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June 2012

Preziosi: 'AC Milan won't sign Destro'
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi has told Milan they cannot sign Mattia Destro or Miguel Veloso. “Inter have the priority with me.”

Adriano Galliani met with Preziosi on Friday evening and said they “might sign Destro,” but the player is co-owned between Genoa and Siena.

“We lost the opportunity with Siena to avoid co-ownership and are now stuck here,” Preziosi told Sky Sport Italia.

“While Siena co-own his rights, we will not be negotiating his sale with anyone. Siena must first sell him to us, otherwise he will stay there.

“We were joking around with Galliani and also mentioned Destro, but there is no possibility of them entering the race.

“Inter have the priority with me, because they have been interested for a long time. If the conditions didn’t appear for an Inter move, then other options would come in.”

There were also reports that Milan were in negotiations for Genoa midfielder Miguel Veloso.

“We absolutely did not talk about him with Galliani. I think Veloso is by now outside of our football, as he did not deliver in Italy. It’s probably better for him to join another club in another country.

“We are in negotiations with a club in Russia to sell Andreas Granqvist and he could leave on Monday.”

AC Milan close to Diarra
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are reportedly close to securing Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra after his talks with Spartak Moscow broke down.

The French midfielder is among those surplus to requirements in Jose Mourinho’s Liga champions.

He had been heavily linked with a switch to Spartak Moscow, but it is now rumoured those negotiations have hit problems.

Milan are not eager to take on Diarra’s wages, but according to Spanish sources Real will help to push through the move.

The Madrid side will give him a farewell bonus of €2m, which can then be used to smooth over the lower wages.

Montolivo: 'I can't wait!'
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Riccardo Montolivo prepares for the Euro 2012 Final against Spain by stating he “can’t wait to belt out the anthem with millions of Italians.”

The Azzurri play for the trophy in Kiev on Sunday evening and Montolivo took to his Twitter account to express his sensations.

“Tomorrow will be the most difficult challenge... I can’t wait to belt out the anthem along with millions of Italians in the city streets and in front of the television. Come on Italy!”

The half-German midfielder had also written a message after Thursday’s 2-1 semi-final victory over Germany.

“Just one word... IMMENSE. The dream continues! The final chapter of the Euros. We are already there with our heads and legs. BELIEVE!”

AC Milan: 'We might sign Destro'
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani has confirmed Milan “might bring in Mattia Destro” after negotiations with Siena and Genoa.

The striker is co-owned by Siena and Genoa, but has been linked with Italy’s top clubs over the past couple of weeks.

“Thiago Silva will stay at Milan and we might bring in Destro,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

On Friday evening reports emerged that the Rossoneri had joined the race that already included Roma, Inter and Juventus.

“Milan are a great club, so their interest is not surprising,” Siena director of sport Stefano Antonelli told Sky Sport Italia.

“I would be honoured to keep Destro, as he is one of the brightest young talents in Italy, but we know it would be tough.”

Up until now Roma had been the most likely candidates to take Destro, though Siena deny this.

“There are no favourites in the race. Every club can speak to us or with Genoa. There are many clubs interested and Roma are among them.”

West Ham in for Seedorf
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Clarence Seedorf could be set for a go at the Premier League, with West Ham United having reportedly offered him a contract.

The Dutchman recently confirmed that he would be leaving Milan after a decade with the Rossoneri and hinted that he would like to play in England, if the opportunity presented itself.

Having played in the Netherlands, Spain and Italy, the 36-year-old could get his wish, with newly-returned top-flight outfit West Ham.

Reports in Italy suggest that the Hammers have approached Seedorf with a one-year contract offer. This follows on from earlier rumours on Friday that linked Tottenham Hotspur with the veteran, and his agent’s assertion that a decision is imminent.

Seedorf is currently on holiday in the United States and has spent the past week training with former Milan teammate David Beckham’s current side LA Galaxy.

'Cassano OK for the final'
29.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Antonio Cassano has been given a clean bill of health for Italy ahead of the Euro 2012 final with Spain this Sunday.

There were doubts over his capacity to play a part from the start of the final against the Spanish in Kiev this weekend, after the player picked up a knee injury during the semi-final win over Germany.

However, Azzurri team doctor Enrico Castellacci has assured reporters that the Milan man will be fine.

“There was a slight twist in the knee for Cassano. However, from a clinical viewpoint there is no need to worry, there is no ligament damage.

“In the final against Spain we will see him.”

Castellacci also confirmed that Ignazio Abate and Mario Balotelli will both also be available for selection against Spain.

Didac Vila wants AC Milan chance
29.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Didac Vila has more than Benfica and Valencia interested in his services this summer, but is hoping to stay with Milan, confirms his agent.

The young Spaniard is back with the Rossoneri this summer after a 12-month loan spell at former club Espanyol, who the Italians originally bought the player from in January 2011.

After impressing last term in Spain’s Primera Division, the former Under-21 international is again attracting interested, but in reiterating a point made by Adriano Galliani, the player’s agent has confirmed that he will only be sold if a suitable offer comes in, otherwise he will be with the San Siro side for 2012-13.

“What is certain is that at this time the loan with Espanyol has ended and he is back at the club, but we will see if he will remain there,” commented Raul Verdu to on Friday.

“Benfica and Valencia are certainly interested in him, but they are not the only ones. There are several teams looking at the boy.

“There are two options - either he will remain with Milan, or will be sold outright. He wants to return to Milan and to stay there.

“But, all doors are open, so for now we know that he will return to Milan, but that if an offer of interest came in, then it would be considered.

“I have spoken with the club and they have given me the green light to return the player to them, whilst if there is someone ready to make a offer that presents a win-win situation, then we’ll see.”

Bronzetti: 'Diarra will join AC Milan'
29.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra will leave Spain for Italian giants Milan this summer, says agent Ernesto Bronzetti.

“Diarra is on holiday in America right now,” Bronzetti told Marca. “However, as soon as he is back, he’ll find an agreement with Milan.”

The 27-year-old has been at Real since his 2009 transfer from Portsmouth. He’s also played for clubs such as Le Havre, Chelsea and Arsenal.

FIFA agent Bronzetti works closely with the Liga outfit and has a good relationship with Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

Robinho could be sold by AC Milan
29.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Italian giants Milan will reportedly consider any offers for Brazilian striker Robinho this summer.

The forward could be made available for transfer after a problematic 2011-12 campaign which saw him score just six goals in 28 League games.

Robinho is one of the highest earners at the club given that the Diavolo pay out €6m a season in salary. He is contracted at San Siro until June 2014.

The former Real Madrid man joined the Italian outfit in the summer of 2010 after a spell in England with Manchester City.

Former club Santos have been linked with a swoop in the past, while Spanish club Malaga have the finances to make a €10m offer.

Nesta talking to Toronto
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Former Lazio and Milan man Alessandro Nesta is reportedly in talks with Toronto FC over a move to the MLS side.

The 36-year-old centre-back, who confirmed in May his departure from San Siro after 10 years, is understood this summer to be angling for a move to the States.

Whilst indications earlier this week suggested that had not panned out as expected, are suggesting that Toronto officials are looking to reignite interest in the veteran, with the club promising a ‘significant’ signing very soon.

It also follows that Nesta was spotted at Toronto’s game last night against Montreal Impact, where he sat in the crowd with Montreal players Matteo Ferrari and Bernardo Corradi.

Seedorf set to reveal his future
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Clarence Seedorf has been training with the LA Galaxy, but that doesn’t mean that they will be his next club.

The Dutchman has been linked with the MLS outfit after the 36-year-old brought an end to his 10-year stay at Milan.

“He has been enjoying training at LA Galaxy, but I can't say if that has anything to do with his future career decision,” agent Deborah Martin told Lancenet.

“I can say he is enjoying the time he’s been spending in California.

“Seedorf is very close to making his decision,” Martin added. “In fact, he has been doing this every day and his decision will be made soon – by Monday at the latest.”

The midfielder – formerly of Ajax, Real Madrid, Sampdoria and Inter – has been paired with clubs in Europe, America and Brazil.

Constant hopes to be AC Milan quality
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Kevin Constant is hoping that he is good enough to win the faith of Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri during the new campaign.

The midfielder will join the Diavolo on loan from Genoa and underwent his medical near Varese earlier today.

“The first move by Milan for me happened about two weeks ago,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to wear the Milan jersey.

“All of Milan’s players are great and I hope that I can prove my worth in order to get a game. Let’s see what happens in pre-season.”

Constant, who added that he will be supporting Italy and his new teammates in tonight’s Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany, is a Guinea international.

The 25-year-old has been in Italy since his 2010 switch from Chateauroux to Chievo Verona. He joined Genoa in July 2011.

Acerbi and Constant have medicals
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Francesco Acerbi and Kevin Constant underwent their Milan medicals earlier today ahead of their moves from Genoa.

The two players attended a facility in Busto Arstizio, in the province of Varese, where they had a series of tests.

Defender Acerbi has been netted on a co-ownership deal with Genoa after the latter signed him outright from Chievo.

Midfielder Constant has also been picked up to deal with the six-month absence of Sulley Muntari after he underwent knee ligament surgery.

The latter has joined the Diavolo on loan.

Cigarini on AC Milan radar
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are amongst a number of clubs interested in the services of the Napoli-owned midfielder Luca Cigarini.

The 26-year-old’s future is in doubt after his loan stint at Atalanta came to an end at the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign.

“There has been no meeting with Milan, but the Rossoneri are interested,” agent Giovanni Bia claimed in an interview with Sport Italia.

“Atalanta want to keep him, however there is also interest in the player from Rubin Kazan and Fiorentina.”

The playmaker, who is a product of the Parma youth system, moved to Napoli in 2009, but struggled to settle. He spent the 2010-11 campaign on loan at Sevilla.

Cassano set to start for Italy
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Antonio Cassano will reportedly start alongside Mario Balotelli in tonight’s Euro 2012 semi-final between Italy and Germany.

Stories yesterday suggested that boss Cesare Prandelli was pondering a change in attack, with the Milan man set to be replaced in the line-up by Bologna’s Alessandro Diamanti.

However, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Bari, Roma and Sampdoria enigma will again make the starting line-up for the fifth game running.

The Gazzetta suggests that Prandelli will make just one change to the team which beat England on penalties in the last round.

Juventus stopper Giorgio Chiellini will return after injury, but the centre-back will be fielded on the left in place of Palermo’s Federico Balzaretti.

Ignazio Abate and Daniele De Rossi should also start the game despite concerns that they would not be fit for the clash.

Italy possible: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Marchisio, Pirlo, De Rossi; Montolivo; Cassano, Balotelli

'No guarantee' of Ibrahimovic staying says Raiola
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Agent Mino Raiola is stirring up trouble today, insisting Mario Balotelli wouldn’t want an Italy return and he “won’t guarantee” Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Milan stay.

The representative is well known for hitting the headlines with his interviews and was on fine form with SportMediaset.

“This is not the time for Balotelli to return to Italy,” said Raiola. “Manchester City consider him to be off the market and Mario has no intention of returning to Serie A until it has improved its position.

“Have you seen the state of your football recently? The top players can’t come there with the economic situation being what it is.

“You’ll have to ask Manchester City and Roberto Mancini if they change their minds and want to sell, but I don’t think that is their intention. Today City and the manager are focusing on Mario. They could change their minds tomorrow, but then we would adapt.”

Raiola also represents Ibrahimovic and assured everyone the Swede would not be leaving Milan only yesterday, but has already changed his tune.

“Zlatan is a Milan player. If you want to know his future, then ask Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani. I won’t put my hand over a flame and guarantee he’ll stay.”

El Shaarawy wants more action
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Stephan El Shaarawy won’t be content with a bench role at Milan during the 2012-13 campaign.

The 19-year-old moved to the Diavolo last summer, scoring four goals in 28 games across all competitions for the Diavolo.

“I expect to play in more games next season,” the teenager told Sky Sport Italia. “And I hope that we can battle for the Scudetto and the Champions League.

“Juventus had a great season and they intend to mirror what they achieved by strengthening the squad this summer.

“It will be hard to overtake them next term, but we have an excellent squad and we’ll do all that is possible to come out on top.”

El Shaarawy is now 100 per cent a Milan player after the Rossoneri signed Genoa’s half share in him earlier this month.

The forward, born to an Italian mother and an Egyptian father, is an Italian Under-21 international.

Muntari could face AC Milan fine
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Sulley Muntari has admitted that there is the possibility that he could be fined by Milan for picking up a serious injury on holiday.

The midfielder damaged knee ligaments during a kick-around which will see him sidelined for the next six months.

“It happened while I was playing with some friends on a football field,” the former Inter player told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is right to be angry about it, but he has assured me that the club will wait for me to return to full fitness.

“I’m disappointed, but it will now be up to the club to decide whether they fine me or not.”

There were reports over the weekend that the former Udinese man could have his wages cut while unavailable for action.

Muntari only joined the Diavolo in January after some difficult seasons with the Beneamata.

Montolivo warns Germany
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Half-German Riccardo Montolivo warns Italy will be “tough to beat” in the semi-final and hasn’t been put off taking penalties following his miss.

The Milan midfielder’s mother is German and he speaks the language fluently, which has seen him linked with a move to Bayern Munich in the past.

“I don’t know if I’ll start Thursday’s match, we’ll see what the Coach decides,” he said in the Press conference.

“Even if in the last two years I’ve worn the Azzurri jersey often, I never assumed that I would be first choice at Euro 2012. Obviously being on the bench in the first two games didn’t make me happy.

“I am satisfied with my performance against England, as I think I had a positive match in a difficult role. As a trequartista, you have to move between the lines and support the strikers.

“I agree with my father, who says I am a Number 8, as I prefer to play behind the ball rather than in front of it.”

The quarter-final with England was most notable for Montolivo’s missed penalty in the shoot-out.

“When you get a penalty wrong, the whole world collapses on top of you. When I got back to the centre-circle and received the embraces of my teammates, I had positive sensations, as I was convinced we’d go through regardless.

“If we went to penalties again then clearly I would go back on to the spot to take one.”

Germany are the tournament favourites, having won every single match in qualifying and during the competition proper.

“They are a solid side who have been playing together regularly, are packed with talent and done well for the last three tournaments,” continued Montolivo.

“In that sense, they have a slight advantage over Italy. However, we will be tough to beat and give everything we’ve got on the pitch.

“I really admire Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer, but as Cesare Prandelli said, Germany are not invincible. They play more football than England, so we’ll be under pressure defensively, but will also have more space in attack.

“I admit some of my heart is in Germany, as my mother is German and until the age of 15 I spent every summer with my grandparents near Hamburg. I have many friends there, but I do feel Italian.”

It is going to be a big summer for Montolivo at club level too, as he is moving to Milan on a free transfer after his contract with Fiorentina expired.

“In recent years I think I played well with Fiorentina, even if clearly it’s easier to play for the Nazionale when you’ve got teammates like Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi.

“My mission from now to next year is to prove what I’m made of, both for Italy and Milan.”

Pato considering English future
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato admits that he has a taste for English football and could be tempted into a move once his contract with Milan ends.

The Brazilian forward has been linked with a move out of Milan on and off for the past six months, after revealing in January of problems he had with Coach Massimiliano Allegri and then almost completing a switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

That move, however, was vetoed by President Silvio Berlusconi and the intention of the club is to keep the star. However, ahead of possibly representing Brazil at the London 2012 Olympics, Pato has admitted that a move to England could be on the agenda in the coming seasons.

“I love English football. I have friends who play for Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United,” the striker told The Sun this week.

“At the moment I have a real taste for playing in the UK, being in London with one month to go before the Olympics.

“My priority is to finish my contract in Milan.

“I have a lot to thank them for and my focus is to continue doing what I do, to bring joy to the fans in Milan and continue my contract until 2014. And then afterwards, who knows?”

The 22-year-old has more than once recently admitted to being ‘flattered’ by reported interest in him.

Boateng reiterates Ghana pledge
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Kevin Prince Boateng has confirmed that he has no regrets over choosing to represent Ghana over Germany at international level.

The Milan attacker will watch his brother Jerome Boateng take to the field for Die Mannschaft against Italy this Thursday for the second Euro 2012 semi-final.

Both Boateng footballers had the option of which country to play for, having been born a Ghanaian father and a German mother, but where Jerome picked the country he was born in, Kevin Prince picked the country his father had emigrated from in the early 1980s.

It is a decision that the Rossonero man does not regret, even as he turned down the chance to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“The Chancellor had invited me to have a cup of tea with her, but I had gone on vacation and could not accept,” remembered the No 27 to magazine Chi.

“I preferred to accept the offer to play for Ghana, rejecting the German shirt. Jerome, however, remained loyal to Germany.

“Even if I were able to go back, I would take that same choice. Maybe the Chancellor wanted to ask just that, to return to play for the German team. But no, it’s too late, there’s no turning back.”

Jerome and Kevin Prince were both born in Berlin but grew up in separately, with Kevin Prince enduring the harder surroundings.

“Every day I was forced to contend with gypsies, Romanians, Arabs, Croats, Russians, Albanians and people of a callous way.

“I had two options - either become a delinquent, or try to play football. I chose the latter option and it has gone well for me.”

Palermo: Balzaretti wants to stay
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Palermo Vice-President Guglielmo Micciche has reiterated Maurizio Zamparini’s stance on Federico Balzaretti, adding also that the player wants to stay.

With the left-back’s contract is up a year from now and with a renewal having yet to be signed, rumours have grown that he is angling for a move, with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Lazio and Milan all pushed towards him in recent weeks.

However, Palermo are continuing with the line that only one of those clubs has ever asked for the player and are insisting today that Balzaretti has told them of his intention to remain with the Rosanero.

“Only Napoli have been on to our player,” Micciche told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“De Laurentiis has asked, but Zamparini does not intend to sell him and anyway, Federico wants to stay.

“Balzaretti is doing very well with the national team and since joining the national team their squad has seemed more stable.

“Federico is a player of great reliability and generosity, we know what he is capable of, both in competitive terms and for quality.

“His future? There is a meeting scheduled with Alessandro Moggi, his agent. Palermo intends to extend his contract and the player, for his part, wants to stay with the Rosanero, so therefore shortly we will have the meeting with his agent to evaluate the position with the player.”

“There was a conversation between Zamparini and De Laurentiis about him, but for the moment the situation is closed because the owner has confirmed his intention to keep Balzaretti.

“PSG? There was a timid approach in January, but it ended all there. From abroad we have had no requests for him, the only one has been from Napoli.”

Agent: El Shaarawy not moving
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Stephan El Shaarawy will not be leaving Milan this summer, if the player has anything to do with it, confirms his agent.

Yesterday saw sporting director Ariedo Braida reportedly hint that the Rossoneri could send him out on loan during the summer transfer market, with Torino mentioned as a preferred destination.

However, the 19-year-old’s representative believes that the forward will be staying at San Siro next term.

“Stephan has interest from many teams and we are flattered,” Roberto La Florio told Radio Blu this Tuesday.

“But, Milan wants to keep him completely and he does not intend to leave, even on loan. The Rossoneri have not spent €20m on him so as to sell him...”

OFFICIAL: Flamini extends with AC Milan
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have confirmed that Mathieu Flamini will continue his career at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The Frenchman was set to be out of contract at the end of this month and an exit was expected for the midfielder.

However, the former Arsenal player, signed on a Bosman, has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with the Diavolo.

Whispers last night suggested that a 12-month renewal had been agreed which would see his salary reduced to €1.6m a campaign.

Thiago Silva to PSG back on?
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The Gazzetta dello Sport is suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain’s move for Thiago Silva of Milan is still possible.

The two clubs held talks earlier this month about the stopper, with the French club apparently willing to offer almost €50m for the player.

Milan considered his sale, but President Silvio Berlusconi then opted against sacrificing the Brazilian international.

However, the player is now keen to be handed a new contract at San Siro which would see him earn as much as what Paris SG were offering him.

PSG are understood to have tempted him with a switch to Ligue 1 with a five-year deal worth €7.5m a campaign.

If Milan fail to meet his demands, there is a possibility that Thiago Silva could request a transfer and end up in France before the transfer window closes.

Flamini renews with AC Milan?
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Sky Sport 24 believe that Mathieu Flamini has signed a one-year extension to his Milan contract.

The Frenchman was a free agent this summer after seeing his previous, high-cost deal with the Rossoneri run to its conclusion.

After four relatively unsuccessful years at San Siro for the former Arsenal man, due in no small part to a succession of injuries, he was expected to move on for next term.

However, reports in recent weeks suggested a change of heart from both the player and club, and as Sky Sport 24 claim today, that has resulted in a new deal being agreed.

Flamini is believed to have signed on for one more season at Milanello, at a reduced annual salary of €1.6m, which would be €2.9m less than his previous wage with the Diavolo.

Reports earlier today were contradictory to this latest development, as most outlets ran with the line that the club and player had spoken for the last time, with Flamini set to move on, and Roma named as the latest interested party.

AC Milan: El Shaarawy stays, but...
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Stephan El Shaarawy is a Milan player for the foreseeable future, reassures Milan director Ariedo Braida, but he admits that could change.

The 19-year-old was brought in from Genoa on co-ownership last summer and impressed in his first season with the Rossoneri, managing 28 appearances in all competitions and four goals scored.

However, despite only taking full ownership of the player last week, Milan have admitted through sporting director Braida that where they currently intend to keep him at the club, they may change their mind and loan him out, with Torino named as an interested party.

“At this time, El Shaarawy is not moving from Milan. Again, to avoid any misunderstandings - for the moment the situation is like this,” Braida first told on Monday.

“However, anything is possible in football, more so considering the fact that the transfer market has yet to officially open and will also be particularly long.

“Would we send El Shaarawy to Torino? If at the end of market we decide to move the boy out, who no doubt has talent, there would be no problem in sending him out to Torino.

“Cairo is also a friend, so there would be no problem at all.

“Today, El Shaarawy plays for Milan, but tomorrow the situation could change.”

AC Milan would only sell Didac Vila
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Former Spanish Under-21 left-back Didac Vila is only available on permanent transfer out of Milan, rather than on any loan deal.

The 23-year-old has just returned to the Rossoneri after a 12-month loan spell at former club Espanyol and Vice-President Adriano Galliani has warned that anyone who is interested in the prospect can only negotiate for a permanent transfer.

Just last week, Galliani confirmed that the club would not be moving for a left-back in the transfer market because of Vila’s return. However, a sale could fund a possible move for a replacement, with Federico Balzaretti linked on more than one occasion.

“I can confirm that Benfica are interested,” Galliani reflected to O Jogo on Monday about Vila, who has been linked with a move to Valencia as well.

“But, Vila will not leave us again on loan, only for a permanent transfer. Whoever wants to take him from us must pay his true value, we’ll just say no to any loan.

“Benfica has been interested in the player, but they must make a concrete proposal or withdrew their interest.”

Montolivo: Let's make history
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Riccardo Montolivo insists that Italy have the opportunity to make history after defeating England at Euro 2012.

The new Milan man missed in the shoot-out after last night’s 0-0 draw, but the Azzurri still went through 4-2 on spot-kicks.

Cesare Prandelli’s side will now take on Germany in the semi-finals on Thursday evening.

“I’m disappointed about the penalty, but we deserved the win,” the former Fiorentina captain commented.

“Now we will have to face Germany, we are ready for another battle and to enter the history books.”

The tie will be a special occasion for the midfielder given that his mother is actually German.

Nesta to return?
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Reports are gathering pace that Alessandro Nesta could return to Milan after his American dream vanished.

The veteran stopper quit the Diavolo earlier this summer after revealing that he would not renew his contract which expires at the end of this month.

The 36-year-old announced his desire to play in a less competitive championship and was linked with New York Red Bulls.

However, there has been no contact with any MLS outfit and there is the possibility that he may even consider retirement.

Nevertheless, the Corriere dello Sport is suggesting that the Rossoneri could again offer him a 12-month deal which he rejected earlier this year.

The paper suggests that Milan would only be wanting the former Lazio player to appear in 20-25 games in 2012-13.

Nesta featured in 27 matches across all competitions for Massimiliano Allegri’s outfit during the past term.

Cassano won't criticise Prandelli
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The agent of Antonio Cassano is refusing to criticise Italy boss Cesare Prandelli for taking his client off in last night’s penalty win over England.

The Milan forward was replaced by Bologna attacking midfielder Alessandro Diamanti, the man who struck home the decisive penalty.

“Cassano didn’t take a penalty? He’s taken a hundred,” Beppe Bozzo told Sky Sport Italia. “We can only thank Prandelli for waiting for him and that gave Cassano an incredible charge.”

Cassano’s place at Euro 2012 was placed into doubt late last year after he underwent minor heart surgery. He only returned to competitive action in April.

Meanwhile, Bozzo dismissed the possibility that Cassano could one day end up at former club Sampdoria again.

“I don’t think there are any problems with Milan,” added the representative. “I don’t think he’ll ever return to Samp.

“I really do not believe that there are the conditions in place for a move back to Sampdoria.”

Muntari wages halved after injury?
24.6 || webmaster

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Sulley Muntari could reportedly have his wages halved as punishment for suffering a serious knee injury while on vacation.

The Ghanaian midfielder is out for five to six months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

It’s rumoured he did the damage while playing beach soccer with friends, something that contravenes the Rossoneri guidelines.

There are now reports Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is furious and prepared to halve Muntari’s wages.

This would reduce the pay packet from €3m per season to €1.5m, the cash going to help fund a new midfielder as his replacement.

The club has already secured that figure, bringing in Kevin Constant on loan from Genoa.

Nesta: 'I've had no MLS offers'
24.6 || webmaster

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Alessandro Nesta admits he “wanted to play in the MLS, but no club contacted me with an offer,” so he could opt for retirement.

The 36-year-old walked away from Milan when his contract expired this summer and said he would continue his playing career abroad, but is still without a new club.

“I didn’t get the chance to play in the MLS,” he told “I tried, but no club contacted me with an offer.

“For now, the only place where I want to play is on a beach.”

There had been reports Nesta would be offered a new contract to stay at Milan next season, but it’s possible he’ll just hang up his boots instead.

AC Milan impose player fines
23.6 || webmaster

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Milan are set to introduce a new code of ethics with fines for taking off shirts to celebrate goals and late nights.

According to the newspapers, the Rossoneri are planning to impose strict rules on the locker room to minimise bad behaviour.

Heavy fines will be introduced for any player who takes off their jersey to celebrate a goal, especially as this leads to an automatic yellow card on the pitch.

This has caused problems in the past, as Antonio Cassano was famously sent off in the derby with Inter two years ago after he was booked for whipping off his shirt.

There will also be a fine for any player breaking curfew, as late nights out will be barred ahead of games.

Deadline day co-ownership deals
22.6 || webmaster

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As the deadline approaches, a series of co-ownership deals have been finalised, including Pescara, Milan, Juventus, Udinese, Novara, Palermo and Genoa.

Pescara have renewed the co-ownership agreement with Milan for defender Simone Romagnoli, while they bought out half of Roma youngster Gianluca Caprari.

Udinese have sold midfielder Thierry Doubai to Sochaux after the French side took up their option on the Ivory Coast player.

Udinese also handed Zdenek Zlamal to Sigma Olomuc on a three-year contract, while Diego Mainz and Dani Benitez have been loaned to Spanish club Granada.

Samir Ujkani and Michel Morganella have returned to Palermo after two years at Novara, but Siena have handed striker Pablo Andres Gonzalez back to Novara.

Juventus sold half of 20-year-old striker Alberto Libertazzi to Novara and signed Stefano Beltrame from the relegated club.

Sampdoria have renewed their share of Jonathan Rossini with Udinese, but bought out Fernando Tissone.

Torino have renewed their co-ownership arrangement with Torino for Kamil Glik, but bought out Riccardo Meggiorini from Genoa.

Siena and Napoli renewed their co-ownership agreement over midfielder Daniele Mannini, who will remain in Tuscany for another season.

Novara bought out goalkeeper Tomas Kosicky from Catania in exchange for Takayuki Morimoto.

Genoa sold defender Andrea Esposito to Lecce on a permanent transfer after he spent last season with the Salentini.

Cagliari have right-back Ignazio Carta again after buying out the remaining 50 per cent of his contract from Latina.

Granqvist: Inter, AC Milan want me
22.6 || webmaster

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Andreas Granqvist has claimed that it is a Milan derby for his signature this summer, something that has him considering his Genoa future.

The Swedish international, who has just been eliminated with his nation at this summer’s European Championships, only joined the Grifone last summer.

However, he has been linked this year with a possible move elsewhere, something that he himself has now confirmed is possible.

“It’s true, Inter and Milan are both tracking me,” the 27-year-old told Swedish paper Expression on Friday.

“It’s great news for me because it means that I did really well last year in Italy. I’m happy at Genoa, but next week I shall be in contact with my agent to evaluate my options.”

Oddo to stay in football
22.6 || webmaster

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Newly-retired Massimo Oddo is already contemplating on the ways in which he can return to the game, with three options suggested.

The right-back announced his retirement from playing at the end of the 2011-12 campaign, his 20th in the game, after suffering relegation with Lecce.

Looking to get back into the game as soon as possible, the full-back revealed there are three possible ways that could mark his return.

“At the moment I’m studying for the licence to become a Coach or a sporting director,” the veteran told Radio Sei on Friday.

“My future on the field? If something intriguing should come along then I might reconsider, but at 36 it is not easy.”

A member of Italy’s World Cup-winning squad of 2006, the player’s most productive spell in his career came at Lazio, where he managed 135 appearances in five seasons, as he reflected himself.

“At Lazio was where I developed and grew and where I experienced the most intense years, the best version of Oddo was seen at Lazio.

“At Milan there was a different atmosphere and another type of play and there I found many difficulties. But, the Rossoneri is where I won many victories and they will remain forever in my heart.”

Flamini to make AC Milan U-turn?
22.6 || webmaster

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Mathieu Flamini has reportedly told Milan that he is willing to stay at the club – just hours after the outfit announced his departure.

The midfielder is out of contract at the end of this month and the Rossoneri did offer him a new deal to remain.

Flamini, though, allowed a deadline enforced by the outfit to pass and Vice-President Adriano Galliani this week announced that the player would leave.

However, after talk that he could join Roma or former club Arsenal on a free transfer, the Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Flamini may now make a U-turn.

Flamini, according to the paper, has telephoned Galliani who is now assessing the Diavolo’s options.

The official yesterday claimed that the club were looking for a new midfielder who could play in front of the defence.

AC Milan make left-back choice
21.6 || webmaster

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Adriano Galliani is again talking transfers, this time confirming that the club have taken a decision on who will be left-back for 2012-13.

The Rossoneri were linked with a bid for Palermo’s Federico Balzaretti, but the club’s Vice-President has revealed that Didac Vila will instead return to take the position in the squad.

Vila initially arrived midway through the 2010-11 season, but struggled in six months for game-time and spent last term out on loan at former club Espanyol.

“We are keeping hold of Didac Vila, during this last season he has played very well whilst on loan at Espanyol,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia. “Balzaretti will not arrive.”

Vila, 23, has been capped at four different age levels for Spain.

Trofeo TIM for Juventus, AC Milan & Inter
21.6 || webmaster

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Juventus, Milan and Inter will fight for the annual Trofeo TIM during the evening of Saturday 21 July, it has been confirmed.

The pre-season triangular event – which sees three 45-minute matches – will take place at Bari’s Stadio San Nicola.

There have been 11 editions of the Trofeo Tim since 2001. Inter have seven wins, Milan three and Juventus just one in 2009.

AC Milan eye Van Bommel replacement
21.6 || webmaster

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Milan have dismissed fresh links with Kaka and Mario Balotelli by declaring that they need a new defensive midfielder.

“I have many dreams, but seeing Balotelli at Milan will most likely remain just that,” Vice-President Adriano Galliani stated to Sky Sport Italia.

“As for Kaka, I see his return to San Siro as impossible. They have different tax laws in Spain and we can’t compete with their salaries.”

While ruling out bids for the Manchester City and Real Madrid players, Galliani also insisted that striker Robinho will stay.

“In order to complete our squad, we are missing a midfielder who can play in front of the defence,” Galliani added. “Kevin Constant was signed yesterday from Genoa to replace the injured Sulley Muntari.”

The Diavolo are thus looking for a direct Mark Van Bommel replacement after he opted to return to PSV Eindhoven.

“Our objective for the season ahead is to win the Italian championship and go as far as possible in the Champions League,” the official added.

Seedorf hands number 10 to Ibrahimovic
21.6 || webmaster

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the new owner of the Milan No 10 shirt following the departure of Clarence Seedorf.

The latter has confirmed that he will leave the club after a decade at San Siro, thus relinquishing his squad number.

“The No 10 jersey will go to Ibrahimovic,” confirmed Diavolo Vice-President Adriano Galliani on Thursday.

Seedorf said: “I never asked for the 10, I inherited it from Manuel Rui Costa. But I’ve spoken to Ibra and told him that I would be pleased if it was passed to him – he deserves it.”

The Swedish international wore the No 11 in 2011-12.

Meanwhile, Galliani paid tribute to the departing Dutchman who was signed from city rivals Inter in 2002.

“He’s a player who has won four and a half Champions League titles,” he noted. “He won at Ajax, Real Madrid and two at Milan, but also a half one with Real before he went to Inter.

“He’s had an extraordinary career and I have great memories of him. He was someone who was able to play in a variety of roles.”

Seedorf - AC Milan: it's all over
21.6 || webmaster

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Clarence Seedorf has ended his 10-year relationship with Serie A giants Milan. “This has been my family.”

The 36-year-old held a Press conference at the club’s HQ earlier today where he confirmed that he would leave once his contract expires this month.

“I’m happy that I can dedicate this conference to my time at Milan,” stated the former international midfielder.

“You’ll know my future soon, in a few days, but I can confirm that I’ve never had as many offers as I have currently got.

“I need to evaluate everything and I’ll take my time as I did when I left Inter to join Milan. I’ll consider everything which is important to me, including the needs of my wife and kids.

“Milan are like a family for me, I’ve spent more time with people here over the last decade than I have with my own family…”

The former Sampdoria and Real Madrid player joined the Diavolo in 2002 after three years with city rivals Inter.

“They have been 10 splendid years and I have to thank everyone, the club, the fans and Italy – a country where my two children were born,” he added. “Milan has been a special and splendid city for me.

“We could have reached an agreement over a renewal, but I chose to leave for the good of my future.

“I’ve been thinking about going for a while. It’s important to think about life after football, but now I just want a new experience. The club have known this for two years.”

During his career with the Rossoneri, he won two Scudetti, two Italian Super Cups, two Champions League titles, two European Super Cups, a Coppa Italia and a FIFA Club Cup.

Acerbi almost left for Serie B
21.6 || webmaster

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New Milan defender Francesco Acerbi was ready to join a Serie B club in January, his agent has explained.

“Up until December, he never saw the field of play at Chievo,” Andrea Cattoli commented. “When January arrived we asked for a transfer.

“The player called me on a daily basis because he didn’t want to just sit on the bench. He was also ready to step down to Serie B if necessary.

“We subsequently spoke to Chievo and they assured us that he would get his chance. He was given an opportunity against Udinese, did well and played ever since.”

The 23-year-old scored one goal in 17 Serie A appearances for the Flying Donkeys in 2011-12.

Co-owned with Genoa, he was signed outright by the latter this week and yesterday joined Milan in another co-ownership.

Galliani thanks Genoa, exit Flamini
20.6 || webmaster

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Adriano Galliani has thanked Genoa for giving Milan Kevin Constant and Francesco Acerbi, but confirmed Mathieu Flamini has left the club.

The Rossoneri announced several major moves today, as they signed Acerbi on a co-ownership deal with Genoa and took midfielder Constant on loan with an option to buy.

“I think Acerbi is an excellent centre-back who can improve further. We snapped Constant up like a shot once he was offered and President Enrico Preziosi was very nice about it,” Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“We already wanted to sign Constant last year, so agreeing with Coach Massimiliano Allegri we decided to get him when we found out about Sulley Muntari’s injury.”

The Ghana international underwent surgery today for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and will be out for five to six months.

“It was a bad injury. I’ve never seen this before, a player wrecking a cruciate ligament when on vacation.”

Galliani also confirmed Milan have closed the door on contract renegotiations with Flamini.

“The deadline has passed and we told his lawyer we won’t be waiting any more. We’ll bring in a new midfielder by August 31. It could be Alberto Aquilani or someone else, as he is a Liverpool player and we’re not in talks with them.

“A striker? We have five forwards, so there’s no need to even consider bringing in another striker.”

AC Milan's Muntari out for six months
20.6 || webmaster

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Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari will be out of action for the next six months after undergoing surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

The Ghana international went under the knife today at the La Madonnina clinic in Milan, announced the Rossoneri website.

Muntari “underwent surgery for the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

“The recovery time is around five to six months, excluding complications.”

The midfielder had arrived on loan from Inter in January and made a good impression on the other side of the San Siro divide, scoring three goals in 13 Serie A games.

AC Milan sign Acerbi and Constant
20.6 || webmaster

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Milan have officially confirmed medicals for Chievo defender Francesco Acerbi and Genoa midfielder Kevin Constant. “I’m so happy.”

There had been reports circulating that the Rossoneri were looking for a double deal and this evening the club website announced the news.

“This afternoon Francesco Acerbi was in the Milan headquarters in via Turati 3, in the centre of the city,” read a statement.

“Over the next few days both he and Kevin Constant will undergo medicals.

“Mattia Valoti will remain at Milan after the co-ownership deal with Albinoleffe was renewed, while Palermo have signed Matteo Darmian outright.”

Acerbi spent last season at Chievo, although he was co-owned by Genoa and was bought outright by the Grifone in order to pass him over to Milan on a five-year contract.

Constant is a 25-year-old former Chievo midfielder who joined Genoa last summer.

“I am very happy,” 23-year-old Acerbi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “What will it be like to play alongside Thiago Silva? I’ll tell you when I’ve experienced it.

“I will do everything I can to earn my place in the side, then the Coach will be the one to make the decision.”

Ibrahimovic - Balotelli at AC Milan 'a dream'
20.6 || webmaster

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Agent Mino Raiola admits it is “a dream” to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Mario Balotelli at Milan and reveals who SuperMario was shouting at.

It has long been said that Manchester City star Balotelli has a future with the Rossoneri, especially as he supports the club and has always praised Ibra.

“Zlatan is very relaxed and will stay at Milan. He made an agreement and it will be respected,” Raiola told Sky Sport Italia.

“Seeing him and Balotelli together is a dream and often the dreams are better than reality,” added the agent who represents both players.

Balotelli is in the headlines after his sensational goal against the Republic of Ireland and unusual celebration.

The Italian international began shouting until teammate Leonardo Bonucci clamped a hand over his mouth.

Some said he was angry at Coach Cesare Prandelli for starting him from the bench, others that he was reacting to jeers from the Irish fans.

“Mario doesn’t like coming off the bench, but his words were certainly not aimed at Prandelli,” assured Raiola.

“He merely reacted to criticism and was very disappointed at the media putting him on trial.”

OFFICIAL: AC Milan sign Francesco Acerbi and Kevin Constant
20.6 || webmaster

It has been just recently announced by Genoa CFC on its official site that the club bought back the other half of Francesco Acerbi from Chievo and sold it to AC Milan.

Kevin Constant will also move to AC Milan on loan with option to buy in order to replace Sulley Muntari who got injured while being on duty for the Ghanaian national team.

AC Milan make surprise Constant bid
20.6 || webmaster

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Italian giants Milan are talking to Genoa about signing Kevin Constant on a loan deal for the 2012-13 campaign.

The Rossoneri are in discussions with the port club this afternoon, primarily to finalise terms for their capture of Genoa-owned defender Francesco Acerbi.

However, it seems that the midfielder could also arrive at San Siro as the Diavolo look to bolster their options in the middle of the park.

The 25-year-old moved to Marassi a year ago from Chievo and scored one goal in 21 League games for the Grifone this term.

As part of the deal, Milan could send Alberto Paloschi to Genoa after his season at Chievo Verona.

Seedorf to wave goodbye
20.6 || webmaster

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Milan legend Clarence Seedorf will officially announce his departure from the club on Thursday, reports the Corriere dello Sport.

The Dutchman is out of contract at the end of this month and is set to become the latest high profile figure to quit San Siro this summer.

The 36-year-old will hold a Press conference tomorrow morning where he will, in all probability, announce his exit after a decade with the outfit.

Seedorf, who may opt to continue his career in Brazil, moved to the Diavolo in 2002 after an unhappy and problematic spell with city rivals Inter.

Flavio Roma, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso, Filippo Inzaghi, Gianluca Zambrotta and Mark Van Bommel have also quit Milanello at the end of their deals. Mathieu Flamini could soon follow.

AC Milan eye Balzaretti and Dossena
20.6 || webmaster

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Palermo's Federico Balzaretti and Napoli's Andrea Dossena are both of interest to cash strapped Milan.

The Rossoneri are having to adopt a low key, low cost transfer campaign after turning down a €47m bid for defender Thiago Silva from Paris Saint Germain.

Nonetheless they are keen to bolster their left-back options after Taye Taiwo and Djamel Mesbah flopped last season and Gianluca Zambrotta departed.

The first target is Balzaretti, the Palermo defender who has impressed for Italy at Euro 2012. The Corriere dello Sport suggest that Adriano Galliani will approach Palermo with a swap deal involving Mesbah.

Rosanero President Maurizio Zamparini has previously stressed that Balzaretti's only possible destination should he leave is Paris, where his wife works as a ballerina.

Alternatively, the Diavolo will pursue former Liverpool defender Dossena, although that move is dependent on Napoli's lengthy pursuit of Lyon's Aly Cissokho reaching a successful conclusion first.

Genoa take back Acerbi, but...
19.6 || webmaster

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Genoa have reportedly agreed a fee with Chievo to sign Francesco Acerbi outright from their co-ownership deal.

The defender will, according to Sky Sport Italia, move to Marassi but is expected to immediately be sent on to Milan.

Genoa and Chievo were keen to find an agreement in order to rule out the possibility of a blind auction for central defender.

“We are negotiating with Genoa to sort out his ownership,” Chievo sporting director Giovanni Sartori stated this morning. “Neither of us want it to go to envelopes.”

It is being claimed that Acerbi will cost Genoa around €4m and he may move to San Siro in a new co-ownership agreement for the same kind of fee.

The former Pavia and Reggina stopper caught the eye during his 17 League games for the Flying Donkeys this term.

Aquilani waiting for Liverpool answer
19.6 || webmaster

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Alberto Aquilani’s Liverpool future will be decided by new boss Brendan Rodgers, says the player’s agent.

Aquilani has spent the last two seasons away from Anfield on loan at firstly Juventus and then Milan. The latter have, so far, opted against taking up their option to sign him outright.

“The new Liverpool tactician will decide the fate of Alberto,” representative Franco Zavaglia told Radio Mana Mana.

“We’ll have to wait and see what he thinks about the player and whether he will be of any use to the Reds.

“Aquilani has a contract at Liverpool for another two years and they will let us know about their intentions soon.

“The boy would be happy to stay at Liverpool if he was given the right opportunities.”

Milan are still interested in possibly signing the former Roma player, but Zavaglia was a little pessimistic about that option.

“If Milan had wanted to sign him then they should have made their move sooner,” the agent concluded.

AC Milan dismiss Boateng - Kaka claims
19.6 || webmaster

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Milan have rejected transfer speculation suggesting that Kevin Prince Boateng could move to Real Madrid in a swap with Ricky Kaka.

Stories this week have claimed that Real have been in touch for the versatile midfielder, while a return to San Siro for Kaka has also been whispered.

“Real Madrid have never asked us for Boateng,” Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani said outside of the Lega Calcio offices this morning. “These are things that are just read in the newspapers.

“Kaka? He has a salary that no Italian club could support, he can’t leave Spain because of the different tax laws.

“He has another three years on his contract at Real at expensive conditions, so it is therefore impossible for him to return to Italy.

“He could go and play in other countries, but his wages would have to be doubled if he were to be signed by a club in Serie A.

“He will not be joining Milan – I’m 100 per cent sure of that.”

Galliani added that Spanish outfit Malaga had made an enquiry about Robinho, but that no concrete offer was tabled for the Brazilian striker.

Meanwhile, it seems that Chievo stopper Francesco Acerbi is on his way to the Diavolo – that’s according to Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli.

The latter was asked about a possible bid for the centre-back, but, while pointing to Galliani, stated: “He’ll sign him…”

Acerbi, though, is part-owned with Genoa and his co-ownership has yet to be resolved.

AC Milan reject Real Madrid's Boateng bid
19.6 || webmaster

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Milan have rejected Real Madrid’s initial bid for Kevin-Prince Boateng, according to Tuttosport.

The Spanish giants offered a direct swap deal involving their fringe players Nuri Sahin and Lassana Diarra, but Milan CEO Adriano Galliani snubbed this out of hand as the Rossoneri would only consider a cash bid.

While the Rossoneri have no interest in inheriting Sahin or Diarra from Real, a deal could be easier to negotiate if it involves Kaka.

The Brazilian superstar was widely acknowledged as the world’s best player during his spell at Milan, but his career has stalled since joining Real in a mega €65m deal in 2009.

Real are willing to release Kaka from his contract if he accepts waiving certain fees that are owed to him, paving the way for a return to Milan.

Coach Jose Mourinho, Inter’s former boss, could use Kaka’s contractual situation as a bargaining tool to land Boateng’s signature in the hope that the two players eventually swap clubs.

Boateng has emerged as a top transfer target for Real as they are aware that Milan will listen to realistic offers for their top players due to financial concerns this summer.

OFFICIAL: AC Milan now own El Shaarawy; Merkel to Genoa
18.6 || webmaster

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Milan have officially taken full ownership of Stephan El Shaarawy, sending Alexander Merkel to Genoa.

The two players had been co-owned between the clubs, but negotiations reached a conclusion today.

The Rossoneri had already bought out half of El Shaarawy’s contract for around €7m plus half of Merkel last summer and now own the ‘Little Pharaoh’ outright.

The sum paid to complete the 19-year-old's transfer was not disclosed.

Meanwhile, Milan renewed their co-ownership deal with Genoa for Giacomo Beretta, with Torino for Gianmario Comi and Simone Verdi and with Pescara for Simone Romagnoli.

All co-ownership deals must be either renewed or resolved by Friday at 18.00 UK time or go to a blind auction.

This is when both clubs put a figure in a sealed envelope and the highest bid wins the remaining 50 per cent of the player.

Among the biggest players whose future is still to be decided, Parma and Juventus haven’t reached an agreement on Sebastian Giovinco.

Juventus, Roma also want Acerbi
18.6 || webmaster

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Chievo confirm that they are yet to agree with Genoa on the co-ownership of Francesco Acerbi and add a couple of new names to the list tracking the player.

Acerbi finds himself the subject of rumoured interest from Milan and Inter, after impressing last term with the Mussi Volanti.

However, before negotiations can begin, his co-ownership between Chievo and Genoa must be worked out, with their so-far failed attempts to reach agreement threatening to take the matter to a blind auction later this week.

Genoa have already admitted that should they re-sign the player then he is likely to switch to Milan, but Chievo sporting director Giovanni Sartori says the choice is wider for the player if the Gialloblu sign him.

“This week should be the decisive week,” confirmed Sartori to TuttuJuve. “We have to solve the co-ownership issue and when we have, we will better understand the player’s future.

“It is not a mystery that Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma are interested, but that’s not the debate right now.

“First, we must understand who will hold his registration and then see which is the best option in question.

“Is it necessary to avoid the envelope bids against Genoa? Precisely. It is an urgent necessity for us and Genoa and therefore we are working to find an agreement.”

San Siro turf to remain natural
18.6 || webmaster

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Inter and Milan have opted against installing a fully synthetic pitch at San Siro, instead choosing a surface that is predominantly natural.

Much debate and criticism from visiting teams, most notably Barcelona in March, has surrounded the quality of the playing surface that is relayed twice a year at the 82,000-seater stadium.

In the spring, Rossonero Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed that the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza’s two tenants would look into finding a long-term solution to the surface and hinted that an artificial surface would be the best option.

However, in considering their options, Inter and Milan have agreed to instead choose a mixed surface that consists mostly of naturally-grown grass, mixed with soil, sand and artificial grass underneath.

As La Repubblica report, the pitch that is developed by Dutch company Desso is designed to provide ‘optimal performance’ for users for up to 900 hours of play, as opposed to the 300 hours the current, 100 per cent natural turf San Siro has.

The new surface, which will be ready for the season kick-off in August, will require ‘constant illumination’, which will be achieved between games by installing and suspending lamps two feet above the surface.

AC Milan and the Thiago Silva dossier
18.6 || webmaster

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Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi decided to keep Thiago Silva after reportedly reading an 18-page document produced by daughter Barbara on why he shouldn’t be sold.

The Diavolo were in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain to sell the Brazilian for over €40m, until Berlusconi blocked the sale.

According to Sport Mediaset, Barbara Berlusconi, who has been a board member at the club since April 2011, was opposed to the transfer.

She presented her father with a dossier which highlighted that letting the South American leave would damage the club in the long run.

Although the outfit’s finances would have been boosted by such a cash injection, she argued that his loss would disappoint fans and sponsors.

It may also have had a detrimental effect to the quality of the team which could then subsequently jeopardise future qualification for the Champions League.

Barbara Berlusconi is currently in a relationship with Rossoneri striker Alexandre Pato.

Nesta may make AC Milan U-turn
18.6 || webmaster

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Alessandro Nesta could make a sensational U-turn and play on for Milan after bidding farewell to the club last month.

The iconic defender was expected to take up a fresh challenge after a decade at Milanello, but the Corriere dello Sport suggests that both the player and club could benefit from a fresh one-year deal being agreed.

Nesta, 36, has found concrete offers for his services hard to come by since announcing he would leave Milan.

A proposed move to American side New York Red Bulls hasn’t materialised and the opportunity to join World Cup winning Coach Marcello Lippi in China with Guangzhou has also stalled.

Milan, meanwhile, have struggled to identify a replacement for their outgoing centre-back.

Chievo’s Francesco Acerbi, their first-choice, is still no closer to opening negotiations with the Rossoneri given that his co-ownership status with Genoa has still not been resolved.

As a result, Milan could look back to Nesta to try and convince him to play on for 12 more months.

Boateng out and Kaka in at AC Milan?
18.6 || webmaster

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Real Madrid have expressed an interest in signing Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng in a deal that could see Kaka sent back to the Rossoneri as a makeweight.

The Spanish giants, aware of Milan’s willingness to discuss the availability of their top players due to financial concerns, could be ready to take advantage with a move for the Ghanaian midfielder.

Kaka, who won the Champions League with Milan before a €65m switch to Madrid, has failed to impress since moving to Spain after a spate of injuries. Coach Jose Mourinho, the ex-Inter boss, could sacrifice Kaka back to Milan in order to sign Boateng.

The Rossoneri have already resisted Paris-Saint Germain’s big-money move for Thiago Silva, but their acceptance to undergo talks have led to speculation that other important players could be sold. Receiving a hefty fee for Boateng while appeasing the fans with Kaka’s return could be a way for Milan to raise funds.

Alternatively, Benfica’s Axel Witsel may be seen as Boateng’s replacement if a swap deal with Kaka proves too complicated.

Flamini to leave AC Milan
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Mathieu Flamini will reportedly reject Milan’s offer to extend his contract and leave the club as a free agent.

The Frenchman has been with the Rossoneri for the past four seasons on a €4.5m per year contract, but he is ready to walk out after the club were unwilling to offer him the same terms again.

Milan don’t want to lose the 28-year-old altogether, but his erratic form and series of injuries meant they only offered a new contract with vastly reduced wages – in the region of €1.8m a year.

Flamini is only willing to reduce his current deal to €2.5m annually so will leave Milan at the end of June to take up a fresh challenge outside of Italy.

Malaga, the oil-rich Spanish side, have been linked with a move for the midfielder and have the funds to meet his financial demands.

Milan may now revive their interest in signing Alberto Aquilani on a permanent basis from Liverpool after his loan stint with the Diavolo came to an end.

Maxi Lopez hoping for Serie A stay
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Maxi Lopez says he “would like to stay in Serie A,” but denied holding talks with Parma or Napoli.

The striker will not remain in Catania after his six-month loan spell at Milan expired with the Rossoneri unwilling to make the move permanent.

“Do Parma and Napoli want me? That’s pleasing to know, but for now there is nothing concrete. I have not received any proposals,” the Argentine told Sky Sport Italia.

“I would like to stay in Serie A, as I am very happy in Italy. If the situation arises, then I’ll also evaluate any overseas offers.

“It’s a shame Milan did not take up their option, as I did my best. I spoke to Adriano Galliani before the holidays and he was very clear. He said if there were any sales in attack, then I would remain a Milan player.

“I’d be happy if they did still change their minds, otherwise I’ll put myself back in the game elsewhere. I am waiting for news from my agent, who is evaluating some leads.”

Allegri thanks AC Milan for 'gift'
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Coach Massimiliano Allegri is celebrating Milan’s decision “not to dismantle” the squad by keeping Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

A few days ago the Rossoneri were ready to hand over the Brazilian defender for €47m, but pulled the plug at the last minute on the deal with PSG.

“It was a big decision and President Silvio Berlusconi gave a huge gift to the team and fans,” Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

“Ibrahimovic will also stay. He had a strong season, scoring 28 goals. The club decided not to dismantle the squad and will keep the foundations of the team intact.

“The side is almost complete, but the market is open until August 31 and anything can still happen.”

Milan ended the season empty-handed after losing a thrilling title race with Juventus.

“We are really motivated to fight back, as we had the Scudetto in our grasp. Unfortunately, Juventus had an extraordinary campaign,” concluded Allegri.

Liverpool loan Aquilani to AC Milan?
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Alberto Aquilani’s future remains in the balance, as there are reports Liverpool will renew his loan to Milan at a cheaper rate.

The midfielder spent this season at San Siro with an option to buy out permanently if he managed a certain number of appearances.

As he did not hit that mark, the Italian international has returned to Anfield and is eager to get straight back into Serie A.

It has been reported that Aquilani is in negotiations to terminate his contract two years early at a cost to Liverpool of €3.5m.

However, Sky Sport Italia suggest there is another option on the table that will see Liverpool renew the one-year loan to Milan.

Liverpool would also pay half of his wages for the campaign and put in place another clause making the permanent move obligatory if he hits the target of appearances.

The buy-out clause would be a mere €1m compared to the €7m discussed a year ago.

Former Roma star Aquilani joined Liverpool in 2009 for £17m.

Ibrahimovic stands by AC Milan
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is pleased that Milan decided not to sell Thiago Silva and confirmed he’ll stay, but urged the club to “bring in new players.”

The Rossoneri had been in advanced negotiations with PSG for a €47m move, but President Silvio Berlusconi pulled the plug at the last minute.

“Milan are a club who want to win and if they want to keep winning then they have to keep Thiago Silva,” Ibrahimovic told

“I hope soon they will also bring in new players, that the team plays better and that there aren’t so many injuries.

“I am angry, but that just fires up the desire in me to keep going forward,” he said after Sweden’s elimination from Euro 2012.

“I will respect my contract with Milan and right now am focused only on playing for pride against France.

“I feel even more motivated than usual, as defeats don’t make me think negatively. I am not retiring from international football. Who will win Euro 2012? I couldn’t care less...”

Kaka could return to AC Milan
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There are surprise rumours that Ricky Kaka could return to Milan just three years after his €70m move to Real Madrid.

The Brazilian talent was sold to raise funds for the Rossoneri in June 2009, but has suffered from numerous injury problems, including knee surgery that kept him out for eight months.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Kaka is ready to break away from Real Madrid and negotiating to terminate his contract.

This could also suit the Spaniards, who have three more years on the deal worth €11m per season.

It is also reported that Kaka could come in to Milan as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who’d be sold to Madrid in order to reunite with Jose Mourinho from their time together at Inter.

It would give Ibra the opportunity to test himself in La Liga without the tension he had at Barcelona with then-Coach Pep Guardiola.

AC Milan hatch Aquilani plan
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Alberto Aquilani has a contract lined up at Milan, claim newspapers, but only after he has terminated his deal with Liverpool.

The former Roma midfielder was signed by Liverpool for £17m in 2009, but has struggled with injuries, form and homesickness.

He spent last season on loan at Juventus and this term at Milan, but neither club was willing to pay the buy-out clause for a permanent switch.

It’s reported in Italy that the Rossoneri are only prepared to take Aquilani on a free transfer, so will wait for him to terminate his contract with Liverpool by mutual consent.

His contract runs until June 2014 and the Corriere dello Sport claims Aquilani wants €3.5m to end it early.

How Sion convinced Gattuso
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Swiss side Sion reveal how they convinced Gennaro Gattuso to join them. “His agent told us it was impossible.”

The veteran midfielder was a free agent after Milan allowed his contract to expire this summer and has now signed a two-year deal with Sion.

“In talking to the President, we agreed that we were looking for a central midfielder,” explained director of sport Marco De Gennaro on Sky Sport Italia.

“At that point I said we needed someone like Gattuso, so the President asked ‘why not the real Gattuso?’

“I asked his agent if such a thing could be worked out, but he told us it was impossible. Gattuso turned down plenty of proposals, but we slowly started talking and the deal went through.”

The 2006 World Cup winner revealed in a Press conference that he cancelled his vacation in order to begin pre-season training, something that infuriated his wife.

“The President had told him to take the vacation, seeing as he had already booked it, but Rino said it could wait. He had to be the first player to put his bag down in the locker room.”

AC Milan to bring back Nesta?
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There are surprising rumours that Alessandro Nesta will sign a new contract with Milan so he can resume his partnership with Thiago Silva.

The veteran defender was one of several stars whose deals expired this summer, along with Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Mark Van Bommel, Pippo Inzaghi and Gianluca Zambrotta.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Milan are trying to tempt Nesta back to San Siro for one more season.

He would be reunited with Thiago Silva, who this week rejected a €47m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Because Milan turned down this proposal, the club is focused on keeping costs down and limiting incoming transfers.

Nesta had been in talks with New York Red Bulls, but the 36-year-old has not yet reached an agreement.

Genoa confirm Acerbi 'pact' with AC Milan
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Genoa President Enrico Preziosi admits Monaco are in talks with Alberto Gilardino and they have “a pact” with Milan for Francesco Acerbi.

“Gilardino is an important player. We spent a lot of money on him, but there is interest from Monaco. If that goes through, then we’ll focus on someone else,” said Preziosi.

“Will German Denis or Adrian Mutu replace him? No, neither of those players will join us. We gave Mattia Destro to Siena on loan with the option to buy half his contract. If we find a deal, he’ll return to us 100 per cent, otherwise Siena will become co-owners.”

Much has been said about Chievo defender Acerbi, who is co-owned with Genoa and strongly linked with Milan.

Earlier this month Preziosi had suggested Acerbi would “only see San Siro in a postcard,” but has now changed his tune.

“We haven’t yet reached an agreement with Chievo. If we do buy Acerbi out, then we already have a pact with Milan.

“Next season Ciro Immobile and Alexander Merkel will be playing with Genoa.”

OFFICIAL: Gattuso to FC Sion
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Milan idol Gennaro Gattuso has been presented to the media after he signed a two-year contract with FC Sion.

The Swiss side revealed last night that the 34-year-old was on his way to the club after he opted to end his 13-year career with the Diavolo.

“I've come here to Sion to win and to compete with FC Basel for the championship,” the 2006 World Cup winner noted.

“I told Sion that they would get a hard-working and combative midfielder in me, but also that I couldn't offer them the quality of Andrea Pirlo,” he smiled.

“The President of Sion, Christian Constantin, has promised me that we will have a competitive squad and so far it seems like that will be the case.

“My first impression of Sion's President was that he is a hot-tempered man like myself and that's why I liked him immediately.

“I had many offers from Italy, but I couldn’t stand the idea of wearing the shirt of another Italian club other than Milan.”

Gattuso, who missed most of 2011-12 because of an optical nerve problem, was looking to re-join former club Rangers – but couldn’t because of their financial problems.

“I thought it would be the right thing to go to Scotland,” he added. “That’s where my career started and my wife is born there, but that couldn’t happen.”

FC Sion only just survived relegation this term, while it is understood that Gattuso rejected big offers from America, China, Qatar, Turkey and Russia for his signature.

“It wasn’t a question of money,” the former Salernitana man noted. “One of the reasons why I chose FC Sion is because it is close to home.”

AC Milan go on a transfer diet
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Adriano Galliani has revealed Milan’s transfer plans for the summer after the club opted to reject Paris Saint-Germain’s bid for Thiago Silva.

The Diavolo informed the French outfit last night that the Brazilian would stay at San Siro after President Silvio Berlusconi decided against cashing in on him.

“We’re happy,” Galliani told Radio Sportiva on Friday. “I’ve already said that Berlusconi was heroic for resisting more than €40m in the knowledge that the accounts are in the red and he’ll now have to balance things out himself.

“The decision was made last night. The President took a couple of days to think about it, but he made the choice on his own. We won’t sell anyone and that includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”

It is the second time in six months that PSG have tried and failed to sign a Brazilian from the San Siro giants.

“With Alexandre Pato there was a triangle with Manchester City for Carlos Tevez,” the official continued.

“This time we were talking about selling a player for a record fee for a defender. They were two different negotiations.

“Now we had to simply decide whether or not to sell the best defender in the world.”

Milan are one of numerous clubs feeling the pinch in these difficult financial times and Galliani has warned fans to not expect a busy summer in the market.

“We’ll bring in a fifth centre-back,” he revealed. “If Genoa sign Chievo’s half share in Francesco Acerbi then it will be him.

“We’ll get a midfielder too or keep Mathieu Flamini or Alberto Aquilani. We are fine in attack.”

Thiago Silva 'act of heroism' by AC Milan
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Vice-President Adriano Galliani has described the decision to reject PSG’s €47m bid for Thiago Silva as “an act of heroism” from Milan President Silvio Berlusconi.

Galliani had been in Paris over the last few days for intensive negotiations and a deal was on the verge of completion.

However, this evening the official club website announced Berlusconi had “made the decision” to keep Thiago Silva.

“Thanks to President Berlusconi, I feel much better now,” Galliani told Azzurro Italia.

“This was an act of heroism from the President. The money Milan will lose by not making the sale will be pumped back into the club by Berlusconi.

“Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain too? Of course he’ll remain. We are fully covered in all areas and have a formidable squad.”

Today Thiago Silva’s agent hinted if he was going to turn down Paris Saint-Germain, then it would require an improved contract.

“We’ll see what happens, at the moment Thiago has a contract with us for another four years,” added Galliani.

“I repeat, we can say that Thiago Silva will stay at Milan until 2016 and the Rossoneri fans have to thank Berlusconi for this. The heart won over reason.”

AC Milan announce 'Thiago Silva stays!'
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President Silvio Berlusconi has told the official Milan website that “Thiago Silva is staying” despite the €47m offer from PSG.

The club has been in negotiations with Paris Saint-German director of sport Leonardo for several days with reports the deal had been done.

However, Vice-President Adriano Galliani returned to Italy and said the final decision now rested with President Berlusconi, who wanted to “resist” the temptation to sell.

This evening the official Rossoneri website published a statement that simply read "President Berlusconi has decided: Thiago Silva is staying at Milan."

Sion to announce Gattuso deal
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Gennaro Gattuso “will complete the deal” with Swiss side Sion tomorrow, snubbing Glasgow Rangers and Galatasaray.

The midfielder is a free agent after his contract with Milan was allowed to expire.

He had been in talks with Rangers, but the Scottish club cannot sign new players due to a transfer embargo while they are under administration.

Today reports emerged Gattuso was considering an offer from Turkish outfit Galatasaray.

However, this evening Sion director of sport Marco Degennaro told Radio Manà Manà that they had reached an agreement.

“We moved well and tomorrow there will be the definitive meeting to complete the deal,” said the Sion chief.

“All the conditions are in place for this operation to be closed. The new Sion will be built around him.

“Gattuso immediately got on well with our President.”

It’s believed one of the reasons behind a two-year contract with Sion is the presence of his friend and former Piacenza captain Gigi Riccio in the coaching staff.

Sion had also been linked with a bid for Alessandro Del Piero, who is still trying to decide his future.

“Del Piero? It would be great to have him here, but let’s keep our feet on the ground.”

Thiago Silva to stay for new deal?
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As indications of a breakdown in Thiago Silva’s sale to PSG arrive, so too has the suggestion from his agent that he deserves a better contract.

The Gazzetta dello Sport is one of a number of outlets running quotes from Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirming that the Brazilian centre-back will not be sold to Paris Saint-Germain for €42m, after President Silvio Berlusconi refused to counter-sign the deal.

“The prayers for Berlusconi to keep Thiago? Sometimes prayers work, the President wants to keep him,” Galliani told reporters today.

The player was on the verge of agreeing to join the French capital outfit on a huge contract worth €7.5m a year, almost double the amount he is currently paid by the Rossoneri. With the deal now set to fall through, the centre-back’s agent has suggested that a better contract is due to the 27-year-old.

“If Milan has no interest in selling Thiago Silva to PSG, then I am certain that the Rossoneri will recognise his value and will make a very big effort to give Thiago a new contract, such as perceived by other players similarly valued today at Milan,” Paulo Tonietto told Tuttomercatoweb on Thursday afternoon.

It is speculated that Silva could be offered as much as €7m a season until 2016 by the Diavolo, taking him to second only in wages at the club to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is on €9m a season.

Genoa take Acerbi for AC Milan
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Genoa have reportedly agreed to take full ownership of defender Francesco Acerbi from Chievo, in order to sell him to Milan.

The Grifone’s Pietro Lo Monaco and Stefano Capozucca met with Chievo’s Giovanni Sartori on Tuesday in Milan to discuss the in-demand 24-year-old’s future, as both clubs held a 50 per cent stake in his contract. are suggesting that from this encounter they have agreed for Acerbi’s complete registration to be returned to Genoa before the June 22 deadline for co-ownership renewals in Italy, with the intention from the Rossoblu to then move him on to Milan.

Acerbi has been part-owned by Genoa for 18 months all told, but hasn’t played for them in that time. However, his form for Chievo last term has been enough to attract the interest of the Rossoneri and, reportedly, also a late, unsuccessful bid from Juventus.

Gattuso issues AC Milan warning
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Gennaro Gattuso has warned Milan fans that they may have to show some patience before the team can return to winning ways.

A host of club idols will leave the Rossoneri this summer and the club are considering a €40m+ offer from Paris Saint-Germain for Thiago Silva.

“There is a crisis and we can feel it, there is not a lot of money around,” the 2006 World Cup winner told Radio RAI.

“We may have to say that Milan won’t have a side as good as their history over the next two or three seasons.

“They will have to take things one day at a time.”

Flavio Roma, Alessandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gattuso, Mark Van Bommel and Pippo Inzaghi will all quit the club when their contracts expire this month.

Clarence Seedorf and Mathieu Flamini may also follow them through the San Siro exit as their deals have just weeks left on them.

Gattuso will continue his playing career abroad.

Gattuso still has Rangers desire
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Gennaro Gattuso still has hopes of signing for Rangers despite the Scottish club’s financial problems.

The veteran midfielder has decided to leave Milan this summer once his contract expires at the end of the month.

The 34-year-old wants to return to his former club to see out his career, but their future is uncertain after a creditors’ deal was snubbed by Revenue and Customs.

“This is a peculiar situation for Gattuso,” representative Andrea D’Amico told Sport Italia. “Rangers risk folding and we’ll know what will happen in the next few days. That obviously complicates matters.

“We do have, however, some alternative solutions, but we have to find a club who will offer the right motivation to Rino.”

One thing is for sure though and that is that the 2006 World Cup winner has ended his career in Serie A.

“He doesn’t feel that he can wear the shirt of another Italian club after 13 years at Milan,” D’Amico underlined.

Gattuso initially joined the Scottish giants in 1997 as a teenager and only left in October 1998 after not featuring in the plans of boss Dick Advocaat.

He played just six Serie A games in 2011-12 because of an optical nerve problem he picked up last September.

“He had a tough season because of his eye issue, but that has been resolved and he’s ready for a new challenge.”

The representative also confirmed that Gattuso rejected “a really big offer” from Russian club Anzhi last summer in order to remain at San Siro.

AC Milan 'resist PSG - Thiago Silva offer!'
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Milan President Silvio Berlusconi “intends to resist the PSG offers for Thiago Silva,” revealed Adriano Galliani.

The Vice-President had been in Paris for the last two days conducting extensive negotiations with their director Leonardo.

Galliani flew back to Italy this evening and had talks with President Berlusconi, which seem to have changed the situation around this €47m deal.

“Berlusconi intends to resist the PSG offers for Thiago Silva,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia late on Wednesday night.

The statement comes after players such as Antonio Cassano, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Stephan El Shaarawy publicly urged the club to keep hold of the Brazilian defender.

Even Milan Channel, the official Rossoneri television station, ran items begging Berlusconi not to sell Thiago Silva.

Italy's Abate needs five stitches
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It’s reported Ignazio Abate needed five stitches to his face after an accidental collision in today’s Italy training session.

The Milan and Azzurri full-back was taking part in a game between ranks when he suffered the deep cut to his eyebrow in a clash with Antonio Nocerino.

Sky Sport Italia claim medical staff had to apply five stitches to seal up the wound.

Leonardo: 'PSG might give up on Thiago Silva'
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PSG director Leonardo has put the brakes on their €47m swoop for Milan star Thiago Silva by stating “we might give up on the signing.”

Adriano Galliani has been in Paris for two days discussing the potential move for their Brazilian centre-back, but flew back to Milan this afternoon and refused to speak to journalists.

“We are continuing to talk with Galliani,” Leonardo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The negotiations are still open, but this situation should not go on for a long time.

“There are still many things to whittle down, many aspects to work out and at this stage I can say we might give up on the signing of Thiago Silva.”

The statement comes at the same time as French newspaper Le Parisien claims Milan President Silvio Berlusconi told them “I can’t not sell Thiago Silva for that sum.”

However, other sources claim Berlusconi has changed his mind and will veto the transfer.

Liverpool will want Aquilani fee
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The agent of Alberto Aquilani has rejected the notion that Liverpool could let his client leave the club on a free transfer.

Some reports over the past week had claimed that the Premiership outfit were prepared to release him for nothing in order to get him off their wage bill.

“I can exclude the possibility that he will leave Liverpool on a free transfer,” Franco Zavaglia told Il Sussidiario.

“There is nothing new to report at this moment in time with regard to his future. There was a meeting with Liverpool and we are now waiting for them to give us an answer.

“What did we ask them? We’ll keep that to ourselves.”

Aquilani was signed by Liverpool in August 2009 from Roma for about €20m, but he struggled to settle at Anfield.

He spent the 2010-11 season on loan at Juventus, while he joined Milan last summer in a loan deal which included an enforced buy-out should he have appeared in a set number of games.

Aquilani didn’t fulfil that requirement, but the Rossoneri could still be interested if Mathieu Flamini doesn’t pen a renewal.

“I don’t know if he wants to stay at Milan,” Zavaglia added. “Let’s see what happens. We should hear from Liverpool by the end of the week.”

Aquilani, who missed out on Euro 2012, has been linked with Fiorentina.

Dede: AC Milan? Just rumours
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Vasco Da Gama stopper Dedé insists he has no idea whether he’ll be targeted by Milan as a possible replacement for Thiago Silva.

The Brazilian has been linked with the Rossoneri should the club opt to sell Silva to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

“I don’t know what will happen or what could possibly occur,” the 23-year-old stated. “I’m just hearing rumours right now and there is nothing concrete.

“At the moment my only thoughts are on Vasco. I’ll continue to wait for the club to take a stance on whether what is being said is true or false.”

The South American, a Brazilian international, is thought to be valued at over €10m by his present club.

The player’s agent yesterday insisted that he had not been in touch with any Diavolo official about a move to San Siro.

Dedé started his career at Volta Redonda before his 2009 switch to Vasco.

Sampdoria dismiss Cassano option
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Sampdoria boss Giuseppe Iachini has opened the doors for an Antonio Cassano return – but they’ve been instantly closed by the club.

The Italian raised doubts over his future at Milan yesterday given the possible departure of Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain.

There are some reports this morning suggesting that a return to Doria could be possible and Iachini wouldn’t block such an option.

“I’m not aware of his situation at Milan, but Sampdoria would be ready to welcome him back should he want to return,” Iachini told Radio Mana Mana.

However, club chief Riccardo Garrone is less keen after he clashed with Cassano in 2010-11 which led to his January 2011 move to Milan.

“I have forgiven Cassano, I did that a long time ago,” Garrone told TMW. “But I don’t think that he is compatible with our needs to have a cohesive squad and a tranquil changing room.

“We are talking about a great champion, without doubt, but every now and again he discharges shrapnel that doesn’t benefit anyone.”

Ibrahimovic agent believes in AC Milan
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The agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unconcerned by the possibility of Milan selling Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain. “They’ll still be competitive.”

The Diavolo are considering a €40m+ offer from the French giants for the Brazilian centre-back in the same month that they have waved goodbye to Alessandro Nesta.

Such a move has raised doubts about whether Ibrahimovic would thus want to remain at San Siro, but his representative is remaining cool.

“Ibrahimovic is just concentrating on Euro 2012 for now,” Mino Raiola told Sport Mediaset when asked about his client’s future.

“I’m calm about everything and I won’t make any evaluations on the transfer market given that the window is still open.

“I’ll postpone all judgement until the end of August, but Milan will build a competitive team for the new season.”

Some whispers last night even suggested that Milan were considering sacrificing both Thiago Silva and Ibra to PSG in a €77m deal.

Shevchenko open to AC Milan return
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Andriy Shevchenko has admitted that upon retirement a return to Milan in a coaching capacity could interest him.

The Ukrainian international, who scored his nation’s first two goals at a European Championships this week to earn them their first ever win in the competition proper, spent seven years with the Rossoneri.

In the club’s record books as their second all-time highest goalscorer, 35-year-old Shevchenko reflected that he could be drawn back to San Siro in the future.

“Would I go back to Milan as a Coach or director? Maybe so, you never know,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“My doors are always open to Milan, I have always maintained excellent relations with everyone there, so who knows, maybe one day.

“I’ll only decide my future after the European Championships. I don’t know yet if I will continue to play or not.”

Sheva also reflected on Monday night’s game for Ukraine against Sweden, where the 2-1 result sees the co-hosts top Group D after one round.

“I never imagined a night like this. It was a dream. I don’t know how far we can go, I only know that this team can do well despite any criticism.

“We have a very interesting number of youngsters that top clubs follow.”

Maldini: Thiago Silva sale a sign of weakness
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Paolo Maldini has denied convincing Thiago Silva to leave Milan this summer, instead suggesting that the club’s decision to sell him is a ‘sign of weakness’.

The final six months of Maldini’s playing career before retirement were spent training alongside Silva, when he had signed for the club from Fluminense in January 2009, but could not be registered until the start of the next season.

In seeing the Brazilian centre-back reportedly on the verge of a €40m+ transfer to PSG, the Italian veteran has reacted angrily to claims that he had a hand in influencing the player’s decision, given his bond with former Milan colleagues Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo, who are both now at PSG.

“I never tried to convince Thiago Silva to join the cause at Paris Saint-Germain. I don’t understand why they continue to draw me to the stake,” replied the former Rossonero captain to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I repeat - I have no role at PSG and I haven’t ever been offered one either. I was in Paris in January because Leonardo and I wanted to surprise Carlo Ancelotti for his first game in charge. I met the President, but I have no job.

“If you really want me to be honest, I don’t even have the phone number for Thiago Silva, plus he would be difficult to track down. But no, I have never tried to convince him to leave Milan.

“I don’t see why I should, I am a fan of Milan and I hope that Thiago Silva stays.”

The 43-year-old was asked if he then agreed with Massimiliano Allegri’s assertion that selling the defender would represent a huge loss.

“Absolutely. A player like Thiago Silva is impossible to replace. Having trained with him I am not surprised by his growth.

“He makes sense of the position, has technique, speed and personality.

“I believe that the sale of such an important player would be a sign of great weakness on the part of the club.

“Thiago Silva is the world’s greatest defender and by some distinction. Milan cannot deprive itself.”

PSG to offer EUR 77 mil for Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic?
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There are shock reports that Milan’s negotiations with PSG are for both Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a combined €77m deal.

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani is in Paris for talks with director general Leonardo and confirmed “it will be a long negotiation process.”

According to RMC Sport, the reason is that Thiago Silva is not the only player being discussed.

The Parisians would offer €47m including bonuses for the Brazilian defender plus €30m for Ibrahimovic in a huge €77m deal.

“Thiago Silva’s departure is an enormous loss and could push Zlatan to leave Milan,” sources close to the players told RMC radio.

However, Sky Sport Italia claim there is no truth to these rumours of a double swoop for the two Rossoneri heroes.

PSG are also close to securing Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi after qualifying for the Champions League under Coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Today Antonio Cassano was irritated at the news Thiago Silva is in negotiations for a sale, pointing out he represents “50 per cent of the team.”

Cassano: 'I'm not homophobic'
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Antonio Cassano has released a statement attempting to calm the furore over his statements. “I am not homophobic and didn’t want to offend anyone.”

The Italy and Milan star used a particularly offensive word in today’s Press conference when asked whether there were any gay players in the squad.

“I am sincerely sorry if my comments sparked controversy and protests among gay rights associations,” read the statement issued this evening.

“Homophobia is not something that is part of my nature. I didn’t want to offend anyone and I absolutely do not want to put anyone’s sexual freedom under duress.

“I only said that it’s a problem that has nothing to do with me and I do not judge the choices of others, which should be respected.”

Author Alessandro Cecchi Paone increased the attention over this issue by stating he "had a relationship with one of the players in this team and he told me who the other gay player was, which is why I know there are two.

“Cesare Prandelli knows who the homosexuals are."

Dede to replace Thiago Silva at AC Milan?
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While Milan are in negotiations with PSG to sell Thiago Silva, it’s reported his replacement will be Vasco da Gama’s Dedé. “There’s no offer yet,” said his agent.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani is in Paris to discuss Thiago Silva’s potential €47m transfer and many sources suggest Dedé is to be his heir rather than Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna.

“At the moment there are no direct talks with Milan directors,” agent Giuliano Aranda told

“There has been a lot of talk in the newspapers, but there’s no offer yet. It might be that the Rossoneri are waiting to sell Thiago Silva before making their intentions clear.

“As for Barcelona, the same issue applies, as there has been a lot of noise in the papers because they are looking for a defender.

“We have had contacts with English clubs, but not with the Rossoneri or Catalans.”

It is believed Manchester United are particularly interested in 23-year-old Brazilian international Dedé.

Galliani: 'PSG - Thiago Silva talks a long process'
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has confirmed “it will be a long negotiation process with PSG” over Thiago Silva.

Galliani flew out to Paris today for talks with the club and director Leonardo amid reports of a deal worth €42m plus a further €5m in bonuses.

“It will be a long negotiations process with PSG,” declared Galliani as he left their office this evening for dinner.

This nonetheless confirms Milan are seriously considering the sale of their top Brazilian defender.

Earlier today when Galliani had arrived, he said he was “just here to talk.”

According to France Football, Thiago Silva is also in a hotel in Paris waiting for the clubs to reach an agreement.

He has been offered a deal worth €12m per season.

Thiago Silva also in Paris?
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There are reports Thiago Silva is in Paris to complete his PSG transfer and the Milan man assures “money is not an issue for me.”

The Brazilian defender had been told only last week that he was “not for sale,” but today Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani was spotted in Paris.

“It is not final. I am here just to talk,” said Galliani before a meeting with PSG director general Leonardo.

There are now reports that Thiago Silva has been seen in Paris too, as France Football claims he is in a hotel near the Champs-Elysees with his representatives.

The deal would be worth €42m plus another €5m in bonuses, added to a contract worth €12m per season.

“I don’t think about money, as that is not an issue for me,” Thiago Silva told magazine Chi.

“My strength is my family and above all God. I am a devoted Christian and also have a tattoo on my arm confirming I am a son of the Lord.

“In our Brazilian team we have in my view one of the top three strikers in the world, Alexandre Pato. I only hope he rediscovers his fitness.

“I send a sincere wish of good luck to the Italy side and my part-Italian, part-Brazilian, part-crazy friend Antonino Cassaninho. He’s a phenomenon.”

Cassano spoke in a Press conference today at Euro 2012 and said it would be “a crime” for Milan to sell Thiago Silva.

Cassano on Balotelli, Thiago Silva and gays
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Antonio Cassano laughs at being Mario Balotelli’s “tutor,” warns he’d quit Milan if they sold Thiago Silva, but shocked with homophobic comments.

The talent from Bari Vecchia, among the toughest and poorest neighbourhoods in Italy, held a rare press conference today after Italy’s 1-1 opening draw with Spain.

“Are there any gay players? Cesare Prandelli told me you’d ask that question,” said the Milan striker.

“It’s their problem. If they are gay (though he used a far more offensive Italian term, ndr), then that’s their problem.

“If I say what I really think, then there’s going to be chaos. Are there any gays in the locker room? I hope not. In any case, it’s their problem and nothing to do with me.”

This isn’t the first time there has been controversy around the issue of homosexuality in sport, as Italy Coach Prandelli wrote a foreword to a book on the subject urging openness and inclusion.

However, forward Antonio Di Natale said it would be a mistake for gay players to come out of the closet, while President of the Players’ Association Damiano Tommasi suggested they stay hidden at least until the end of their playing careers.

Cassano’s press conference had many headline-grabbing moments, including talk about his mini-stroke and heart surgery in late October.

“I am honest, I didn’t expect to play in the Euros. Instead I was fortunate and given a reprieve. I am not here to waste time now that I have made it, as I want to be at the Euros as a protagonist.

“People say I should be a tutor to Balotelli? Well, in that case we’re in big trouble! Who is going to look after me, then?”

Balotelli wasted a great scoring opportunity against Spain when he hesitated and Prandelli said he should’ve passed it along to Cassano.

“He said he wanted to pass it to me, but I told Mario with the shot he’s got then just aim and smash the net... I call Di Natale ‘The Sniper’ – give him a chance and he’ll score.

“Italy are among the favourites. After the defeat to Russia, everyone said we were a disaster. The important thing is to go forward along our path and I hope we go as far as possible.”

Cassano was also asked about his future at Milan, particularly amid rumours Thiago Silva is in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain.

“I want to play well at Euro 2012, then I’ll see if I will stay at Milan or not. I have an idea about this, but I’ll only talk to some people. I’ve not heard from Ibra for a month, but if he gets angry about Thiago Silva being sold, then he’s absolutely right. It'd be criminal.

“Without Thiago Silva, at most we’d qualify for the Champions League. Besides, people should be clear with the fans. He is irreplaceable and without him we lose 50 per cent of the team. The club might consider the money coming in, but we ought to be clear.”

Genoa - Chievo chat Acerbi
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Respective directors to Genoa and Chievo Pietro Lo Monaco and Giovanni Sartori have met today to discuss Milan target Francesco Acerbi.

The 24-year-old centre-back is reportedly a transfer ambition for the Rossoneri, who are currently staring at the possibility of losing Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain. Inter are named as another party said to be interested.

However, Acerbi is currently co-owned by Genoa and Chievo, who must first reach an agreement on the player’s valuation and situation, before heading into any negotiations.

Subsequently, the Grifone’s administrative delegate Lo Monaco, assisted by sporting director Stefano Capozucca, met with fellow ds Sartori from the Mussi Volanti this Tuesday afternoon in Milan to thrash out potential terms.

Galliani in Paris for Thiago Silva talks
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is in Paris this afternoon meeting with Paris Saint-Germain director Leonardo to discuss the transfer of Thiago Silva.

Galliani flew into the French capital this afternoon with his wife to meeting former colleague and current PSG counterpart Leonardo to discuss a reported €47m transfer for the Brazilian centre-back.

Pressed for the latest on the potential record amount to be paid for a defender, Galliani initially refused comment, before offering: “It is not final. I am here just to talk.”

Silva’s agent has also intimated that whilst negotiations between the San Siro outfit and the team coached by former Rossonero Carlo Ancelotti are open, the deal is not concluded at this stage.

Reports suggest that the Brazilian could be handed an annual salary with the Parisians anywhere in the region of €9-12m.

PSG in Thiago Silva - AC Milan talks - agent
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The agent of Thiago Silva has confirmed that there are transfer talks going on between Milan and Paris-Saint Germain for his client.

Stories on Monday suggested that a €50m swoop could take place and Paolo Fernando Tonietto has told TMW that discussions are being held.

“A negotiation between Milan and Paris Saint-Germain does exist, but I don’t know if Milan will sell him,” the representative stated.

“If Milan do decide to let him go then it would be the right time for Thiago Silva to change clubs.

“All of Europe’s biggest outfits have expressed an interest to Milan about Thiago Silva, but almost all thought the club wouldn’t sell because we are talking about one of their most important players.”

Milan director general Ariedo Braida this morning insisted that the club would not be sacrificing the South American.

However, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has flown into Paris earlier today which has fuelled rumours that a switch could be imminent.

AC Milan: We're not selling Thiago Silva
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Milan director general Ariedo Braida has cooled suggestions that the club are about to sell Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain.

Reports yesterday gathered pace that the Brazilian would be joining the French outfit in a deal that would see the Diavolo net close to €50m.

However, speaking outside the club’s Via Turati HQ on Tuesday, Braida insisted that the central defender was going nowhere.

“You should all stay calm,” he noted. “We will not be selling Thiago Silva.”

Braida’s words come on the morning when a report in Le Parisien suggests that Vice-President Adriano Galliani will fly out to Paris on Wednesday for talks.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri and Galliani are also present in Via Turati this morning.

Flamini to swap AC Milan for Malaga?
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Big-spending Malaga could be willing to inherit Mathieu Flamini if his wage demands prevent an extension to his current contract with Milan.

The Frenchman has infamously been the Rossoneri’s second highest earner – behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic – since his 2008 arrival despite his bit-part role in the team.

Malaga, backed by their oil-rich owners, could offer Flamini an equally lucrative contract when his current deal with Milan expires this summer.

Although a contract with a significantly reduced wage has already been offered by Milan, Flamini could leave as a free agent to join the La Liga club.

Ogbonna is AC Milan's preference
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Milan have placed Torino and Italy defender Angelo Ogbonna at the top of their wish list to replace Thiago Silva.

The Rossoneri’s Brazilian centre-back seems increasingly likely to join Paris-Saint Germain in a big-money deal, giving Milan plenty of room to manoeuvre in the transfer market to find a replacement.

Ogbonna excelled last season in Serie B with Torino and has drawn admiring glances from several top-flight clubs, despite his team’s promotion.

The Rossoneri could now be set to move for the 24-year-old, pairing him with Philippe Mexes at centre-back for next season in place of the departing Thiago Silva.

The only issue could be Torino’s alleged asking price of €20m as their prized asset signed a new contract until 2016 in February.

Ogbonna is currently with the Italy squad at Euro 2012 so any proposed deal will have to wait until after the tournament.

Thiago Silva deal done says Sportmediaset
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Sportmediaset are reporting that Milan defender Thiago Silva has agreed to join French outfit Paris Saint-Germain for €50m.

Reports this morning suggested that the player was in Paris today to negotiate a high-cost transfer to the Ligue 1 club, whilst both the his agent and PSG’s sporting director Leonardo added fuel to such rumours with their comments.

SportMediaset are now reporting that a deal between the club and Silva has been agreed, with the Brazilian allegedly set to be handed a €9m-a-season contract in the French capital, doubling his current San Siro salary.

Meanwhile, the Rossoneri are set to receive a €50m fee to hand over his registration to the Parisians, which would be five times the amount the Italians paid Fluminense for him in 2007.

It is understood that the player has already texted teammates at Milan to inform them of his departure and to say goodbye. The 27-year-old will have a medical on Tuesday before completing the transfer.

Thiago Silva edges towards PSG
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Reports are gathering pace that Thiago Silva is on his way to Paris Saint-Germain after their interest in the Milan man was confirmed.

Stories in France this morning claimed that the Brazilian could sign for the capital club as soon as this week for over €40m.

“We are trying to negotiate for Thiago Silva, but it won’t be easy to sign him,” PSG director general Leonardo, who coached the player at Milanello, stated on Monday.

Meanwhile, the stopper’s agent has also added more fuel to the fire after he confirmed PSG’s desire for the Brazilian.

“For now he is still a Rossoneri player, but anything can happen,” Paulo Toninetto told RMC. “I know that PSG are interested in the player. Let’s see what occurs.”

The Italian club recently claimed that they were 99.9 per cent certain that Thiago Silva – and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – would remain.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani was questioned by reporters outside of a restaurant in Milan today, but he refused to comment on the latest rumours.

Former Brazil boss Dunga, in an interview with TMW, revealed that he would not be surprised to see a transfer happen.

“Thiago Silva is the strongest defender in circulation,” Dunga noted. “He has great potential and everything needed to become even better.

“PSG are after him and he could be a great reinforcement. Leonardo will do all that he can to take him to France.

“I know that he wants him at all costs and, even if Milan will try to keep him, I think the move will take place.”

Barcelona and Manchester City are also interested in the player who cost Milan €10m from Fluminense in 2009.

French daily Le Parisien claims that Thiago Silva touched down in Paris this morning to start talks.

Inzaghi offered AC Milan job
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Veteran striker Pippo Inzaghi is unsure of whether to play on or accept a coaching role in Milan’s youth sector.

The 38-year-old’s contract with the Diavolo expires at the end of this month and he won’t sign a renewal.

Milan hope to keep him at the club, but the 2006 World Cup winner is hungry to keep rippling the net.

“It is a hard decision to make,” the former Juventus striker, who joined the San Siro outfit in 2001, told Sky Sport Italia.

“On one side Milan have offered me the bench of the Allievi Nazionali side. I thank them and it would be great.

“However, passion still gets the better of me, I’m in good shape and I would like to continue playing football.

“I’ve received a variety of offers from abroad, but especially from Italy. It is only right that I think about it. If no offers had arrived then my decision would have been easy.”

Inzaghi, one goal in nine appearances for the Rossoneri in 2011-12, turned down a January offer from Siena.

Pato makes AC Milan pledge
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Alexandre Pato has insisted that his future is at Milan despite notable interest in his services from around the globe.

The Brazilian youngster almost joined Paris Saint-Germain in January and they are still keen on the 22-year-old.

However, Pato, despite his injuries at San Siro, wants to make a telling contribution to the Diavolo in the future.

“I will remain at Milan until the final day of my contract – June 30, 2014,” noted the striker. “I’m grateful for everything that the Rossoneri have done for me.

“Milan have received several offers for me besides the one from Paris SG. I can only thank all those interested clubs, but I’ll stay at Milan.

“Milan helped me in the most difficult moments and I don’t have the slightest intention of leaving. I’ll stay.

“I want to repay the club for all the faith that they’ve had in me.”

Pato went on to reveal that he’s not only received proposals from the big European clubs.

“I got offers from Brazilian clubs, but this isn't the right time to return home. I’m 22 and I’m in the team that I want to be in.

“I appreciate the interest from the other clubs, but my intention is to stay in Europe for many years before returning to Brazil…

“I’m a privileged person and I’m ready to regain the faith that has been given to me, by performing well on the pitch. Not only with Milan, but also with Brazil.”

Pato, now back to full fitness, will be hoping to make an impression at the 2012 Olympics.

Thiago Silva to PSG, say L’Equipe
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Thiago Silva could complete a proposed transfer from Milan to Paris Saint-Germain as soon as this week, reports L’Equipe.

The French giants have been linked with the stopper in recent times despite the fact that the Rossoneri have insisted he is not for sale.

Nevertheless, L’Equipe are speculating that the Brazilian could move and it may happen as soon as Wednesday.

Thiago Silva would supposedly cost somewhere in the region of €40m-€50m.

PSG are paying close attention to the Italian market after making a move for Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Milan have already lost one big-name centre-back this summer as Alessandro Nesta turned down the offer of a new one-year deal.

AC Milan plan Dossena swoop
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Milan are thought to be closing in on a low-cost swoop for Napoli and former Liverpool winger Andrea Dossena.

According to the Corriere dello Sport this morning, the Italian international will be released in the summer if Napoli sign Aly Cissokho instead.

The Rossoneri are ready to take advantage of the opportunity to snap up the 30-year-old for practically nothing.

Dossena would also be willing to reduce his wages, spreading the €5m over three years rather than two.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that contract renegotiation talks with Mathieu Flamini have hit problems, so the former Arsenal man could leave on a free transfer.

Gattuso: 'Money not an issue for Rangers'
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Glasgow Rangers have confirmed they are in negotiations with Gennaro Gattuso, as the ex-Milan star notes “money is not an issue.”

The Scottish club has been placed under administration, but Gattuso wants to return to the place where his career really took off.

“I’m done in Italy, as I couldn’t wear another jersey after 13 years with Milan,” said the 34-year-old midfielder.

“Money is not an issue, so I can choose my future in a relaxed manner.”

There is another problem, though, as Rangers have been handed a one-year transfer ban by the Scottish FA.

“To me, it's a massive positive he wants to come,” Charles Green, whose consortium is set to buy Rangers, told the official club website.

“His agent came over and we explained the difficulties surrounding the club. Gattuso himself came out publicly and said he would love to join Rangers and, after the illustrious career he has had in Milan, that's great.

“It's an endorsement that the world's top players would still like to come and play for this club.”

It would also be a reunion for Gattuso, who played with manager Ally McCoist from 1997 to ’98.

“The SPL can't register any players because we are in administration and the SFA and the club have been in a very public dispute for some time.

“However, the manager has identified a number of people from a playing point of view he would be interested in.

“The manager actually played with Gattuso years ago when he was here at the club in the late 1990s.

“From my point of view as CEO, we've sat with Ally and arranged a budget with him and should we be allowed to sign players, he will be able to do so.”

Sheikh Al-Maktoum to invest in AC Milan?
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There are reports Milan will sell 20 per cent of the club to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, giving them huge funds and the chance to buy out San Siro.

The links have come about because of the President of the United Arab Emirates’ uncle, who is often seen visiting the Rossoneri camp.

The chairman of Emirates Airline & Group, Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, is known as Milan’s ‘biggest fan’ and already signed a five-year deal sponsoring the Rossoneri.

It is reported that Berlusconi is in talks with Sheikh Al-Maktoum to sell him 20 per cent of the club’s shares, although this might be considered too little, for around €200m.

The plan includes buying the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza off the local council and making it a Milan-only arena, as Inter intend to build their own venue.

In all, the investment predicted by the Italian newspapers is worth €23bn.

However, the Sheikh’s spokesman Gianluca Laliscia insisted “there are no planned meetings with anyone regarding an improbable involvement or interest in football at any level.

“This is especially true as Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has never showed any personal interest in football – not in the past and not now.”

Balzaretti unsure of future
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Italy left-back Federico Balzaretti has admitted that he doesn’t know if he will remain at Palermo for next season.

The Italian has been linked with a switch to French side Paris Saint-Germain since before the January transfer window, when his agent first suggested the move was likely, whilst reports are now suggesting other Serie A sides are also tracking him.

Whilst Palermo have more recently expressed a desire to keep hold of Balzaretti, the full-back has today hinted that he could leave.

“I spoke with Zamparini in May, we are in contact and we’re talking with my agent,” explained the defender to Corriere dello Sport, from Italy’s Euro 2012 training camp in Krakow.

“I’m currently focused on the European Championships. The certainty of staying 100 per cent at Palermo is not there. We are seeing offers arrive.

“What we have spoken about is between us, but it does not mean that Zamparini wants to keep me.

“All clubs are welcome, but between Palermo and Lazio the priority is Palermo. I have a contract for another year still, that is indisputable.”

Balzaretti turned his attention to the Euros and reflected on the chances of Emanuele Giaccherini starting ahead of him, should Cesare Prandelli opt to change formation against Spain.

“His features and mine are not similar, he is a more attacking player, I am more defensive, but we are both good on the counter-attack, we run and are strong.

“It is not important who plays between us. I would happily win the Euros without playing a single minute. We must put aside any egos.”

Ibrahimovic not on PSG list
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Paris Saint-Germain director general Jean-Claude Blanc has underlined that his club are not interested in Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Milan man has been linked with the French giants over the last few days, but PSG have insisted that they have other transfer targets.

“There has been no offer for the Swede,” Blanc, a former official with Juventus, commented to RMC.

“We are looking for an attacker and we have a number of different options, but Ibrahimovic is not on our shortlist of objectives.”

The 30-year-old, set to star for Sweden at Euro 2012, scored 28 goals in 32 Serie A games for the Diavolo this season.

Rigoni dreams of AC Milan move
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Marco Rigoni is hoping to receive a call from Milan this summer after Novara admitted that the Rossoneri are interested.

“I’d really like to wear the Milan jersey,” he stated. “I’m a fan of theirs and I would fulfil a dream should I get to play for them.”

The midfielder was one of the few bright points on Novara’s return to top-flight football as they were quickly relegated back to the second tier.

The 32-year-old scored an impressive 11 goals in 35 games for the Stadio Silvio Piola minnows.

The club recently revealed that Genoa, as well as AC Milan, were also interested in the former Juventus youth player.

McCoist: We want Gattuso
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Rangers manager Ally McCoist has confirmed that the Old Firm outfit are keen to try and resign Gennaro Gattuso.

The Italian midfielder is available to the Scottish side after confirming that he would be leaving Milan this summer at the expiry of his contract.

Having spent a season in Glasgow 15 years ago, the player is known to have an affinity with the club, whilst reports today suggested that his agent was in Scotland for talks over a possible reunion.

Rangers boss McCoist, who played alongside Gattuso for the Scottish Premier League outfit during the 1997-98 season, has now confirmed that if possible, they will try to bring him back.

“We know Gattuso, we know what his value is and of his willingness to return to Rangers,” McCoist told

“Our situation is unfortunately complicated, we have problems. In any case, we hope to fix everything and we are in talks for his return to Glasgow.”

Rangers are currently in administration, but recently successfully appealed against a 12-month transfer embargo being placed on them.

Gattuso agent in Glasgow
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Gennaro Gattuso’s representative will meet with club officials from Rangers on Thursday, reports Sky Sport Italia.

Andrea D’Amico is understood to be in Glasgow to hold talks about a potential return to Scotland for his client.

The World Cup winner is looking for a new outfit after bringing his 13-year relationship with Milan to a conclusion.

Despite the current financial problems at Rangers, Gattuso would like to end his career with the club he has already represented.

Gattuso initially joined the Scottish giants in 1997 as a teenager and only left in October 1998 after not featuring in the midfield plans of boss Dick Advocaat.

The 34-year-old played just six Serie A games in 2011-12 because of an optical nerve problem he picked up last September.

Inzaghi set to reveal all
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Departing Milan striker Pippo Inzaghi has announced that he will reveal his plans for the future at the beginning of next week.

The 38-year-old will leave the San Siro giants this summer after moving to the Stadio Meazza in 2001 from Juventus.

“During the presentation of my new DVD, I will inform you of what my future will be,” stated the 2006 World Cup winner.

Inzaghi, who turned down a January move to Siena, has been linked with a possible switch to the MLS.

Seedorf set for Botafogo
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Clarence Seedorf is reportedly on the verge of joining Brazilian club Botafogo as his Milan contract runs down.

The midfielder is available on a free transfer given that his deal at San Siro will expire at the end of this month.

Reports from South America claim that negotiations have already taken place and that a switch is on the horizon.

Seedorf has been linked with moves to the country in the past given that his wife is from Brazil.

The 36-year-old made 29 appearances for the Diavolo in all competitions this term. He scored three goals.

The Dutchman joined Milan in 2002 from city rivals Inter. He’s also featured for Ajax, Sampdoria and Real Madrid in his career.

Ibrahimovic shoots down PSG talk
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has used a post-match interview to refute rumours of a proposed mega money move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Speculation linking last season’s Capocannoniere with the Qatar royal family backed Parisians has intensified in recent days.

There was talk of a €40m deal on the table and Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani's recent trip to the French capital only added fuel to the flames.

However, after Sweden's 2-1 victory over Serbia in Stockholm last night, Ibrahimovic denounced the claims.

“There is no truth in it at all,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “A lot of things are being said about my future, but they are only rumours.

“I am a Milan player and I am very happy at this club.”

The striker scored the winner from the penalty spot in what was Sweden's final warm-up game for Euro 2012.

El Shaarawy ready to replace Ibrahimovic
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Stephan El Shaarawy would “not be frightened” if Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Milan and he stepped up the pecking order, said his agent.

The Rossoneri deny they’d consider releasing Ibra, but the reports continue to circulate that he is of interest to PSG.

“Stephan will stay at Milan, 100 per cent. The lad is very satisfied with his first season in the Rossoneri colours and it cannot help but be considered positive,” agent Roberto La Florio told TMW.

“He would not be frightened by rumours Ibra could leave Milan. These are matters for the club to consider, as at the moment Stephan is on vacation and recharging his batteries.”

Galliani: 'Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva 99.9 per cent AC Milan'
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva “are 99.9 per cent sure of staying” at Milan, declared Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

It is well know that the defender is wanted by clubs like Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, while this morning there were strong reports PSG offered €40m for the Swedish striker.

“The story on Ibra is absolutely false,” blasted Galliani on Sportmediaset.

“Nobody is leaving and we are not selling anyone. Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva are 99.9 per cent sure of staying.”

However, this already seems to be a climb-down from the previous assurances that they were 100 per cent not for sale.

In the same interview Galliani confirmed he had spoken to PSG Coach Carlo Ancelotti on the telephone, but denied the conversation was about Ibrahimovic.

Allegri: 10 more years only
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Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that another 10 years in the game will be enough to take him to early retirement.

The former Cagliari Coach is preparing over this summer for what will be his third year at the helm of Milan and the 10th campaign of his coaching career.

Whilst he will be 45 by the time the 2012-13 season kicks off, Allegri admits that he is already at the halfway point of his stint in the profession.

“I’d like to stop in a decade. I started in Serie A when I was 40, I will finish when I reach 55. Fifteen years as a Coach is enough and then I will move on, and with all this crap, I really will want to go,” he told weekly publication Chi, before admitting one particular ambition still to achieve.

“I want to coach the national team, I admit that.”

The Coach was also asked about the possibility of Mario Balotelli coming to Milan this summer.

“Balotelli will not be at Milan. I hope he can mature, the career of a footballer is short. He should have regrets for any mistakes made.”

AC Milan and Genoa eye Rigoni
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Relegated Novara have confirmed that Milan and Genoa are showing transfer interest in Marco Rigoni.

The 32-year-old was one of his side’s success stories in a difficult campaign for the Stadio Silvio Piola outfit. He’s now on the wish-list of a number of clubs.

“Yes, Milan and Genoa are interested,” Novara sporting director Cristiano Giaretta admitted to Sportitalia.

“But that is only normal when you consider his stunning campaign with us. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

“How much will he cost? About €2m.”

Rigoni, who started his professional career at Juventus, scored 11 goals in 35 games for the Piedmont side this term.

PSG want EUR 40 mil. Ibrahimovic
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The Gazzetta dello Sport is today leading with a report that Paris Saint-Germain have made Milan an offer for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Although the club again insisted on Monday that none of their star players would be leaving San Siro, Paris SG are said to have made a tempting offer.

PSG, at the request of boss Carlo Ancelotti, have reportedly tabled a €34m bid for the striker. That fee could increase by a further €6m if bonus clauses are activated.

Ibra, formerly of Juventus, Inter and Barcelona, has allegedly been offered a three-year contract worth €9m a campaign.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani was recently spotted in Paris which led to speculation that there could be some transfer business between the two clubs.

However, Galliani has rubbished the latest Ibra talk. “I have received no written offers for Ibrahimovic,” the official noted. “I’ve spoken with PSG sporting director Leonardo, but the stories are all false.”

Leonardo confident of Lavezzi, considers Ibrahimovic
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Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo is reportedly confident of signing Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi and is now linked to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Argentine striker Lavezzi, who has been with Napoli since 2007, has been heavily linked with a departure this summer, with both PSG and Inter reportedly interested.

The French outfit are believed to have taken the initiative in recent weeks and are strongly believed to be on the verge of sealing a €26m plus bonuses transfer for the 27-year-old.

With the transfer market set to open in France on June 13, the Parisians’ sporting director Leonardo has reportedly declared to sources close to the club that the deal is ‘looking good’ and that it is a ‘very good start’ to PSG’s transfer campaign.

Rumours in France are suggesting that the Brazilian has already set his sights on the next transfer target and that it could be Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. A French news agency has reported that former Milan and Inter Coach Leonardo had already met with Ibra’s agent Mino Raiola.

Abate has Euro 2012 optimism
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Ignazio Abate is confident that Italy will have a good European Championship despite Friday’s 3-0 friendly loss to Russia.

“It was quite a balanced game against Russia until 10 minutes from the end,” the Milan right-back stated at the Azzurri’s Coverciano training base. “We missed a lot of scoring chances.

“It’s only normal that it is difficult to comment on a game that you lose 3-0, but our performance wasn’t that bad.

“I know my teammates and I know what they can do. We had 10 days of training in our legs, but we have got time to work over the next week.

“We just have to stay calm and aim to be in our best shape for the game against Spain. We are at the Coach’s disposal – even for tactical modifications.”

The Azzurri are in Group C where they will also come up against Croatia and Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland.

“When you play football at this level, then all of the big teams can be favourites – it’s like the Champions League,” added the 25-year-old defender.

“We have to be aware of everyone. All the teams can be ones to be afraid of and that was made clear against Russia.

“You have to be in top condition and I think we will be.”

Italy have had a problematic few weeks and they will go into the competition having lost their last three friendly games.

“We are a side who has a lot of desire and I think we’ll have a great European Championship,” added the former Empoli man.

“We have the right amount of concentration and we have isolated ourselves from the distractions of the gossip.

“Only by doing that can we achieve some important objectives.”

Thiago Silva staying at AC Milan – agent
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The agent of Thiago Silva has underlined that his client has no intention of quitting Italian giants Milan this summer.

The Brazilian is of transfer interest to Europe’s top clubs – such as Barcelona and Manchester City – but his representative wants the €40m-plus rumours silencing.

“Thiago Silva is a Milan player and there is little else to say, apart from that he will stay at Milan,” Paulo Tonietto told TMW on Monday.

“The interest in Thiago is clear, but I like Cristiano Ronaldo as a player too…” the agent smiled. “Thiago wants to remain with the Rossoneri.

“He is a boy of great value, on both a human and footballing level. He’s also very happy in Milan so why would he want to leave?

“There are no negotiations going on for Thiago Silva, also because they would be extremely difficult to conduct.

“I can’t calm the fears of anxious Milan fans as I am only his agent, that is a job for Milan. But I can talk for the player and he wants to stay.”

Milan have already lost one influential stopper this term given that Alessandro Nesta opted against signing a new 12-month contract at Milanello.

AC Milan won't sell, says Allegri
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is convinced that he’ll still be coaching the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Thiago Silva next term.

All three players are being linked with summer exits, but Allegri insists the rumours are just newspaper talk.

“I hear and read many things, but this club doesn’t want to sell anyone,” the former Cagliari boss commented.

“I’m certain that, come August 31, the club will hand me a complete squad – one that is even more competitive than it is already.

“We’ll see what happens and something unexpected may also occur in terms of the players who come in…”

Allegri’s latest comments arrive on a day when Brazilian international Thiago Silva is again being paired with Barcelona.

“I’m certain that he will stay,” the Italian noted. “He’s easily the best defender in Europe and losing him would be very serious. I’m convinced that he’ll return to Milanello after the Olympics.

“Vice-President Adriano Galliani has been very clear about the club’s intentions. Milan don’t want to give him away.

“President Silvio Berlusconi has ambitions and the desire to see Milan at great levels.”

The Diavolo were crippled by injuries in 2011-12 and the boss hopes that he can recover two players for next term.

“Pato will be our first signing,” he argued. “We almost didn’t have him at all in the last campaign.

“Meanwhile, Kevin Prince Boateng was crucial when we won the Scudetto. He has extraordinary qualities already, but he can grow.”

Acerbi to AC Milan not certain
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Chievo Verona have insisted that Francesco Acerbi’s proposed move to Milan is not a done deal.

The defender is being heavily linked with a San Siro switch and his agent has already held talks with the Diavolo.

However, Acerbi is part-owned with Genoa and the Marassi outfit will also have to OK a transfer before Acerbi could move on.

“Milan’s interest in him is real, but patience is needed,” Chievo sporting director Giovanni Sartori told L’Arena. “Nothing has been done yet.

“I think that the outburst of Genoa President Enrico Preziosi – who stated that Acerbi would only see San Siro on a postcard – was an answer to those who think a deal has been completed.

“The reality is that there is still some talking to do.”

The former Pavia and Reggina stopper caught the eye during his 17 League games for the Flying Donkeys this term.

Ibrahimovic 'cleared the air' with AC Milan
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic dreams of winning Euro 2012 with Sweden and admits he had to “clear the air” with Milan after suggesting the club had no money.

The striker hit headlines recently when on international duty, as he said in a press conference that the Rossoneri didn’t have the funds to sign reinforcements.

“Yes, there were a few phone calls after my comments, but the fundamental thing is that we cleared the air,” noted Ibra.

“After many years in this sport I am accustomed to these situations. The important thing now is to look forward.

“The media ought to help create a more positive atmosphere ahead of a major tournament. That way the team could focus more on its objectives.

“For me, winning Euro 2012 would possibly be worth more than all the titles I’ve won so far in my career. Winning with your country is special and it’s an honour for me to represent Sweden.

“It would be fantastic to win the trophy with this jersey and then go home to celebrate with the fans.”

Naturally, Ibrahimovic was also asked about the betting investigation that has struck Serie A and B in recent weeks.

“It’s shameful and nothing to do with football. Have I ever noticed anything strange? No, I focus only on winning every game and I’ve been fortunate enough to play with great teammates in big clubs.

“I’ve never heard of anything like this and what’s happening is rather shocking.”

Leonardo 'wants Thiago Silva discount'
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PSG director Leonardo “asked for a discount” when bidding for Thiago Silva because he discovered the Milan star, revealed Adriano Galliani.

Thiago Silva is hot property on the transfer market and wanted by the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

Rossoneri Vice-President Galliani confirmed one club in particular is pushing hard for the move.

“Thiago Silva has numerous offers. In particular Leonardo reminded me that the Brazilian defender came to Milan thanks to his interest and that of Ariedo Braida.

“He even asked for a discount!”

Leo was a director and talent scout for Milan before becoming their Coach, then moved on to the Inter bench before leaving a year ago to become director of sport at PSG.

“If Milan were wise, then we would not put up resistance, but we have a great President who is in love with the club.”

Sacchi: Real Madrid wanted Thiago Silva
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Arrigo Sacchi reveals Milan “turned down an offer from Real Madrid two years ago” for Thiago Silva and have no intention of parting with him.

The Brazilian defender is hot property on the transfer market and has been heavily linked with Barcelona or PSG.

“Thiago Silva is the best centre-back in the world and Barça have never had someone like him,” Sacchi told Mas Esports in Spain.

“He has great quality, can play the ball, defend, is remarkably quick, good in the air and a solid professional. Basically, he has everything.

“I don’t think Milan can deprive themselves of someone like Thiago, as that would be a betrayal of the Rossoneri fans. I doubt they’ll sell him.

“Besides, the Rossoneri already turned down an offer from Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid two years ago.”

Galliani: 'Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva stay'
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Adriano Galliani has laughed off reports Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva are heading to PSG. “I promised Zlatan the Number 10 jersey.”

French media have suggested this weekend that the Swede is in negotiations with Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo at Paris Saint-Germain.

“His trophy cabinet speaks for him, as he is a winner. I’m happier to have someone in the squad who goes crazy if he doesn’t win compared to people who don’t care whether they win or lose,” Vice-President Galliani told the official club website.

“I promised him the Number 10 jersey, even if I haven’t spoken to Seedorf yet. If Clarence no longer wears it, then that is up to him. Zlatan had asked for the 10 when he signed the contract from Barcelona, but at the time it was occupied.”

Seedorf’s contract has expired, but the Dutch midfielder has not yet confirmed whether he will sign for another club or agree a new deal with Milan.

Ibra isn’t the only Rossoneri star to have been linked with PSG, as they are also interested in Thiago Silva.

“I can assure everyone that Thiago Silva is priceless. PSG and my friend Ancelotti asked repeatedly for him, but he loves Milan just as his President Silvio Berlusconi loves him.

“I don’t understand how some can criticise the President when he has put so much into the club during a moment of world financial crisis. We should only be grateful to him.”

There are others apart from Seedorf whose contracts expired, but are potentially going to remain at San Siro.

“The Number 9 jersey could remain with Pippo Inzaghi. We speak every day. We are negotiating with Mathieu Flamini and he agreed to lower his wages, but still needs to get to a figure that satisfies us.

“At this moment the players must force how much they love the Milan jersey.”

Pato: 'I solved muscular problems'
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Alexandre Pato insists he has “re-balanced” his muscles to prevent further injuries thanks to the Brazil staff.

The striker suffered a series of thigh strains while at Milan this season, but has recovered and even scored in the most recent Seleçao match against the USA.

“I had an imbalance of the posterior muscles and that caused problems for me,” he told Globoesporte.

“In the space of a month we re-balanced the muscles and I was able to get back on to the pitch.

“All those injuries were dramatic for me. I would recover, then two games later felt pain again. I am aware of my potential and will do everything I can to take part in the Olympics.”

New Liverpool boss likes Aquilani
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New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will try to convince Alberto Aquilani to return. “He is a wonderful talent and a terrific player.”

The midfielder joined from Roma in 2009 for £17m, but has barely featured in the Reds jersey due to injuries and poor form.

He has spent the last two seasons on loan in Serie A, but neither Juventus nor Milan took up their options to make the move permanent.

“The boy Aquilani is a wonderful talent and a terrific player, but he might not be able to settle,” noted new Liverpool manager Rodgers.

“He might not be able to adapt to the country so you've got all those issues and sometimes you're not aware of that until you sit down and speak to the people.”

Ibrahimovic - PSG talk intensifies
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French and Swedish newspapers claim a PSG swoop for Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic “is not just rumours.”

The audacious suggestion first emerged in Le Parisien this week, boosted by agent Mino Raiola’s visit with ‘old friends’ Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo.

It was well known that Paris Saint-Germain made offers for Alexandre Pato, but it is now reported the real target is his Rossoneri teammate Ibrahimovic.

“PSG have spoken to Adriano Galliani, so this is not just rumours,” a source told Aftonbladet.

“We are maintaining a low profile due to his huge wages.”

The Swede currently earns around €12m per season and will turn 31 in October, but this was the first time in years he has not won a League title.

“With Leonardo and Ancelotti at PSG, it’s only normal they want to sign our players,” a Milan source added.

“It remains to be seen how serious their interest is. We wouldn’t want to let him go. His wages are a weight on us, but would also be a problem for almost any other club in the world.”

AC Milan - Chelsea battle for Guardiola
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Pep Guardiola is taking a year out, but it’s already reported Chelsea and Milan are battling to sign the ex-Barcelona Coach for 2013.

The tactician opted to take a year out after winning everything with the Blaugrana, as he felt tired from the constant pressure.

The Corriere dello Sport suggests there are only two real alternatives for when he does return to management in June 2013.

Guardiola has many friends in Italy from his time at Brescia and Roma as a player, while Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has never disguised his admiration.

The other option is Chelsea, who are yet to decide who their manager for next season will be after caretaker Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League and FA Cup.

It’s believed agent Josep Maria Orobtig has been instructed to find a club that will give him time to develop his style of football, but also a place where his family can settle in.

AC Milan 'details away' from Gabriel
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Cruzeiro have confirmed Milan need “only a few details” to complete goalkeeper Gabriel’s transfer to Milan.

“There are only a few economic details to go, but despite the fact Cruzeiro have tried to keep hold of Gabriel, he will become to all intents and purposes a Milan player from July,” director general Mattos told Observatorio de Esporte.

It was already well known that Gabriel had agreed terms to join the Rossoneri as their reserve shot-stopper.

“Gabriel has grown a great deal with us and Milan realised that too. This is why neither Cruzeiro nor the player could say no to such an important opportunity.”

Pato thankful for interest
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Milan forward Alexandre Pato has thanked the clubs to have contacted his agent about a possible transfer, one that he has then not ruled out.

Speaking whilst on international duty with the Brazil squad, the young striker was asked about rumours of a move away from Milan this summer.

Since a public outburst against Rossonero Coach Massimiliano Allegri at the turn of the year, the striker has been linked with a number of clubs. In particular, Paris Saint-Germain are keen and were on the verge of signing him in January, only for Milan President Silvio Berlusconi to veto the deal.

With the summer market approaching, the injury-plagued 22-year-old again encouraged the idea of leaving the Serie A runners-up.

“You never know what will happen in the future. I can only thank the clubs that have contacted my agent to inquire about purchasing me,” he told Brazilian site Terra.

“But, for now I’m only thinking about doing well on the pitch.

“I don’t know what will happen in the future, for now I want to only do my best on the field.”

Acerbi told to forget AC Milan
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Genoa President Enrico Preziosi has shot down Francesco Acerbi’s hopes of joining Milan. “At most he’ll see San Siro in a postcard.”

The defender is co-owned by Chievo and Genoa, but has been in talks with the Rossoneri for next season.

“I spoke to Acerbi and told him at most he’ll see San Siro in a postcard and perhaps he won’t even see it when playing for Genoa, which would already be a huge step forward for him,” said Preziosi.

“There is a co-ownership situation, we’ll see. The people, Presidents, players and everyone talk at the moment, but one has to realise who is talking rubbish.”

Baresi: Thiago Silva my heir
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Milan legend Franco Baresi has identified Thiago Silva as his natural successor in the Milan defence.

Baresi, who was voted the Rossoneri’s Player of the Century in 1999, spent his entire 20-year playing career with the San Siro outfit as an influential member of their defence.

With Alessandro Nesta having left Milan this summer, Baresi has talked up Silva’s chances of being the next in line to take a leading role as both he and Nesta once did for the club.

“I hope he is my heir,” began Baresi to Folha de Sao Paulo. “I would like him to stay at Milan for several years. He’s a player who has proven he has great qualities and that he is important for the future of Milan.

“It’s difficult to identify where he can still improve. He has already proven to have everything.”

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