterday while on a charity initiative with Nike in South Africa.

When asked to clarify his comments, Pato said: “There is no problem. I will stay at Milan because I want to win something important.

“I want and the Champions League and the Scudetto.”

However, Pato did appear to have one condition.

“The important thing is that Ronaldinho stays,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Finally, Pato was once again asked for his reaction to being snubbed by Brazil boss Dunga.

“I'm not sad about Dunga's decision and I will support Brazil.”

Allegri to join AC Milan next week?
10.6 || webmaster

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Massimiliano Allegri is expected to join Milan next week but only after talks with Cagliari President Massimo Cellino.

The 42-year-old Serie A Coach of the Year is expected to replace Leonardo at San Siro this summer after Adriano Galliani convinced Silvio Berlusconi to hire him.

However, despite being sacked by the club in April, Allegri is still under contract at Cagliari until June 2011.

His relationship with Cellino has deteriorated rapidly, as the Cagliari patron feels betrayed after keeping faith in him following a difficult start to life at Sant'Elia.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands Allegri will meet with Cellino before going on holiday to New York next week in order to rescind his contract.

Cagliari have already found a replacement for Allegri in Cesena's highly-rated tactician Pierpaolo Bisoli, so there is nothing blocking negotiations.

La Gazzetta believes Allegri will 'almost certainly' join Milan on June 15 or June 17.

Pato unsure of his future
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Milan striker Alexandre Pato says it's too soon to tell whether he will stay at the club this summer.

The 20-year-old Brazilian is currently in South Africa, although not for the World Cup, but a charity project sponsored by Nike.

When asked about his future, Pato said: “Right now it's too soon to say if I am staying at Milan.

“I only want to talk about these things after July 20. I am not even following Milan's business in the transfer market.

“I have come to South Africa for this charity project and to support Brazil blowing my vuvuzela.”

Pato then reflected on not being included in Brazil's 23-man squad.

“Even if Dunga didn't call me, I am happy to be in South Africa because I came for this initiative,” he concluded.

Maldini: 'Coach not AC Milan's problem'
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Paolo Maldini has torn into his former club after Leonardo’s exit. “The problem at Milan is not the Coach.”

The Rossoneri are set to bring in ex-Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri after Leonardo considered himself “incompatible” with President Silvio Berlusconi.

“Allegri did very well at Cagliari and I hope he can do just as well at Milan,” said Maldini.

“However, at this moment the real problem is not the Coach, but closing the gap on other clubs and for that we need new players.

“Juventus are investing heavily, Inter are already strong and still want to pour more money into the squad.

“It is a tricky time in the transfer market and Milan seem eager to limit themselves to relatively cheap exchange deals. The fans have to get used to that.

“In these circumstances, though, it becomes very difficult to close the gap on the other sides.”

Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani have declared Milan’s new plan to bring in more players through the youth system.

“Talents cost money,” warned Maldini, who made his debut aged 16. “There is so much talk about the youth team, but these lads are not ready for a dangerous League like Serie A.”

The legend has been linked with a job in the new Italy set-up as a director in Cesare Prandelli’s staff.

“I read that in the newspapers too, but up until now there has been no type of proposal. I only collaborated with the FIGC in helping to promote the Euro 2016 candidacy.

“President Giancarlo Abete is open to any type of collaboration and so am I, so we’ll see. I am doing my own thing at the moment and will evaluate every offer on an individual basis, depending on what I want to do.”

AC Milan inquire about Ganso
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Milan have made inquiries about Santos' highly-rated attacking midfielder Ganso, according to the player's agent Sabatino Durante.

The 20-year-old was recently named Brazil's Young Player of the Year and has been likened to former Milan idol Ricky Kaka.

Speaking to, Durante said: “There is concrete interest in the player and Milan have seen him many times. But I believe that Milan must first look at their budget. The Milan of three or four years ago would have probably signed Ganso in two minutes.

“Ganso's valuation is reasonable. The President of Santos is asking for €25m. This is the demand. Ganso likes Milan a lot.

“For a Brazilian speaking about Milan is like speaking about home because of the many Brazilians who have been at Milan. But this does not mean he can't move to other teams.

“I heard from Adriano Galliani 10 days ago but for other situations. It's a deal that has yet to be put on the table.”

Huntelaar: 'I'm not moving'
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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar insists he isn't leaving Milan this summer despite reports to the contrary.

Tottenham are said to be interested in the Holland international striker who had a disappointing first season at San Siro.

“I see my name in the Italian newspapers and I don't understand why,” Huntelaar said when asked to comment on the speculation.

“I would like to know who has said that I will be sold, because it doesn't seem like anyone from the club has said anything.

“No other club interests me: my agent has never spoken about a transfer and I want to stay at Milan.

“I will not leave Milan until I have demonstrated my worth.”

Tottenham hot for Huntelaar
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Tottenham Hotspur are said to be lining up bids for Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Udinese’s Jonathan Mensah.

After qualifying for the Champions League preliminary round, Spurs are eager to increase their attacking potential.

The Mail on Sunday claims that Harry Redknapp has pinpointed Huntelaar as the ideal candidate.

If they can offer around £12m, then it’s likely the Rossoneri will accept in order to redirect the funds towards Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano.

Huntelaar had a disappointing first season in Serie A, scoring seven goals in 21 games, most of them coming on as a substitute.

The Dutchman also failed to find a regular tactical position within the Milan squad, but Spurs face competition from Benfica.

Tottenham are looking to Serie A for their defence as well, as it’s reported they’re battling Aston Villa for Udinese youngster Mensah.

The 19-year-old Ghanaian will be at the World Cup this summer, but spent last season on loan at Spanish side Granada.

AC Milan consider Lucas Barrios bid
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Milan are reportedly lining up a bid for €30m-rated Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios.

According to German newspaper Bild, the 25-year-old Paraguayan is a new target for the Rossoneri.

Borussia’s €30m price-tag is considered far too high, even though he is under contract until 2014.

“There has been no formal proposal from Milan,” insisted director Michael Zorc.

Calcio viewers will be able to have a closer look at Barrios when he faces Italy in the World Cup.

The Azzurri face Paraguay in the opening game on Monday June 14.

He only became eligible to play for Paraguay in April due to his mother’s nationality, as he was born in Argentina.

Barrios is known as La Pantera – the Panther – and Borussia are his first European club after spells with Argentinos Juniors, Tigre, Temuco, Tiro Federal, Cobreloa, Atlas and Colo-Colo.

Pirlo 'out for two to three weeks'
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Andrea Pirlo will be out for “two to three weeks,” warned medical staff, so Andrea Cossu flies to South Africa with the squad as an alternate.

Cossu was already on stand-by when Mauro German Camoranesi picked up a knee injury, but the Juventus man is expected to be fit for the opener with Paraguay on June 14.

The same cannot be said of Pirlo, who pulled up during Friday’s training session with a calf strain.

“We will take the medical tests one day at a time and keep a constant monitor on his situation,” explained Professor Enrico Castellacci.

“For this type of injury you generally expect to be out for 15-20 days, but it depends on the individual physique of the player.

“We think he could recover for a few games. It’s up to the Coach to decide, as all we can do is give a medical opinion.”

The Italy squad travelled out to Geneva for tonight’s friendly with Switzerland, kick-off at 19.45 UK time.

Marcello Lippi is expected to make massive changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Mexico on Thursday evening.

Christian Maggio does get his chance at right-back, while Giorgio Chiellini returns from injury to partner Salvatore Bocchetti.

Giampaolo Pazzini leads the 4-2-3-1 system with support from Simone Pepe, Riccardo Montolivo and Fabio Quagliarella.

Among the Swiss side are some familiar faces, such as Sampdoria defender Reto Ziegler, Udinese midfielder Gokhan Inler and former Lazio man Valon Behrami.

Four of the five players cut from Italy’s final list of 23 have now left the training camp as planned.

Only Cagliari trequartista Cossu remains, as he is considered an alternate for both Camoranesi and Pirlo.

He could also fly to South Africa with the squad on June 8, but Mattia Cassani, Marco Borriello, Giuseppe Rossi and Salvatore Sirigu have now left.

Probable line-ups
Switzerland: 1 Benaglio; 2 Lichtsteiner, 4 Senderos, 13 Grichting, 17 Ziegler; 11 Behrami, 8 Inler, 6 Huggel, 7 Barnetta; 9 Frei, 10 Nkufo
Italy: 12 Marchetti, 2 Maggio, 13 Bocchetti, 4 Chiellini, 19 Zambrotta, 8 Gattuso, 17 Palombo, 7 Pepe, 22 Montolivo, 18 Quagliarella, 20 Pazzini

Pirlo's World Cup at risk
5.6 || webmaster

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Andrea Pirlo has suffered a calf injury that could rule him out of the World Cup later this month.

The Italy international midfielder is believed to have sustained a second-degree strain of his left calf muscle.

He has left Italy's training camp and returned home to recover under the watchful eye of the Azzurri's chief medic Enrico Castellacci.

“Pirlo's is an injury that worries me, but luckily there is time,” Castellacci said.

“However, everybody reacts differently and Pirlo will be monitored on a daily basis.”

Pirlo is the latest influential player to suffer what could be a World Cup-ending injury today alone.

Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba are both serious doubts after suffering knee and elbow injuries respectively.

Inzaghi has faith in AC Milan
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Milan striker Pippo Inzaghi says that he has confidence in Silvio Berlusconi's ability to make the club competitive again.

Berlusconi has come under fire from Milan's supporters recently as it looks increasingly likely the club will be prudent again in the transfer market.

Interviewed on Sky Italia, Inzaghi said: “Milan will get back to doing what they've always done.

“The fans are used to us doing well. It's normal to suffer a little but we are in good hands with Berlusconi and Galliani.

“We'll get back to being competitive because this is a strong and true group of players.”

Inzaghi was then asked for his reaction to speculation that Massimiliano Allegri is due to take over from Leonardo at Milanello.

“Playing against his teams has always been difficult and all the players who have played under Allegri speak well of him.

“He reminds me of Ancelotti in his way of doing things.”

AC Milan cool Luis Fabiano link
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Source: Football Italia

Milan have admitted that they won’t sign Luis Fabiano, or any other striker, unless they first sell one of their forwards.

The Rossoneri are again being linked with the Brazilian a year after coming so close to grabbing his signature.

However, Vice-President Adriano Galliani has insisted that there is currently no room in the squad for the Sevilla man.

“We are well placed with centre-forwards given that we have Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Marco Borriello and Pippo Inzaghi,” said the official.

“If somebody doesn’t leave then Luis Fabiano can’t arrive. But if somebody departs then they will be replaced…

“Every player that leaves this summer will see a new player come in.

“It’s already happened with the expired contracts of Nelson Dida and Giuseppe Favalli as they’ve been replaced by Marco Storari and Mario Yepes.”

The Selecao international is reportedly available for €10m just 12 months after he was valued at €18m by the Spanish club.

He is a serious contender to be signed as Huntelaar, who Milan opted for instead last year, is being linked with a move away.

Tottenham and Benfica are understood to have already been in contact with the Italian giants over the Dutchman.

Friendly: Montreal Impact 1:4 AC Milan
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Source: Football Italia

Milan have concluded their tour of North America with a thumping 4-1 victory over Canadian side Montreal Impact.

After the 3-2 defeat to DC United and the 1-0 victory over Chicago Fire, Milan outclassed Impact in front of over 47,000 supporters.

Alexandre Pato put Milan ahead after 12 minutes, dispatching an assist from Clarence Seedorf. Impact then equalised just five minutes later, but Pippo Inzaghi restored his side's advantage midway through the first half with a classy finish.

In the second half, Mauro Tassotti made several changes, but it was Seedorf and Ronaldinho who sealed the victory, the Brazilian winning and then scoring a penalty with nine minutes remaining.

Milan are now on their way back to Italy, although some of the players have gone on to holiday in Miami or the Bahamas.

Allegri won't join AC Milan until July
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Source: Football Italia

Milan won't be able to hire Massimiliano Allegri until July because Cagliari aren't prepared to resolve his contract until the last moment.

Cagliari fired Allegri in April on the basis that he had become 'distracted', but the Serie A Coach of the Year is still on their payroll.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that Cagliari President Massimo Cellino now wants to make Allegri pay for disrespecting him.

Cagliari have already hired Allegri's replacement, Pierpaolo Bisoli, so there is nothing stopping Cellino from resolving his contract.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is prepared to wait because training doesn't officially start until July 20.

Meanwhile, Allegri is set to go to New York on holiday, but he has apparently outlined the players he would like Milan to sign.

At the top of the list is a full-back - either Ajax's Gregory van der Wiel or Tottenham's Gareth Bale.

He has also told the club not to sell Mathieu Flamini who could become important under Allegri.

AC Milan renew interest in Luis Fabiano
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Source: Football Italia

Milan have renewed their interest in Sevilla's Brazilian international striker Luis Fabiano according to Il Corriere dell Sport.

The Rossoneri were strongly linked with a move for the 29-year-old whose strike-rate for Brazil is very impressive.

Fabiano has scored 25 goals in 36 matches for the Selecao and is among the favourites for the Golden Boot at this summer's tournament.

Earlier this week, he said that he didn't see any reason why he shouldn't join Milan as Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho are his friends.

Milan considered Fabiano too expensive last summer and ended up signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Real Madrid instead.

The Holland international has flopped and Milan are now trying to sell him to Benfica, although the Portuguese champions are only prepared to pay €12m.

Fabiano was valued at €18m last summer, but he only has a year left on his contract, so his price has come down quite a lot.

However, Milan will have to move quick as it will shoot up again if Fabiano has a good World Cup.

AC Milan make Bale a priority
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Source: Football Italia

Milan are looking to sign a full-back this summer and have set their sights on Tottenham's Gareth Bale, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Rossoneri have already scouted a number of potential candidates, like Ajax's Gregory Van der Wiel, but at €15m the Dutch international costs too much.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has since turned his attention to Bale who had a fantastic season at White Hart Lane, performing best as a winger.

La Gazzetta understands that Milan are prepared to offer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in exchange for the Wales international who is being valued at €14m.

Milan are already making way for a new arrival at full-back by planning the sale of Massimo Oddo, possibly back to Lazio.

If their efforts to sign Bale are in vain, Galliani will inquire about Real Madrid's Brazilian Marcelo who could be surplus to requirements under Jose Mourinho despite making progress last season.

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