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July 2013

Allegri: 'AC Milan must not get paranoid'
31.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri warned Milan not to get “affected by paranoia” after their dismal performance in a 5-3 defeat to Manchester City.

The Rossoneri fielded a makeshift line-up in the Audi Cup opener in Munich, but were 5-0 down after just 36 minutes.

“We did badly in the first half-hour, as there was some timidity and we didn’t put in a single tackle,” admitted Allegri on Mediaset.

“Many of the players had never been in an atmosphere like this. At this moment, with the internationals and injured out of action, we knew that we were going to run into some difficulties.

“We should’ve done better in terms of character, but then we got the game back on track and in the second half went close to making it 5-4. There are players who had a decent game today.”

The performance will cause concerns so close to the Champions League preliminary round, but Allegri defended his side.

“Jherson Vergara does not know Italian football, so he has to work. This is a process we must go through and it can go through some ugly moments, but we must be physically and tactically ready for the Champions League.

“We are a team with seven or eight players under 20, so we mustn’t get affected by paranoia after certain defeats. It was impossible in the circumstances to think of coming here and dominating Manchester City.”

Milan play the losing side of Bayern Munich-Sao Paulo in the third place play-off of the Audi Cup on Thursday, then begin a tour of America.

“In the United States we’ll have Mario Balotelli, Riccardo Montolivo and Cristian Zapata back, while Matias Silvestre will also arrive. Stephan El Shaarawy has only had four training sessions, plus Nigel de Jong and Sulley Muntari are improving their fitness levels.”

Audi Cup 2013: Manchester City 5:3 AC Milan - goals/highlights
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Audi Cup 2013: Manchester City 5:3 AC Milan - match report
31.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Silva 3 (MC), Richards 19 (MC), Kolarov 22 (MC), Dzeko 32, 36 (MC), El Shaarawy 37, 39 (M), Petagna 43 (M)

A makeshift Milan regained some dignity after going 5-0 down to Manchester City, but still lost the Audi Cup opener 5-3 in Munich.

The Rossoneri were without Mario Balotelli, Riccardo Montolivo, Mattia De Sciglio, Philippe Mexes and Daniele Bonera among others, so the defence was completely revamped and Bakaye Traore in an unusual deeper role. Stevan Jovetic made his Manchester City debut after a transfer from Fiorentina.

This was the opening game in the Audi Cup, a mini-tournament that includes Bayern Munich and Brazilian team Sao Paulo.

It took just three minutes to break the deadlock, as the Milan makeshift defence was caught out. A Jesus Navas cross from the right was knocked back by Jovetic for David Silva’s easy tap-in from close range.

Jovetic almost made it 2-0 soon after, his angled drive skimming the base of the far post, then Jherson Vergara almost scored an own goal with a mis-kick.

Milan were AWOL at the Allianz Arena. Micah Richards strolled into the Milan defence down the right and Marco Amelia got a hand to the shot, but could not keep out the rebound.

Aleksandar Kolarov has been linked with Juventus and Inter this summer, but he got City’s third. Jovetic sent him clear on the left and he found precious little resistance ahead of his precise angled drive.

Milan’s first foray into City’s final third was on 26 minutes, then Kevin-Prince Boateng shinned over the bar.

Jesus Navas was allowed to run down the right unmarked and roll across for Edin Dzeko to tap in at the back post from a couple of yards.

Dzeko added a fifth with a sensational strike, as he chested down, spun round and volleyed a Yaya Toure dinked pass over the top.

El Shaarawy was one of the few to make an effort and he scored a consolation goal when pouncing on a Javi Garcia defensive error to place his angled finish into the far bottom corner. The lifelong Rossoneri supporter hadn’t the heart to celebrate in the circumstances.

The Little Pharaoh was on target again moments later, as everyone stopped expecting the referee to award a free kick for a Kolarov push on Andrea Petagna, but El Shaarawy continued and strolled into an empty net.

Manchester City’s intensity and concentration dropped just as Milan’s awoke and 18-year-old Petagna got a third when springing the offside trap to nutmeg Joe Hart.

Before the break Hart rushed off his line and did just enough to deflect El Shaarawy’s side-foot finish out for a corner.

Gabriel was one of the second half substitutes, but fumbled the ball and was fortunate Samir Nasri couldn’t find the net. Joleon Lescott then prevented El Shaarawy completing his hat-trick when he hesitated to shoot from nine yards. Antonio Nocerino’s first touch also let him down clear on goal and Hart rushed off his line to deflect Boateng’s shot wide with a knee.

Gabriel showed smart reflexes to beat away a Javi Garcia free header from a corner, while Hart again had to be alert when Nocerino’s through ball sent Andrea Poli clear.

Alvaro Negredo’s screamer thumped the crossbar in the final stages. Milan will face the losers of Bayern Munich-Sao Paulo tomorrow in the Third Place match.

Manchester City 5-3 Milan

Scorers: Silva 3 (MC), Richards 19 (MC), Kolarov 22 (MC), Dzeko 32, 36 (MC), El Shaarawy 37, 39 (M), Petagna 43 (M)

Manchester City: Hart; Kolarov, Lescott, Garcia, Richards; David Silva (Milner 63), Yaya Toure, Fernandinho (Rodwell 46), Navas (Negredo 46); Jovetic (Nasri 46), Dzeko (Barry 63)

Milan: Amelia (Gabriel 46); Antonini, Zaccardo, Vergara (Pacifico 72), Constant (Emanuelson 64); Traore (Nocerino 46), de Jong (Cristante 72), Muntari (Poli 64); P Boateng (Pinato 78), Petagna (Niang 46); El Shaarawy (K Boateng 64)

Genoa want Niang on loan
31.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Genoa sporting director Daniele Delli Carri has confirmed the club’s interest in Milan striker M’Baye Niang.

“We’ve been following him for the last month,” the former Pescara official told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“If Milan decide to release him on loan then we would be interested in taking him on.”

Niang, 18, joined the Rossoneri from Caen last summer, but he failed to score in 20 League games for the Diavolo.

Zaccardo to fight for AC Milan shirt
31.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Cristian Zaccardo has ruled out the idea of leaving Milan this summer in search of regular first team football.

The 2006 World Cup winner joined the Diavolo in January from Parma, but subsequently appeared in just one League game.

“I’m staying in Rossonero to try and win a place in the team,” the former Palermo and Wolfsburg defender noted to Sky Sport Italia.

“There will be more possibilities this season and competition. You’ll have to battle for your first team shirt on a daily basis.

“I’m part of a prestigious club,” added the 31-year-old. “And we’ll be fighting for the Scudetto until the very end.”

AC Milan's Vergara inspired by Yepes
31.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Jherson Vergara says he bases his game on Mario Yepes – a player he has replaced at Milan this summer.

While Yepes was shown the door by the San Siro outfit at the end of his contract, the 19-year-old was netted from Deportes Quindío.

“Yepes, the captain of my national team, is my role model,” the defender noted to Milan Channel in an interview.

Yepes, now with Atalanta, is not the only Colombian who Vergara looks up to. “Teammate Cristian Zapata is helping me a lot here.

“He is like a big brother to me in the way he gives me so much advice. I am very relaxed, but also very happy.”

Vergara will be given a chance to impress in pre-season given the injuries to Daniele Bonera, Philippe Mexes and Mattia De Sciglio.

“I am working hard,” added the South American. “Now I have the chance to get used to the Italian style of football and that of Milan in particular.

“My dream is to win everything with Milan.”

Allegri: Silvestre is a great player
30.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri has claimed that new signing Matias Silvestre is ‘a great player’.

The cente-back has joined the Rossoneri on a season-long loan from Inter, who, according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, will receive €1m for the defender.

The Diavolo will then have to pay €4m if they want to sign the 28-year-old outright at the end of the loan deal.

“We are generally not in a hurry to sign players,” Allegri told a Press conference. “But Silvestre is a good player.”

AC Milan to up Honda bid
30.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Reports on Milan’s official television station have claimed that the club are willing to up their offer for Keisuke Honda.

The Rossoneri were holding firm with a bid of €3m for the CSKA Moscow midfielder, but following’s Robinho’s injury at the weekend, Milan Channel insist that the offer will be upped.

The Brazil international picked up a thigh strain against Valencia on Saturday, leaving Massimiliano Allegri’s side without a trequarista.

As such, they are willing to offer the Russian side more money, although an actual figure has not been released.

The Japanese attacker’s contract runs out in January 2014, and could join the San Siro team in the winter for free.

AC Milan confirm Silvestre deal
30.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan have done a deal with city rivals Inter for Matias Silvestre, Rossonero Vice-President Adriano Galliani has stated.

Fellow official Ariedo Braida met with the Nerazzurri this afternoon to agree terms for the Argentine defender.

“Talks have been completed for Silvestre,” Galliani noted to Sky Sport Italia. “He’ll soon have his medical with us.”

Milan made a move for the former Catania and Palermo centre-back given the recent injuries to Daniele Bonera and Philippe Mexes.

Silvestre, who Inter were forced to sign outright from Palermo this summer after a loan spell last term, was available for transfer.

He was omitted from Inter’s pre-season training squad by new boss Walter Mazzarri and subsequently turned down a move to Parma. Genoa were also keen.

It is understood that the 28-year-old will join the Rossoneri on loan, with an option to buy next June.

De Sciglio and Mexes injured
30.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Mattia De Sciglio and Philippe Mexes are out of Milan’s squad for the Audi Cup and the Guinness International Champions Cup.

The defensive duo have been omitted from Massimiliano Allegri’s party because of injuries.

The Italian has twisted his left knee which will require more tests within the next two weeks. Mexes, meanwhile, has suffered a muscle strain.

Milan are struggling for centre-backs at the moment given that Daniele Bonera has been ruled out of action for the next three months.

Mario Balotelli, Riccardo Montolivo and Cristian Zapata will meet up with the rest of the squad in Frankfurt on August 2, ahead of their trip to the United States.

Squad: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel; Antonini, Constant, Iotti, Pacifico, Pinato, Vergara, Zaccardo; Boateng, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Muntari, Nocerino, Poli, Traorè; Kingsley Boateng, El Shaarawy, Niang, Petagna.

El Shaarawy in wrong position?
30.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Genoa Primavera boss Stefano Eranio believes Stephan El Shaarawy should be used in a midfield role by Milan.

The forward scored 16 goals in 37 League games for the Diavolo last term, while he was mainly used as a wide attacker.

“At the start of last season, El Shaarawy showed all of his qualities by dragging his team forward in a moment of difficulty,” the former Genoa and Milan player told Tuttosport.

“Then he got lost a bit because perhaps he didn’t feel the faith of the environment and everything he was attempting didn’t come off.

“I think that affected him in the closing stages of the championship and that is without taking into account his technical characteristics.

“I think he would be more suited to playing in a midfield role rather than as a wide striker. Anyhow, I think this could be the season of his consecration.”

El Shaarawy, now a full Italian international, joined Milan in 2011 from Genoa after spending a year on loan in Serie B with Padova.

Genoa hint at Granqvist to AC Milan
30.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi hinted at a deal to sell Andreas Granqvist to Milan. “We’ll see.”

Preziosi had dinner with Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani this evening after the Serie A 2013-14 fixture list was drawn up.

“Granqvist to Milan? We’ll see,” Preziosi told Sky Sport Italia.

Milan need a defender after Daniele Bonera was ruled out for three months with a fractured knee-cap.

They had been in negotiations to take Matias Silvestre on loan from Inter, but the talks collapsed tonight.

Curiously, Silvestre is now likely to join Genoa instead, freeing up Granqvist to Milan.

“We will not exchange Alberto Gilardino with Roma’s Marco Borriello. We’re staying as we are,” he added.

'Ljajic must prove he wants Fiorentina'
30.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Fiorentina director Daniele Pradè warned Adem Ljajic must “prove he wants to stay, otherwise the doors are open.”

His current deal expires in June 2014 and he has been linked with a move to Milan.

“We are working on Ljajic’s renewal,” director of sport Pradè told Sky Sport Italia.

“The main thing is that he wants to remain at Fiorentina and he has to prove it, otherwise the doors are open for everyone.

“We are a strong team and a strong club, so this forces the player to let us know what he wants to do.”

Fiorentina have already stated they will not allow Ljajic to follow in the footsteps of Riccardo Montolivo, who left as a free agent to join Milan last summer when his contract expired.

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AC Milan: 'We give up on Silvestre'
29.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan have abandoned negotiations with Inter for Matias Silvestre, confirmed Vice-President Adriano Galliani.

“Instead of getting closer with today’s talks, we moved further away,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Therefore we are looking to other objectives instead. Have we abandoned the Silvestre option? Yes.”

Milan had been eager to take the defender on loan after Daniele Bonera was ruled out for three months with a fractured knee-cap.

It is reported Inter wanted either to sell Silvestre or loan the Argentine out for a fee with option to buy.

Galliani was speaking ahead of the ceremony to draw up the Serie A 2013-14 fixture list.

Mexes: AC Milan will fight for Scudetto
29.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Philippe Mexes has insisted that Milan will fight for the Scudetto next season with the help of Mario Balotelli.

The French centre-back has admitted that the Rossoneri's squad size hindered them last term, but has claimed that with the 'League's best striker' the San Siro side can claim silverware.

“The Scudetto? We are Milan,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “We'll fight for it.

“We did not have the same reinforcements as other teams last season, but we were equally as competitive.

“And we have the best striker in the League – Mario Balotelli.”

The 31-year-old then commented on his future and the potential signing of Matias Silvestre from Inter.

“I just want to work day after day. I have a contract until June 2015, so I'm not worried.

“Silvestre to replace Bonera? Any player will be useful to the cause.”

Galliani confirms Silvestre talks
29.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has admitted that a deal to sign Matias Silvestre is in progress.

The Inter centre-back is being targeted by the Rossoneri after Daniele Bonera suffered a fractured kneecap over the weekend.

And the board member has insisted that an agreement with the Nerazzuri is on the cards, whilst also commenting on Robinho’s injury and M’Baye Niang’s potential move away from San Siro.

“We're in talks with Inter for Silvestre,” he told reporters. “Now I will meet with the Inter directors to find an agreement.

“We still haven't agreed upon what kind of deal it will be for Silvestre.

“We're counting on having Robinho ready for the Champions League play-offs.

“If Niang leaves Milan then it won't be before the Champions League play-offs."

AC Milan ask Inter for Silvestre
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

With Daniele Bonera out for three months, it’s reported Milan are in talks for Inter defender Matias Silvestre.

It was announced this evening that Bonera is out for 70-90 days with a fractured right knee-cap, leaving the Rossoneri with a gaping hole in their defence.

Sky Sport Italia claim they have immediately rushed to find a suitable replacement, targeting Inter benchwarmer Silvestre.

The Argentine has had a chaotic summer, as Inter did not want to make his loan move from Palermo permanent, but were forced to by a clause in his contract.

He turned down a transfer to Parma as part of the Ishak Belfodil move and is now considering an offer from Genoa.

Milan’s injury problems have seen them dive back on to Silvestre, though they hope to take him on loan rather than in a co-ownership deal.

Van Basten on Juventus and AC Milan
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Marco Van Basten trusts Juventus are “ready to win in Europe too,” but Milan have “a few problems with money.”

The Dutch and Rossoneri legend is currently Coach of Heerenveen and spoke to Sky Sport Italia about the Serie A scene.

“With Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, Juve are ready to win in Europe too,” said Van Basten.

“Last season Antonio Conte’s men won the Scudetto easily. With these two strikers, they can do well on the continent as well.”

Milan have been keeping the purse strings tight this summer and are in negotiations with CSKA Moscow for Keisuke Honda.

“The Rossoneri have a few problems with money, so it’s not easy to carry on competing with the likes of Manchester City, PSG and Real Madrid on the transfer market.

“Is it better to have Tevez or Mario Balotelli? Both are great players and I’d accept them if they wanted to come to Heerenveen!”

Bonera and Robinho injured
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Daniele Bonera is out for up to three months after fracturing his right knee-cap, while Robinho is also badly injured.

The Milan defender underwent tests and visited specialist Professor Herbert Schonhuber, who advised against surgery.

Instead, the Rossoneri confirmed that Bonera will be out of action for “between 70 and 90 days, excluding complications.”

Milan also announced that Robinho suffered an upper left thigh strain and “he will undergo further tests in two weeks for a complete definition of the situation.”

This suggests the Brazilian could be out of action for some time and is at risk for the Champions League play-offs.

CSKA: 'Better offers for Honda'
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

CKSA Moscow slammed Milan for their Keisuke Honda bid. “We’ve had better offers and they can’t treat us like losers.”

Japanese international Honda’s contract is up on December 31, so he will be able to join the Rossoneri as a free agent in January.

Milan are eager to sign him now, but CSKA Moscow have baulked at the €2m proposal.

“We’ve had better offers for Honda compared to the Milan one. Certainly more interesting and economically viable,” said President Yevgeny Giner.

He spoke after Honda scored with a sensational free kick in today’s 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.

“The issue regards both the sum payable to CSKA and the player’s wages. Milan are an important club and Adriano Galliani is an excellent director.

“However, they have to understand in Italy that they can’t treat us like losers, nor will we let ourselves be conditioned by the newspapers.

“Honda has not lost any motivation. He is a CSKA player and has a contract with CSKA.”

Serie A 2013-14 fixtures due on Monday
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The Serie A 2013-14 fixture list will be drawn up on Monday evening using a complex set of variables.

The ceremony to set the calendar begins at 17.00 GMT, while the season runs from August 24 to May 18.

Fixtures are put together by a computer using a set of variables, which the Lega Serie A has released.

1. Home and away games

a) In the last four rounds, home games are alternated with away

b) There can be no more than two couplings of consecutive games at home and/or away per half of the season

c) In case there are two couplings of consecutive games at home and/or away, one of the couplings must necessarily be at home and the other away

d) The following clubs cannot both play at home in the same round: Cagliari-Udinese, Chievo-Hellas Verona, Genoa-Sampdoria, Inter-Milan, Juventus-Torino, Lazio-Roma, Parma-Sassuolo

e) In every possible case, other events in the city or around the stadium have been taken into account

f) In the cities who have two Serie A home teams (Genoa, Milan, Turin and Verona), the order of home debut is inverted compared to 2012-13.

g) The club who played the last game of Serie A 2012-13 away must play their first match at home.

2 For combining teams in single matches

a) In midweek rounds it is not possible to have meetings between the clubs Inter, Juventus, Milan, Napoli and Roma, nor local derbies in Genoa, Rome, Turin and Verona

b) The local derbies in Genoa, Milan, Roma, Turin and Verona are not possible in the first nor last round and must be played in different rounds from each other

c) Apart from those points above, there are no ‘seeds’ in the draw, so every club can face off in the first or last round

d) There can be no round repeated (same game in the same week) from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 calendars

e) Teams who also met in the first round in 2011-12 and 2012-13 cannot meet again in the first round of 2013-14

f) Teams who also met in the final round in 2011-12 and 2012-13 cannot meet again in the final round of 2013-14

g) Clubs participating in the Champions League cannot face clubs participating in the Europa League during Weeks 6, 9, 13 and 16.

Kyenge: 'Racists fear Balotelli'
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge spoke out on racism in Italy and its stadiums. “People felt threatened by Mario Balotelli.”

Congolese-born surgeon Kyenge is the first black minister in the Italian Government and was also subjected to racist slurs, most recently this week when someone threw bananas at the stage during a political rally.

She reacted with great dignity and class, suggesting “that was a waste of perfectly good food during an economic crisis.”

With another racist incident seeing Kevin Constant storm off during Milan’s Trofeo TIM match with Sassuolo, Kyenge was interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport on how to fight this growing phenomenon.

“If you are a good administrator or political leader, then you have to be able to recognise this problem, understand the causes and find the right way to communicate and react,” she explained.

“Racism is helped by the economic crisis, by fear, insecurity and an idea of diversity that is never presented as enriching the culture.

“After all, what’s happening to me also happened to Balotelli. While he was an Italian player and that’s it, especially when playing abroad, he was in some way accepted. Then he represented Italy, playing for the Nazionale, scoring and winning. At that point, some people felt threatened.

“It’s a little bit like what happened when I was made Minister. It all comes down to fear of diversity, which is why we must change our way of communicating what diversity really is.”

Balotelli and Angelo Ogbonna are currently the only black players in the Italy squad, as both were born in Italy from African parents.

As Balotelli was not officially adopted by his Italian foster family, he had to wait until he turned 18 to gain Italian citizenship. One of Kyenge’s initiatives is aimed at making it simpler for those born in Italy from foreign parents to become citizens.

“A multi-ethnic Nazionale is inevitable, natural and unstoppable,” continued Kyenge.

“Sport is waking up to the problem of racism and we must multiply our initiatives. From Tuesday we start a three-year plan to fight racial discrimination. Will I go to Brazil for the World Cup? I hope so.”

Niang to Sampdoria for Poli?
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan could sell half of M’baye Niang to Sampdoria in exchange for full ownership of Andrea Poli.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Niang is eager to find more regular playing time in Serie A, as he managed only 875 minutes of football in 20 appearances last season without scoring.

The Blucerchiati would welcome a new young forward after selling Mauro Icardi to Inter and a co-ownership deal suits all parties.

It also helps Milan, as they are in a co-ownership agreement with Sampdoria for midfielder Poli and could exchange 50 per cent of Niang for full possession of Poli.

Niang is still only 18 years old and the Rossoneri feel he’d benefit from playing under less pressure than at San Siro.

CSKA warn AC Milan over Honda
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

CSKA Moscow have reiterated they won’t sell Keisuke Honda to Milan “unless there is a suitable offer.”

The Japanese international will be a free agent in January and already has a deal to join the Rossoneri then, but the clubs are in negotiations for an immediate switch.

“Honda can talk to other clubs about his future, but for the moment he cannot leave unless there is a suitable offer,” President Yevgeni Giner told the Russian media.

“There are rumours of proposals that reach €1.5m-€2m, but this is not a solution that is useful for us. He is an important player for us and can help us earn €2m if we get through the Champions League play-offs.

“Besides, if he plays at his best, then he could earn himself a better contract. He might not necessarily end up at Milan at all.”

Zamparini: 'Palermo can be Milan of the South'
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Maurizio Zamparini praised Coach Gennaro Gattuso and claims together they can make Palermo “the Milan of the South.”

The Sicilians have revamped after their relegation into Serie B and hired ex-Rossoneri midfielder Gattuso as their new tactician.

“We are working to construct a very strong team,” declared President Zamparini in the Corriere dello Sport.

“I have already seen team spirit and will bring in more players over the summer. If we fail to get promoted back into Serie A, it will be a worse failure than our relegation.

“The last two seasons have been disastrous and the blame has to be spread around. We must do the impossible to win back the fans. At least this dismal run has had one positive effect, allowing us to find Gattuso, a man I admire a great deal.”

Gattuso had a brief spell as player-manager at Swiss side FC Sion before he was handed the job at Palermo.

“This was an opportunity at the right time for both of us. His agent called me, made a proposal and I invited Gattuso to meet me. It took a 10-minute conversation to decide we’d go forward together.

“We have constructed the squad looking forward to the next four years, by which time we’ll be in a high-level competition. I’ve never had a Coach like Gattuso before. He is a Coach, but above all a man.

“Will Gattuso be on the Milan bench in future? I hope Palermo can become the Milan of the South with Gattuso at the helm for a long time to come.”

Zamparini was brutal when asked about former Palermo captain Fabrizio Miccoli, who was embroiled in a scandal due to his friendship with the son of a Mafia boss.

“Miccoli? He’s cancelled from my memory.”

Diamanti: 'I am Bologna's leader'
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alessandro Diamanti blasted reports he wants to join Juventus or Milan. “I am the leader and captain of Bologna.”

The trequartista had been heavily linked with the Serie A giants after a strong campaign and performance in the Confederations Cup.

“I read many invented stories about me recently,” he told the Corriere di Bologna newspaper.

“I have found a fantastic squad, spoke to my family and returned from vacation a few days early because I want to be ready for the start of the new season.

“I am the leader and captain of Bologna, so I have to be in the best shape.”

Allegri worried about Robinho
28.7 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri admitted to concerns after Milan’s 2-1 win in Valencia, above all Robinho’s injury.

The Rossoneri won the opening game of the International Champions Cup tournament at the Mestalla on Saturday night.

“It was a very intense match,” he told SportMediaset. “I wanted to see if the team was in the right physical and psychological condition. We need to improve, as at the end we were struggling to stay on our feet, but for the moment I am satisfied.”

It was an eventful match for Robinho, who saw a penalty saved, scored the opener and then went off with a groin injury.

“The doctors will evaluate Robinho’s condition over the next couple of days. I hope to have Mario Balotelli and the other internationals in the squad for the Audi Cup next week.”

Milan will go on to face the winners of Chelsea-Inter in the next round of the International Champions Cup in New York on August 4.

“It was important to have a strong performance, especially in defence. Some players need a little more time on the field, but we always play to win, as victories help you to work better.

“We’re on the right track, though we have to do better in the final third. I am glad Nigel De Jong got his goal, as he deserved it.”

Friendly: Valencia 1:2 AC Milan - goals/highlights
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Friendly: Valencia 1:2 AC Milan - match report
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Scorers: Robinho 22 (M), De Jong 38 (M), Dani Parejo 53 (V)

Milan conquered Valencia 2-1 at the Mestalla and will therefore face Inter or Chelsea in the Guinness International Champions Cup.

This was the opening match of the Guinness International Champions Cup and, unlike the rest of the tournament to be played in the United States, was at the Mestalla in Valencia.

Other teams in the competition are Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter, Chelsea, Everton and LA Galaxy. Milan will face the winners of Chelsea-Inter on August 4 in New York.

Christian Abbiati was called into action early on when Ever Banega dispossessed Philippe Mexes, then Vicente Guaita brought down Andrea Poli. Robinho stepped up for the penalty, but hit a weak effort straight into the arms of the goalkeeper, just days after ballooning another spot-kick over the bar against Sassuolo.

Robinho made up for the error moments later, springing the offside trap from a Poli through ball to place the angled drive into the far bottom corner.

The Brazilian’s evening took another twist when he picked up an injury and had to make way for Urby Emanuelson.

Nigel De Jong confirmed his Achilles tendon injury is behind him with a fantastic goal, thumping a right-foot screamer into the top corner from outside the box.

The Dutchman almost added a second with his free kick just wide of the upright, but Valencia got one back with a very well-worked goal. A chipped Jonas pass over the top was rolled across by Alcacer for Dani Parejo to sidefoot home from close range.

Emanuelson forced a corner, while Alcacer’s strike and a Banega free kick skimmed the woodwork. Milan were fortunate to hang on to the lead when Federico Cartabia’s rocket rattled the crossbar in the final minutes. Fede had another fierce strike that stung Gabriel’s palms and the Brazilian goalkeeper had to deny a Jonathan Viera header too.

It was a siege in stoppages as Milan ran out of steam and Cristian Zaccardo’s goalline clearance was crucial.

Valencia 1-2 Milan

Scorers: Robinho 22 (M), De Jong 38 (M), Dani Parejo 53 (V)

Saved penalty: Robinho 21 (M)

Valencia: Guaita (Diego Alves 46); Joao, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu (Guardado 66) (Fede 74); Javi Fuego (Jonathan Viera 66), Dani Parejo (Oriol Romeu 66); Feghouli, Ever Banega (Michel 66), Jonas (Bernat 66); Alcacer

Milan: Abbiati (Gabriel 46); Antonini, Bonera (Zaccardo 71), Mexes, Constant; Nocerino, De Jong (Cristante 62); Poli (Muntari 46), Robinho (Emanuelson 25), Boateng (El Shaarawy 69); Petagna (Niang 82).

Robinho: 'It will be my year at AC Milan'
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Robinho hopes “this can be my year and that of Milan,” after renewing his contract with the San Siro giants.

The striker had been on the verge of a transfer to Santos, but it collapsed due to financial considerations, so he signed a new deal on reduced wages to June 2016.

“I am happy to know that the club wanted to renew my contract. Now I hope this can be my year and that of Milan,” he said in a Press conference.

“This year also becomes important for me and the World Cup. I had already said that Milan are a team you should play for over 10 years.”

Robinho was speaking to the media ahead of tonight’s friendly against Valencia at the Mestalla, which kicks off at 19.00 UK time.

“Playing against Valencia is difficult, as the stadium is wonderful and the crowd are fired up. It will be important to do well this evening.

“There is always the desire to win at Milan, so even if this is a summer pre-season tournament, our objective is always the same: victory.”

AIC: 'Constant racism walk-off was wrong'
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Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi reminded Kevin Constant of the “code of behaviour” after he stormed off due to racist abuse.

The Milan full-back kicked the ball into the stands and walked off the field during a Trofeo TIM summer friendly against Sassuolo when he heard a racist insult from a fan.

As the referee, officials and teammates did not hear it, they were not in a position to halt the game. Being a friendly, the referee decided to allow Milan’s substitution rather than penalise Constant.

“I spoke to Constant and manifested my solidarity, but I also reminded him there is a code of behaviour that has to be respected,” explained AIC President Tommasi.

The incident was similar to the one that saw Kevin-Prince Boateng storm off during a midweek friendly against Pro Patria, although there was a fundamental difference.

In that occasion, the racist abuse was heard by the officials, who had already stopped play several times and delivered warnings to the offensive crowd members. Constant appeared to walk off at the first indication of racist abuse, breaking the protocol put in place for these situations.

He also commented on encouraging Serie A clubs to use more home-grown Under-21 players on a regular basis.

“The European Under-21 Championship Final against Spain was the perfect example: our players, albeit with great potential, lost the duel against more experienced players, because almost all the Spanish Under-21s had already made their Champions League debuts.

“In Italy they only believe in youth when they are forced to do so. The arrival of many foreign champions into Serie A can be good for the clubs on an international level, but not so good for the young home-grown players.

“Since 2011 there has been talk of introducing ‘B Teams’ for the top flight clubs, but we have to see what benefits it can bring. There’s nothing worse than playing a youngster just because he’s young and not because they believe in his abilities.”

Constant - Strasser exchange
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Today Genoa announced that they have bought midfielder Strasser from Milan in exchange for the remaining 50 per cent of Kevin Constant’s contract.

It means that Milan now own Constant outright.

De Sciglio targets Champions League
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Mattia De Sciglio has his sights set on Milan’s Champions League preliminary round and becoming a key player.

“The team is working very well, as we know that the Champions League play-off is in a month, so we have to reach that appointment in the best possible way,” he told Milan Channel.

The full-back spent the summer at the Confederations Cup with Italy despite being only 20 years old.

“My personal objective is to play consistently, as I did last season, so I will always ensure that I am ready.

“We mustn’t make the same mistake of starting the season badly, so have to use the memories of last term to get off on the right foot.”

AC Milan face Valencia tomorrow
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AC Milan face Valencia in the opening Guinness International Champions Cup on Saturday and Coach Miroslav Djukic is looking forward to it.

The tournament will be held throughout America over the next few weeks, including teams like Juventus, Inter, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Everton.

The inaugural game is played at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium on Saturday evening, kicking off at 19.00 UK time (18.00 GMT).

Massimiliano Allegri named his squad for the game, including Stephan El Shaarawy, but not Mario Balotelli.

“It is going to be a very important game for us,” said Valencia Coach Djukic. “Playing in front of our fans and against a great team.

“We have to show we can win. And it’s going to be a good test of our championship mentality – which is something we’ve been working on.

“We have to be equal with a rival team, but also be convinced of our own ability. We have worked on defensive adjustments in a training camp in Germany, and have tried to be more aggressive in midfield.”

AC Milan squad for Valencia: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel; Antonini, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Vergara, Zaccardo; Boateng, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Muntari, Nocerino, Poli, Traorè; El Shaarawy, Niang, Petagna, Robinho.

Cellino 'rules out' Astori to AC Milan
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Cagliari President Massimo Cellino warned he can “absolutely rule out” Davide Astori’s proposed move to Milan.

The Italy international defender is a prime transfer target for the summer, though also of interest to Napoli and Southampton.

“Astori to Milan? I can absolutely rule that out,” Cellino snapped at

“I don’t know where this news is coming from, as it is pure fantasy. There are no negotiations in place and I see no possibility of a sale. The player will remain at Cagliari.”

It had been reported Astori was hoping to reunite with former Cagliari Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Meanwhile, Milan have officially loaned Nigerian striker Nnamdi Oduamadi to Brescia with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Galliani: 'Benfica offered Ola John'
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“Ola John is of great interest,” confirmed Milan chief Adriano Galliani. “Benfica offered him to us and we’re thinking about it.”

Vice-President Galliani spoke to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo about the Dutch international winger.

“Ola John is of great interest to us. Benfica offered him to us and we’re thinking about it,” commented Galliani.

“I cannot say whether it is for a loan or something else right now.”

O Jogo maintain Milan are prepared to offer €15m for the 21-year-old left-sided attacker, but Italian papers are more doubtful they’d reach that sum.

Pazzini wants to win 'everything'
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AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini believes that the club 'must aim to win everything' this season.

The Rossoneri forward is hoping for success in the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Champions League, and has also hinted at how his recovery from injury is progressing.

“I love playing in the Champions League,” he told a Google + Hangout on the club's website.

“I hope to score this year because last season I did not succeed.

“A team like Milan must always aim to win everything.

“My recovery is going okay. It takes patience.

“Today I made a visit to a specialist and it seems things are progressing well.”

AC Milan to wait for Paletta
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Parma defender Gabriel Paletta could be a step closer to Milan, Corriere dello Sport have claimed.

The Rome-based newspaper has insisted that the Argentine centre-back is unlikely to sign a new contract with the Crociati after comments made by CEO Pietro Leonardi insisting he can only leave for €35m.

As such, the 27-year-old is unlikely to pen a new deal with the Ennio Tardini club when his current deal runs out next summer.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men were reportedly put off by the asking price slapped on Paletta, but could now wait until January or even next summer to sign the former Boca Juniors man.

Antonini dreams of Champions League success
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AC Milan defender Luca Antonini wants to win all three competitions this season, but admits that first the Rossoneri must qualify for the Champions League.

The San Siro finished third last term and therefore have to go through a play-off in order to make the group stages of the European Cup.

And the full-back has insisted that whoever they face, Massimiliano Allegri’s team will find it tough.

“We are preparing for the Champions League play-off,” he told Milan Channel.

“We are focused and working hard on reaching the group stages.

“Milan’s objectives must always be to achieve the best results possible – and in this case, that’s go further than the play-offs.

“My dream is to win the Champions League after winning the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia.”

AC Milan want Honda at right price
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AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani says he won’t overpay to sign CSKA Moscow’s Keisuke Honda this summer.

The Rossoneri have already agreed to net the player in January on a Bosman once his contract expires, but they’ve offered the Russian club a nominal fee to net the midfielder immediately.

“The gift to the fans is Honda, it can only be Honda at this moment in time,” the official stated on Thursday.

“The player wants Milan, but we can’t exaggerate as he will be a free agent in four months,” he continued.

“We’ll keep trying to sign him until we have to name our Champions League squad, then we’ll abandon the chase.

“We have made an offer and if they decrease their expectations then Honda will arrive at Milan. Let’s hope so…”

The transfer chief also confirmed reports that the Diavolo are close to taking full ownership of Kevin Constant from Genoa.

“We are looking to sign the second half of Constant’s contract in return for the full rights of Rodney Strasser.”

Coppa Italia draw completed
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The draw for the Coppa Italia has pitted Inter against either Cittadella, Perugia or Savona with a possible Milan derby in the quarter-finals.

The competition kicks off on August 4 with the Lega Pro and Lega Dilettanti clubs in action, while the first Serie A sides enter in the Third Round on August 17.

Inter, Parma, Cagliari, Chievo, Bologna, Sampdoria, Atalanta, Torino, Genoa, Sassuolo, Hellas Verona and Livorno come in during that round.

The tennis-style seeding system has the potential for Inter to meet Milan in the quarter-finals. Other potential quarters are Roma-Juventus, Lazio-Napoli and Fiorentina-Catania.

Third Round

Inter: (Perugia-Savona) - Cittadella

Parma: (Lecce-Santhià) - Ternana

Cagliari: (Frosinone-L'Aquila) - Modena

Chievo: (SudTirol-Matera) - Empoli

Bologna: (Salernitana-Teramo) - Brescia

Sampdoria: (Benevento-Pontedera) - Virtus Lanciano

Atalanta: (Lumezzane-Massese 1919) - Bari

Torino: (Nocerina-Pordenone) - Pescara

Genoa: (Paganese-Pro Patria) - Spezia

Sassuolo: (Grosseto-Unione Venezia) - Novara

Hellas Verona: (Cremonese-Viareggio) - Palermo

Livorno: (Pisa-Termoli) – Siena

Sassuolo on Constant racist abuse
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Sassuolo have condemned racist insults aimed at Milan’s Kevin Constant, but defended the reputation of their fans.

Constant stormed off during last night’s Trofeo TIM tournament at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia when he heard alleged racist abuse from the crowd.

As nobody else seemed to hear the insults, the referee did not stop the game, but allowed Constant to be substituted.

“With reference to the incident that occurred during the Trofeo TIM, Sassuolo Calcio await the results of the investigation and fully condemn any racist expression,” read a statement.

“In any case, we also underline the extraordinary fair play of Sassuolo fans in general. Over the years and during the Trofeo TIM last night they supported their team with the utmost sporting values, never transcending into vulgar chants and ensuring visiting fans enjoyed their hospitality.”

Milan also released a statement that condemned racist abuse, but criticised Constant for taking the matter into his own hands.

There is a protocol put in place for Italian football matches when there is racist abuse, as only the referee has the authority to stop the game.

AC Milan issue Constant - racism statement
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AC Milan have released an official statement after Kevin Constant responded to racist chants on Tuesday by walking off the field of play.

The defender opted to head for the changing rooms during the 45-minute game against Sassuolo in the Trofeo TIM after being abused by fans in the crowd.

“On the evening of July 23rd 2013 there was another episode involving racist intolerance and this time the victim was Kevin Constant, who reacted by leaving the field of play,” the statement read.

“This was not a decision he should have taken upon himself to make and despite his more than understandable reasons and the anger he must have felt, AC Milan would like to remind everyone that the only people responsible for intervening against any manifestations that offend the human dignity, which includes racial discrimination, are the referee in charge of the match and the head of public safety.

“The use of the legal system and institutional rights, which every member of the public requires to exist in a civil society, does not compensate for the fact that these episodes continue to happen at a frequent rate.

“Racism has no alibis, not if those of a distorted mind believe that men should be divided because of the colour of their skin or because of their nationality, or if their manifestations – gestures, words or sounds – are the result of a foul and nasty recurring essence born of a miserable mind that is incapable of formulating an opinion because such opinions are too horrible.

“Both categories deserve zero tolerance, and they should no longer have it as of today. It is not so much about defending a footballer or a sport but the entire civil world, to which these people have never belonged to.”

Galliani: 'Abused Constant wrong to walk'
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AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani says Kevin Constant was wrong to walk off the field of play after being racially abused.

The defender kicked the ball into the stands and headed into the changing rooms during the Trofeo TIM match against Sassuolo on Tuesday night.

“Racist chants are outrageous, but, with all the solidarity of this world to the player, there are rules in football,” the Vice-President told Sky Sport Italia.

“If there are chants then you inform the referee, he then tells the fourth official who advises the police authorities.

“Once they are informed then it will be up to them whether to stop the game or not. I’ve said if before and I’ll say it again, you don’t walk off the pitch.”

Allegri pleased with AC Milan shape
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AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is satisfied with what his side showed in Tuesday’s Trofeo TIM versus Juventus and Sassuolo.

The Diavolo beat Juve on penalties after a 0-0 draw, while they lost 2-1 to the newly promoted side who went on to lift the trophy.

“We played well against Juventus and for 30 minutes of the second game,” the former Cagliari tactician commented.

“I’m pretty satisfied with what the players did. It was a good training session and a good test in terms of fitness and tactics.

“Sassuolo played really well, while Juventus will be one of the favourites to win the championship.”

Allegri was especially pleased with Nigel De Jong, the Dutch midfield enforcer who was named as player of the tournament.

“I didn’t think he was at such an advanced stage, so that is obviously good. But we’re all in good shape, the international players will return on Wednesday and we’ll be able to train together.”

Sassuolo see off AC Milan for TIM trophy
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Sassuolo beat Milan 2-1 to win the Trofeo TIM, but the game was marred by Kevin Constant storming off due to alleged racist abuse.

This was the decider of the Trofeo TIM after Juventus lost to Milan on penalties and beat Sassuolo in another shoot-out. The final 45-minute match at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia rounded out the evening.

The first goal of the summer tournament arrived after four minutes, as Andrea Petagna pounced on a poor Jonathan Rossini backpass and shrugged off the goalkeeper to deposit into an empty net. The striker turned 18 last month and is a star of the Milan youth team.

A Robinho strike was charged down and Bianco went close for the hosts with a backheel flick wide from a corner.

Another defensive error handed Sassuolo the equaliser, as goalkeeper Gabriel’s pass to promising Canadian-Italian midfielder Bryan Cristante was intercepted and Gaetano Masucci blasted it low into the near bottom corner.

Robinho wasted a golden opportunity with poor finishing moments later and was booed off the field by Milan fans. His rapport with the supporters has been damaged by the on-again off-again move to Santos that never materialised.

Petagna pounced on another howler and this time desperate Francesco Manganelli defending prevented Andrea Poli from taking the lead. Alberto Pomini also required a tough save on Petagna’s snapshot.

The evening took a very nasty turn after 34 minutes when Kevin Constant suddenly kicked the ball into the stands and stormed off into the locker room. He said he heard a racist insult, but nobody else on the field appeared to. Milan sent on a substitute and the referee followed protocol by sending out a message over the tannoy system warning the game could be suspended.

It was similar to the incident that saw Kevin-Prince Boateng leave during a midweek friendly against Pro Patria, but that was after repeated racist chanting and the rest of the team followed him.

Cristian Zaccardo scored, although he was in an offside position.

Milan ended the game with 10 men, as Cristante committed a second bookable offence. This too had seemed ready for penalties, until Masucci sprung the offside trap from a Gomes through ball and kept his cool to side-foot past Gabriel.

That goal completed Masucci’s brace and gave Sassuolo the 13th edition of the Trofeo TIM. Sassuolo end the tournament with four points, followed by Juventus on three and Milan two.

AC Milan 1-2 Sassuolo

Scorers: Petagna 4 (M), Masucci 12, 45 (S)

AC Milan: Gabriel; Zaccardo, Bonera, Mexes (Strasser 28), Constant (Piccinocchi 35); Poli, Cristante, Nocerino (Traore 24); Emanuelson; Robinho (Niang 19) (Kinglsey Boateng 37), Petagna (Oduamadi 44)

Sassuolo: Pomini; Marzorati, Rossini, Bianco (Gliozzi 44), Longhi (Laverone 11); Kurtic (Gomes 11), Manganelli, Missiroli (Laribi 11); Falcinelli, Masucci, Pavoletti

Ref: Gervasoni

Sent off: Cristante 41 (M)

AC Milan beat Juventus in Trofeo TIM
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Robinho had a penalty saved, but Milan beat Juventus in a sudden death shoot-out for the opening Trofeo TIM match.

“We did fairly well, though it’s normal we don’t have the pace of future games. I am relatively satisfied when facing Juventus as, even if it’s a friendly, it is still a tough test,” said Massimiliano Allegri.

“Regardless of the victory, which is still important, the lads played pretty well, though we need to improve in physical and tactical terms. The transfer market is still long, Adriano Galliani knows what can be done, but the important thing will be for me to focus on the players at my disposal.”

The 13th edition of the Trofeo TIM involves Juventus, Milan and Serie A newcomers Sassuolo, who play each other in three 45-minute matches. It is hosted at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.

The Bianconeri debuted their brand-new strike partnership of Tevez and Llorente with defender Angelo Ogbonna, while Nigel de Jong was back for the Rossoneri after damaging his Achilles tendon in December 2012.

There were early penalty appeals for a Philippe Mexes tackle on Llorente, while Bakaye Traore’s angled drive was comfortably smothered.

On 15 minutes Christian Abbiati needed a fingertip save to deny Simone Padoin’s strike from the D.

Milan kept a lot of possession, but struggled to turn it into scoring opportunities, as Kevin-Prince Boateng blasted over from distance.

Llorente should’ve scored, but incredibly ballooned over the bar as he came sliding in at the back post behind Daniele Bonera, but couldn’t keep it down on Mauricio Isla’s assist.

Stephan Lichtsteiner mis-timed his tackle from behind on Boateng, tripping the Ghanaian international for a penalty. Robinho stepped up in the absence of Mario Balotelli, but the spot-kick was well saved by Marco Storari.

There was a nasty clash of heads between Llorente and Luca Antonini with the Milan player coming off worse, needing to be stretchered off. The Spaniard was also unable to continue due to a bloody nose.

As it was still goalless after 45 minutes, the first mini-match was decided on penalties with one point to the losing team and two for the winners.

Despite seeing a spot-kick saved during the game, Robinho stepped up first for the shoot-out and scored under the bar. Arturo Vidal and de Jong converted, but Abbiati beat away Lichtsteiner’s effort.

Philippe Mexes scored, as did Tevez with a cheeky low finish that left Abbiati rooted to the spot, M’Baye Niang and Kwadwo Asamoah. Antonio Nocerino would finish it off by scoring, but attempted a Panenka and chipped it over the bar. Mirko Vucinic converted and it went to sudden death.

Daniele Bonera and Federico Peluso netted, as did Traore and Paolo De Ceglie. Zaccardo’s penalty squirmed under Storari’s ribs and Padoin was not so fortunate, as Abbiati was able to beat his effort away. Juventus face Sassuolo next.

Juventus 0-0 Milan (6-7 on pens)

Saved penalty: Robinho 29 (M)

Penalty shoot-out: Robinho (goal M), Vidal (goal J), de Jong (goal M), Lichtsteiner (saved J), Mexes (goal M), Tevez (goal J), Niang (goal M), Asamoah (goal J), Nocerino (missed M), Vucinic (goal J), Bonera (goal M), Peluso (goal J), Traore (goal M), De Ceglie (goal J), Zaccardo (goal M), Padoin (saved J)

Juventus: Storari; Peluso, Ogbonna, Lichtsteiner; Isla, Padoin, Vidal, Asamoah, De Ceglie; Llorente (Vucinic 35), Tevez

AC Milan: Abbiati; Antonini (Zaccardo 34), Bonera, Mexes, Constant; Traoré, de Jong, Nocerino; Boateng; Robinho, Niang
Ref: Gervasoni

AC Milan handed Honda setback
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There are reports CSKA Moscow are refusing to sell Keisuke Honda to Milan because his replacement is injured.

A crunch meeting was held this evening between Milan representatives, Honda’s brother and the Russian club in Moscow.

However, Sky Sport Italia claim the encounter was a desperate disappointment for the Rossoneri in their bid to take the player straight away.

CSKA Moscow pointed out Georgi Milanov picked up an injury and therefore they cannot spare Honda for the next six months.

The move is only postponed until January 2014, as the Japanese international will be a free agent on December 31 when his contract expires.

AC Milan fourth highest earner in 2012-13 Champions League
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Juventus and Milan were the top and fourth highest earners from the Champions League, revealed UEFA.

Clubs in the 2012-13 tournament received a grand total of €904.6m in participation, TV pool and performance-related revenue.

Despite going out in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Bayern Munich, Juventus picked up more money than any other team in the tournament.

Juve earned a total €65.3m from their participation in the Champions League, whereas Bayern earned just €55.046m.

Beaten Finalists Borussia Dortmund earned €54.161m, but Milan – who went out in the second round – were next in line with €51.4m.

They were followed by Real Madrid on €48.4m, Barcelona on €45.5m and Paris Saint-Germain with €44.7m.

As there were only two Serie A sides participating that season, the TV rights for Italy were split between Juve and Milan, giving them considerably larger sums than expected.

AC Milan reject Samp's Niang move
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M’Baye Niang’s proposed move from Milan to Sampdoria will not happen, Il Secolo XIX have claimed this afternoon.

The young French forward has been rumoured to be on the verge of joining the Bluerchiati this summer so as to get first team experience next season.

But the Genoa-based newspaper has insisted that the deal will not go through because the Rossoneri see the 18-year-old as a part of the squad for next term.

Niang played 20 times for Massimiliano Allegri’s men last term in the League, but failed to score a single goal.

Ilicic set for Fiorentina medical
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Palermo playmaker Josip Ilicic is travelling to Florence to have a medical at Fiorentina, Press reports have claimed.

The Slovenian has been heavily linked with a move away from the Sicilian club this summer. The Viola, Milan and Liverpool have all registered an interest, but it seems that Vincenzo Montella’s side have won the race.

The Gazzetta dello Sport believe that the 25-year-old is on his way to Tuscany to have a medical with the Artemio Franchi team before completing a move.

'Honda to AC Milan? It's not true'
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CSKA Moscow director Roman Babaev has insisted that Keisuke Honda will not be joining Milan.

The Japan international has been constantly linked with a move to the Rossoneri during this transfer window, with reports on Monday claiming that the midfielder will sign for the San Siro side in a deal worth €4m.

The Russian team’s board member though, has rubbished those rumours.

“Honda to Milan? No, it’s not true,” he briefly told

Honda agent working on AC Milan move
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The agent of Keisuke Honda will hold more talks with CSKA Moscow today in an effort to sort out an immediate switch to Milan.

The Japanese international already has a deal to join the Diavolo in January on a Bosman free transfer, but the midfielder and the Rossoneri are hoping to wrap up a move in this window.

“We’ll meet with CSKA again today for more talks,” Hiroyuki Honda, the player’s brother and representative, told TMW.

“What I can say is that Milan have made a good offer, a very good offer to CSKA.

“I don’t know if we can wrap everything up today. We’ll look to convince CSKA, because, for us, the deal is ready.

“Joining Milan is not about money, but prestige. Milan, Real Madrid and others are clubs with great value. It would be a big step forward in the career of Keisuke.

“We are waiting for CSKA to give Milan’s offer the OK, then we will be in Italy to finalise everything.”

Honda will reportedly sign a four or five year contract at San Siro, worth €2.5m a season.

Di Natale: I turned down AC Milan
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Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale has confirmed that Milan offered him a chance to move to San Siro this summer.

The veteran was linked with the Diavolo last month and he’s admitted there was truth in those rumours.

“I thank Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri and Vice-President Adriano Galliani for the offer,” he told the Messaggero Veneto.

“To be honest, they were not the only club to make my agent a proposal, but I’ve always said that I want to end my career at Udinese.”

Instead of putting pen to paper with Milan, the 35-year-old opted to extend his contract at the Stadio Friuli until 2015.

“Now everybody is happy,” he added. “The club, the fans and myself.”

Di Natale also confirmed that he has ambitions of playing at the World Cup next summer despite not being selected for the Azzurri since the Final of Euro 2012.

“To be able to play at the Maracana, just once in my life, would be the icing on the cake for my career which has nevertheless been fantastic,” he added.

“However, in order to convince Cesare Prandelli then I have to think about training well and having a great season for Udinese.”

The former Empoli forward has scored 11 goals in 42 games for his country.

AC Milan name TIM Cup squad
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AC Milan have named their 23-man squad for the TIM Cup fixtures against Juventus and Sassuolo on Tuesday.

Massimiliano Allegri has called upon a mixture of youth and experience for the friendly competition, with the Rossoneri’s Confederations Cup participants unavailable.

Milan squad: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel; Antonini, Bonera, Constant, Mexes, Zaccardo, Zapata; Kevin-Prince Boateng, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Nocerino, Poli, Piccinocchi, Strasser, Traoré; Niang, Oduamadi, Petagna, Kingsley Boateng, Robinho.

Bronzetti: 'Honda refused Barcelona for AC Milan'
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AC Milan chief executive Ernesto Bronzetti has confirmed reports that Keisuke Honda wants to join the club.

The Japan international was rumoured earlier this afternoon to be on the verge of a move to the Rossoneri.

And the board member has claimed that the 27-year-old has even rejected a transfer to Barcelona.

“The gap between our offer and their asking price is low,” he told Sky Sport Italia,

“Tonight after their League game he will speak with the President and tell them that he wants to leave.

“They would like to keep him for the Champions, but the guy just wants to join Milan.

“He even turned down a move to Barcelona.”

Honda close to AC Milan move
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CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda looks set to be on the verge of a move to Milan.

Several media outlets in Italy have claimed that the Rossoneri are close to agreeing a €4m deal with the Russian club.

The Japan international’s contract is set to run on in January 2014, and although personal terms had reportedly been agreed with the San Siro side, it was unclear as to whether he would join this summer or for free in the winter.

However, a number of outlets have insisted this evening that the 27-year-old is nudging ever closer to joining during this transfer window.

Gattuso not ready yet for AC Milan
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New Palermo boss Gennaro Gattuso says starting his coaching career at Milan this summer was not really an option.

The 35-year-old was being linked with the hotseat at Milanello before the club confirmed Massimiliano Allegri and Gattuso was handed his first full-time coaching job following the Rosanero’s relegation to Serie B.

“When there was talk of me going to Milan, I was aware that I would not have been ready to deal with an experience that was bigger than me,” he told La Repubblica.

“You can only get to certain places if you go through the steps required to help you mature and handle the big players.

“I would be a hypocrite if I said that coaching Milan was not my objective, but I have a lot of work to do before being handed that bench.

“I’m not thinking about Milan right now. The road ahead is long and there are some missing pieces before such a puzzle is completed.”

The World Cup winner spent 13 years with Milan as a midfielder before his 2012 switch to Sion in Switzerland.

Gattuso was a hungry ball winner in the middle of the pitch and he wants his team to work just as hard as he did.

“I want a style of play where my players have to pedal,” he explained. “We must not only think about defending, but creating chances and putting our opponents under pressure.

“For now we will be playing with a 4-2-3-1 system, but don’t expect us to always play in that shape.”

Allegri respects improved rivals
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AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri expects Serie A to be much more competitive than it was last season.

The Rossoneri just sneaked into the top three last time around after an impressive second half of the campaign where they were only beaten by champions Juventus.

But Allegri, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Trofeo TIM against Juve and Sassuolo, is wary of the competition in 2013-14.

“Juve will be the favourites,” he stated. “They’ve brought in some important players from Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente to Angelo Ogbonna.

“Milan know it will be harder than last season. Apart from Juve, there are six other sides who will be fighting for a place in the Champions League…”

The Diavolo have been relatively quiet in the transfer window so far, but that hasn’t affected the optimism of their Coach.

“Riccardo Saponara and Andrea Poli have arrived. Jherson Vergara was born in 1994 and he’ll be here from July 25. They are three youngsters who are in line with the project here.

“We have 25 in the squad and if someone leaves then they will be adequately replaced. We don’t want a squad of 30. New faces will only be brought in if players leave first.”

Japanese international Keisuke Honda is a target who will either arrive this summer or on a free in January.

“Honda is a good player, someone who can be used as a trequartista but also in wide positions, but he is still a CSKA Moscow player and I don’t like to talk about individuals at other clubs.”

Allegri was confirmed on the Milan bench after crunch talks with owner Silvio Berlusconi who has asked for certain tactical assurances.

“The system will depend on the individual game, but we are at a more advanced stage than we were at this same point last season.

“We’ll play with three up front, it doesn’t really matter whether that will be 1+2 or 2+1.”

Allegri is also counting on Italian international Stephan El Shaarawy to rediscover his touch in front of goal.

“He had an important first half of the season, extraordinary actually. There is no tactical problem with El Shaarawy, his dip in form was normal. The boy has always been a reference point for me.”

The young forward scored 16 goals in 37 League games for the Diavolo last season.

AC Milan shirt numbers for 2013-2014
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Italian giants Milan have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2013-14 campaign.

Of the new boys, Jherson Vergara has been handed the 33, Andrea Poli has been given the No 16, while the 8 has gone to Riccardo Saponara.

Bryan Cristante, the midfielder promoted from the youth team set-up, has been assigned the No 24 jersey.

Goalkeepers: Abbiati 32, Amelia 1, Gabriel 59.

Defenders: Abate 20, Antonini 77, Bonera 25, Constant 21, Didac Vilà 35, De Sciglio 2, Mexes 5, Vergara 33, Zaccardo 81, Zapata 17.

Midfielders: Boateng 10, Cristante 24, De Jong 34, Emanuelson 28, Montolivo 18, Muntari 4, Nocerino 23, Poli 16, Saponara 8, Strasser 14, Traorè 12.

Forwards: Balotelli 45, Beretta 36, El Shaarawy 92, Niang 78, Oduamadi 90, Pazzini 11, Petagna 37, Robinho 7.

Honda 'working on' AC Milan move
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Keisuke Honda is “proud” to be joining Milan, though he is “working on” leaving CSKA Moscow immediately.

The Japanese international will be a free agent when he contract expires in December 2013 and already has a deal for the Rossoneri in January.

“I am proud of Milan, but for the negotiations and the possibility of arriving at San Siro straight away you’d have to ask my brother. He is working on it,” said Honda.

It is widely believed that Milan’s delegation, including Honda’s brother, will meet with CSKA Moscow on Monday afternoon.

Ljajic renewal not a priority
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Fiorentina President Mario Cognini reveals there’s already a deal for Vincenzo Montella’s extension, but Adem Ljajic “is not a priority.”

The Viola are emerging as real contenders for this season after bringing in Mario Gomez, Joaquin, Marcos Alonso, Massimo Ambrosini and Oleksander Iakovenko.

“We have added many cherries to the cake since January, from Giuseppe Rossi to Gomez,” said President Cognini at pre-season training.

“Marco Verratti was an idea that came up last year and continues because our directors know his agent, but I don’t think it is a move that can be done.

“The squad can today be considered complete, but that doesn’t mean something else won’t happen. Over the next few days we’ll have another meeting to find a solution with Palermo for Josip Ilicic.

“As for a new goalkeeper, our management staff is very impressed with Neto, so he will be our first choice.”

Stevan Jovetic was sold to Manchester City for €30m this week, while Ljajic has been linked with Milan as his contract expires in June 2014.

“There are currently no negotiations with Ljajic, as he still has a year left on his contract and right now he is not a priority. When the time comes, we’ll sit round a table and find a solution. I’d call Jovetic’s sale a wound.”

Coach Montella took Fiorentina to fourth place in his first season and saw them play some of the best football in Serie A.

“We already reached an agreement with Montella at the end of last season. He will remain with us for many years and over the next few days it will be formally announced.”

AC Milan snap up Julio Cesar?
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Napoli have given up on Julio Cesar, but it’s reported Milan could sign the QPR goalkeeper instead.

The shot-stopper does not intend to remain at the London club following their relegation from the Premier League.

His agent revealed on Saturday that his negotiations with Napoli faltered due to personal terms, as he wouldn’t accept a pay cut.

According to Calciomercatonews, Milan now intend to swoop for the Brazilian international goalkeeper instead.

They would be prepared to pay the €2.7m per season wages the 33-year-old currently earns at QPR.

It’d be a return to San Siro for Julio Cesar, who represented Milan’s city rivals Inter from 2005 to 2012.

While Napoli have apparently pulled out of the race in order to take Pepe Reina on loan from Liverpool, Arsenal are still tracking Julio Cesar.

Morgan De Sanctis is on the verge of joining Roma for €0.5m.

On Saturday, Udinese beat QPR 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.

Galliani: 'No Honda unless...'
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AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani asks for help from sponsors over Keisuke Honda and tells Robinho he "is a new signing.”

The Vice-President spoke to Sky Sport Italia on the beach at Forte dei Marmi, where he is continuing to do business for the club.

It has been widely reported that the Rossoneri sent a delegation for talks with CSKA Moscow in order to bring Honda over immediately rather than wait until he becomes a free agent in January.

“Unless there is an external intervention, such as from one of his sponsors, Honda will only arrive in January,” declared Galliani.

“The player’s entourage, including his brother, are in Moscow to discuss the move to Milan, but only because he is out of contract on December 31. CSKA are a rich club who asked for a lot of money to release him early, so it seems difficult for us to meet their demands unless a sponsor contributes.”

The Rossoneri transfer guru also stated there will be no new strikers this season. Robinho has signed a contract extension with Milan after his move to Santos faltered.

“Robinho agreed to cut his wages and extended the contract. I told him ‘you didn’t do much last season, so you are basically a new signing and have to prove what you can do.’

“It’s not that Robinho wanted to leave Milan, he just wanted a return to his ‘home’ Santos, but as it wasn’t possible we all decided to begin again.

“I think we have a squad that is very competitive and covered in all positions. If someone were to leave, then we would bring in a replacement, but we believe this team is able to finish on the Serie A podium.”

Galliani also suggested reports of Napoli’s interest in Zlatan Ibrahimovic are “impossible,” while does not regret losing Carlos Tevez to Juventus. “If we’d had Tevez, then we would not now have Mario Balotelli.”

Robinho nets in AC Milan friendly
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Robinho was among those on target when Milan beat Pergolettese 5-1 in today’s pre-season friendly.

The Rossoneri took on the Serie D side, who are coached by former Juventus midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi.

Bakaye Traore broke the deadlock from an M’Baye Niang assist, then Urby Emanuelson made the most of a goalkeeping howler.

Robinho’s splendid right-foot curler made it 3-0 to finish off the first half.

Kevin-Prince Boateng got the fourth before Andrea Petagna saw his penalty parried, but put in the rebound.

Zanola scored for Pergolettese in stoppages for the 5-1 final score.

AC Milan starting XI: Gabriel; Zaccardo, Bonera, Zapata, Antonini; Traore, De Jong, Nocerino; Emanuelson; Niang, Robinho

Casiraghi Jr signs for AC Milan
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AC Milan have officially signed Pierluigi Casiraghi’s teenage son Andrea to his first professional contract.

Andrea Casiraghi had already been in the Rossoneri youth academy and played for Italy at Under-15 level.

The 16-year-old and his mother today signed his first professional contract, while father Pierluigi was also present.

The Milan youth academy includes several children of previous Italy stars, including Paolo Maldini’s son Christian and Maurizio Ganz’s boy Simone Andrea.

Galliani: 'Strootman good for Roma'
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Adriano Galliani believes Roma “made a great deal” signing Kevin Strootman, but Milan won’t buy any strikers this summer.

On Friday the Giallorossi completed Strootman’s transfer from PSV Eindhoven for €16.5m.

“We had tracked Strootman, but did not have €20m,” Milan Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“Roma made a great deal, as this is a player of the very highest level.”

He was also asked whether the Rossoneri would be investing on new strikers despite the failure of Robinho’s attempted move to Santos.

“We are not looking for any forwards, because we already have someone like Giampaolo Pazzini in the squad.”

CSKA: 'Awaiting AC Milan offer for Honda'
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CSKA Moscow director general Roman Babaev insists “we respect Keisuke Honda’s desire to join Milan, but we haven’t received any offers.”

There were reports the Rossoneri sent a delegation to Moscow last night in order to negotiate for the Japanese international.

Although his contract expires in December and he has an agreement to join Milan as a free agent in January, they are eager to bring forward the transfer.

“We respect Honda’s desire to join Milan, especially as it is his dream,” CSKA Moscow director general Babaev told ITAR-TASS news agency.

“However, we haven’t received any offers from the Italian club. If the proposal does arrive and we consider it adequate, then we will release Honda.”

Kobe Bryant trains with AC Milan
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AC Milan received a visit from LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant today. “I have a Milan scarf and shirt in my locker.”

The basketball legend was at the Milanello training ground this morning in order to undergo treatment on a recent Achilles tendon injury.

He revealed he is a huge Rossoneri fan and took this opportunity to train with the team, who presented him with his own Number 24 jersey.

“I have always been a Milan fan,” Bryant told Milan Channel.

“Back in LA I have a Milan scarf and shirt hanging up in my locker room.”

AC Milan on Honda mission
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It’s rumoured Milan have sent a delegation to Moscow for negotiations with CSKA over Keisuke Honda.

The Japanese international is out of contract at the end of December and has already pledged to join the Rossoneri in January as a free agent.

However, Milan are eager to snap him up as soon as possible and are eager to convince CSKA Moscow.

According to Sky Sport Italia, a delegation arrived in Moscow last night including FIFA agents Ernesto Bronzetti and Federico De Vecchi, plus Honda’s brother.

Saponara: AC Milan for top three
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AC Milan youngster Riccardo Saponara believes that the Rossoneri can fight for a Champions League place next term.

The San Siro side finished the 2012/13 campaign in third place, and the 21-year-old has insisted that despite other teams strengthening this summer his side can claim a top three place, whilst also commenting on his first few months at the club.

“I believe we can aspire to a top three finish,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “We have all things in place to do well.

“I would say that my Milan adventure has started well.

“Everyone here has made me feel welcome.

“The staff are great and the squad made me feel at ease straight away.”

Galliani: Robinho to extend
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Adriano Galliani has categorically denied any suggestion that Robinho could leave Milan this summer.

The Brazilian playmaker has been linked with a move back to his homeland next season, with Santos said to be keen on his signature.

But the Rossoneri vice-President has insisted that the attacker will stay at San Siro after having a meeting with the player's representatives this afternoon.

“We are talking with Robinho about a contract renewal,” he told reporters. “I can categorically exclude any suggestion that the player will leave.

“The Brazilian transfer market closes on Saturday so there are no possibilities for a move.

“Robinho is happy to stay at Milan.”

Robinho agent in AC Milan talks
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Robinho’s entourage are currently in discussions with Milan regarding his future at the club, reports suggest.

The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Rossoneri this summer, with Santos said to be keen on his signature.

However, the Peixe have pulled out of any possible negotiations because of the San Siro side’s asking price.

But Sky Sport Italia have claimed that the attacker’s agent as well as his father are in discussions with vice-President Adriano Galliani over his future.

The Brazilian summer transfer window is set to close in 48 hours, so a move back to his homeland looks unlikely.

But a transfer to another European club could still be on the cards.

Rafael puts Balotelli on spot
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New Napoli goalkeeper Rafael fancies his chances of denying Milan’s Mario Balotelli from the penalty spot.

The Italian has been faultless from the spot in his professional career, but the Brazilian is a penalty saving expert.

“I’ve stopped a number of penalties,” he noted at his official unveiling on Thursday after his move from Santos.

“I have got a specific technique, I move a lot along the line to close the goal's view to the shooter. I often get it right.

“I’ll try to stop a Balotelli penalty. He waits for the ‘keeper to move and I wait before diving…”

Rafael had a number of offers on the table, but opted for the Stadio San Paolo even if he may not be guaranteed first team football.

“Napoli are a great and, in Brazil, they are known as one of the world's best clubs. Benitez wanted me here too and he is an important Coach.

“Benitez knows my qualities. He saw me many times with Santos and he picked me because of my characteristics.

“He told me to be patient and to continue to interpret my role as I have been doing. Then he will decide who is going to play, I just have to work hard.”

The 23-year-old added: “I have arrived at a club that is going to fight for both the Serie A title and the Champions League.

“It was the right moment for me to measure myself in such a prestigious championship, I am young and I want to grow a lot with this team.”

Paletta costs EUR 35 mil.
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Parma CEO Pietro Leonardi has responded to rumours that Milan are interested in signing defender Gabriel Paletta.

The 27-year-old has been virtually ever-present in the Crociati starting XI since his arrival from Boca Juniors in 2010.

But with reports that the Rossoneri are keen on bringing the Argentine to San Siro, the board member has hit back.

“Whoever wants to sign Paletta has to pay €35m,” he told reporters. “There are no negotiations about that.”

Leonardi then commented on Jonathan Biabiany's potential departure from the club.

“Parma are not in the habit of selling its best players. And Biabiany is one of Parma's best players.”

Constant: AC Milan can win Serie A
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AC Milan defender Kevin Constant believes that the Rossoneri can challenge Juventus for the Scudetto this season.

The San Siro side finished the 2012/13 campaign in third place, but the 26-year-old is confident that his team can win the title next term.

“I am not thinking about other teams,” he told a Press conference. “We do not fear anyone.

“We are preparing well, increasing our workload ready for the season.

“I believe we can win the League. We have a good team.”

Atalanta reveal Yepes deal
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Atalanta director general Pierpaolo Marino has confirmed the capture of free agent Mario Yepes.

The Colombian is available on a Bosman after his contract with Italian giants Milan expired in the month of June.

“We’re happy and he will arrive with great enthusiasm,” the official noted. “He’s really motivated to do well, especially with the World Cup next summer.

“He wants to have a great season.”

The centre-back, now 37, has been in Italy since his 2008 transfer from French outfit Paris Saint-Germain to Chievo.

The stopper spent two seasons in Verona before his 2010 switch to San Siro.

Torino eye Gillet replacement
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Torino are taking a look at Stefano Sorrentino, Emiliano Viviano and Marco Amelia given the 43-month ban handed to Jean-Francois Gillet.

The goalkeeper was suspended yesterday in the latest wave of punishments handed out for alleged match-fixing.

The Granata are now in need of a new custodian and they are being linked with a variety of shot-stoppers.

Palermo have two ‘keepers of interest, in Sorrentino and Viviano, following their relegation to Serie B.

The first is a former Toro player, while the second is available for transfer after Fiorentina opted against signing him outright after a loan stint in Tuscany last season.

Meanwhile, Amelia is an option given that he is still expected to be the second choice at Milan behind Christian Abbiati.

Honda agent set for CSKA talks
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Keisuke Honda’s agent will meet with CSKA Moscow officials on Friday in an effort to secure a move to Milan.

The Diavolo have admitted that they are interested in the Japanese international and the player has accepted a switch in principle.

However, there is still no agreement between the two clubs given that the San Siro giants don’t want to overpay for a player whose contract expires in December.

The midfielder, who joined the Russian side in 2010, would be able to sign for any club in January on a free transfer.

Milan are ready to offer €2m, a fee that CSKA consider as too low.

It is also understood that the 27-year-old’s sponsors may be willing to help fund a summer switch to Italy given the greater exposure in Serie A.

Honda was close to a move to Lazio in the past, but no transfer fee could be agreed between the capital club and the Russians.

Poli: A dream to play for AC Milan
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New Milan midfielder Andrea Poli has admitted it is 'a dream' to play for the Rossoneri.

The 23-year-old joined Massimiliano Allegri's men earlier this month from Sampdoria, and the Italy international has insisted that he can't wait to get to work.

“Being here is a dream,” he told Milan Channel. “I am delighted to play for this club.

“Here you can really feel the history and importance of the club – there is a desire to do well and succeed.

“Playing here gives me great satisfaction. I just want to do well.

“Hopefully as a team we can fight on all fronts, but on a personal level I hope to go to the World Cup next summer and win it.”

Yepes set to make decision
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Mario Yepes has six offers on the table after his contract with Milan came to an end, his agent has confirmed.

The 37-year-old defender is being strongly linked with Atalanta, but Giuliano Terraneo has told TMW that they are not his only admirers.

“There are two other Italian clubs, as well as Atalanta, who would like him,” the representative commented. “There are also a couple of Colombian outfits and a French side as well.

“I’ll see him this week and I think it should all be resolved by Wednesday. I’ve given him a number of options, it is now up to him to make a decision.”

Zapata: AC Milan strong enough
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Cristian Zapata is convinced Milan will challenge Juventus for the Serie A title in the 2013-14 campaign.

The Rossoneri finished third last season, a massive 15 points behind the Old Lady after the Diavolo’s sluggish start to the campaign.

“We have to immediately begin well,” the Colombian centre-back told Sky Sport Italia. “The aim is to improve next season and we are all working hard for that.

“More reinforcements? This team is already very strong as it is, we will be fighting for the Scudetto,” he assured.

The Diavolo, who have taken up their option to sign Zapata outright from Villarreal, have also done deals for Riccardo Saponara, Jherson Vergara and Andrea Poli.

Bronzetti expects AC Milan summer coup
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FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti expects Milan to complete a major signing before the transfer window closes.

The Rossoneri have suggested that Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli will be their last signing of the summer, but Bronzetti isn’t so sure.

“Milan will do something important,” the representative told the Corriere dello Sport in an interview on Monday.

“Vice-President Adriano Galliani always delivers a surprise,” Bronzetti continued. “I am expecting something.

“He may not have the funds that he had in the past, but he has a lot of imagination.”

AC Milan delay Ljajic and Honda
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AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani has warned fans to not expect the imminent arrivals of Adem Ljajic and Keisuke Honda.

The two players have been linked with the Rossoneri this summer, but the Vice-President is remaining cautious.

“Honda and Ljajic are different cases,” the official told Sky Sport Italia.

“Ljajic is not possible because Robinho hasn’t left, while there is a good chance that Honda can arrive in January and so we’ll wait for him then.”

The Japanese midfielder could be signed on a free transfer at the start of next year seeing as his CSKA Moscow contract expires at the end of December.

Serbia international forward Ljajic, meanwhile, has 12 months left on his agreement with Fiorentina.

Robinho was being heavily linked with a return to former club Santos, but that move has now fallen through.

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Yepes to join Atalanta
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Atalanta President Antonio Percassi has claimed that the club will sign former Milan defender Mario Yepes.

The Colombia international was a free agent this summer after his contract at San Siro came to an end.

And La Dea’s chief has revealed that the Bergamo team have signed up the 37-year-old.

“Yepes will join us,” he briefly told reporters. “But we’re also looking at signing another player as well.”

Sneijder key to Boateng move
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Reports in the Italian Press this afternoon claim that Wesley Sneijder could be a key man in persuading Kevin-Prince Boateng to join Galatasaray.

Stories emerged earlier today that the Turkish side were keen to bring the Milan playmaker to Istanbul this summer.

And ItaSportPress believe that the Super Lig club could use the Netherlands international’s personal relationship with Boateng to talk him into a move.

Sneijder and the Rossoneri man became good friends whilst the two were playing in Lombardy and Fatih Terim’s men hope to use that in any potential move.

Nocerino might leave, says agent
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Antonio Nocerino’s agent has admitted that the midfielder could leave Milan this summer.

The Italy international struggled to force his way into the Rossoneri starting XI last season.

And his representative has admitted that the 28-year-old will leave if he doesn’t get regular football.

"Nocerino is happy when he's playing, and unhappy when he isn't,” Marco Sommella told Sport Mediaset.

"If Nocerino doesn't get playing time then it's better to leave the club.

"Inter would be the easiest deal to conclude out of the possible alternatives for Nocerino.

"There isn't anything going on between Nocerino and Inter, but anything can happen from now and until September 3."

Galatasaray interested in Boateng
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Kevin-Prince Boateng will be the subject of a bid from Turkish club Galatasaray, reports in the Italian Press suggest.

Corriere dello Sport have claimed that the Super Lig side will make a move for the Milan playmaker, but the Rossoneri are unlikely to accept any bids under €15m.

The former Ghana international’s future at San Siro is unclear, with Massimiliano Allegri’s men linked with the likes of Josip Ilicic and Adem Ljajic – all direct competitors for the trequarista role.

Nesta: Serie A falling behind
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Alessandro Nesta believes that Serie A has fallen behind the Premier League, the Bundesliga and La Liga.

The former Milan defender has claimed that the Italian top-flight cannot compete financially with other European Leagues.

But the veteran centre-back has admitted that Juventus’ signing of Carlos Tevez is a step in the right direction.

"There's no money in Italy at the moment and the best players go to play in other leagues - Spain, England, Germany. Italy's going down," he told the BBC.

"It's a very good signing. A player like Tevez, I didn't think would play in Serie A now. Juventus did a good job," he said.

Nesta then went on to comment on Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment at Real Madrid.

"He is the best Coach for Madrid. Madrid is a difficult place to coach. There's a lot of pressure and Ancelotti is very good when he's under pressure.

"At Milan, Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani, all the time, wanted the best for the team.

“The pressure was very, very hard but Carlo Ancelotti had a smile on his face everyday. He was perfect."

Galliani and Lotito meet in Sicily
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AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani and Lazio chief Claudio Lotito have been spotted dining together in Sicily.

Sky Sport Italia confirmed this afternoon that the pair had been seen eating together in Castiglione di Sicilia.

There are no reports yet if they are on the island to discuss business, or purely for pleasure.

The Rossoneri have though, recently been linked with a move for Biancocelesti playmaker Antonio Candreva.

Manchester United to make Candreva bid
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Manchester United could make a move for Lazio playmaker Antonio Candreva, media outlets in England have claimed this morning.

David Moyes was said to be impressed by the 26-year-old during Italy’s Confederations Cup run earlier this summer.

And the Daily Express believe that the Premier League could make a bid of around €12m for the attacker.

The deal is somewhat complicated however, due to Candreva’s ownership issues.

Both Lazio and Udinese own 50 per cent of the player, and will both have to agree to any bids from the Old Trafford club.

Milan are also said to be interested.

Ljajic close to contract renewal
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Reports in the Florentine Press have suggested this morning that Adem Ljajijc is on the verge of signing an extension with Fiorentina.

The attacker had seemingly been close to joining Milan as a replacement for the wantaway Robinho.

The Brazilian’s proposed move to Santos however, has been put on the back-burner due to the 29-year-old ‘excessive demands’.

As such, the Serbian’s transfer to San Siro is off and will instead put pen-to-paper with the Viola.

Corriere Fiorentino believe that the 21-year-old will sign a new deal, with the introduction of a minimum fee release clause of €15m.

Robinho: I'd have taken pay-cut
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Robinho has hit back at claims that his demands were 'too excessive' to join Santos this summer.

The Milan attacker has been heavily linked with a return to his boyhood club, but on Friday the Peixe released a statement saying the 29-year-old asked for too much money.

The Brazil international though, has insisted that was not the case.

“It is true that, as reported by Santos, that my asking price was high and Milan were not willing to reduce it,” a statement on his official website read.

“For my part, I would have given up 35 per cent of my salary to return to Santos.

“Unfortunately, with the currently leadership, it is impossible for any new negotiations to open up.”

Antonini in Monaco link
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Luca Antonini is being targeted by French side Monaco, reports in the Italian Press have suggested.

The Milan full-back is deemed surplus to requirements at San Siro, and several media outlets on the peninsula have claimed that Claudio Ranieri’s men could look to bring him to the south of France.

The 30-year-old played just six League games last term due to injuries, lack of form and the arrival of youngster Mattia De Sciglio.

He could be available for around €4m.

Niang: 'AC Milan better than Juventus'
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M’Baye Niang is certainly not short on confidence. “I want to become stronger than Mario Balotelli, while Milan are better than Juventus.”

The striker arrived last summer from Caen, but scored only one goal in 24 games for the Rossoneri last season.

“I want to stay at Milan for as long as possible,” declared the 18-year-old French-Senegalese forward in his Press conference.

“I am working for a new season and I will 100 per cent stay here. I want to do better than last term, improving in my finishing too.

“I work because I want to become stronger than Balotelli. He gives me a lot of advice, as do Kevin-Prince Boateng and Philippe Mexes. I can play as a centre-forward or support striker, as long as I get to play.”

The San Siro giants finished third last season, but Niang is setting his sights firmly on the Scudetto.

“Milan are better than Juventus and can fight for the title. Massimiliano Allegri tells me I am young and need to keep working to improve. We have a great rapport.”

Arsenal target Abate
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There are growing reports that Arsenal are preparing a £10.3m bid for Milan full-back Ignazio Abate.

The 26-year-old had already been the subject of an offer from Zenit St Petersburg in January, but the Rossoneri turned it down.

According to Arsene Wenger has set his sights firmly on Abate, who had to interrupt his Confederations Cup campaign due to a dislocated shoulder.

Abate’s position is in doubt because his contract expires in June 2014 and no renewal has been worked out yet.

The Gunners hope to convince Milan into a sale by offering €12m – around £10.3m – for the versatile figure who can play full-back or wing-back.

Santos: 'Robinho demands excessive'
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Santos invite Robinho to make a sacrifice after revealing the Milan striker’s move only collapsed because of his wage demands.

The transfer was abandoned on Wednesday evening, though many believe talks could be revived before the July 20 Brazilian deadline or even in January.

“The decision is definitive, unless something changes on the other side,” President Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro told Radio Bandeirantes.

“Milan finished up at a pretty reasonable price-tag, less than €6m. Everyone knows what he wants to earn and we have to respect that.

“However, what Robinho wants to earn coupled with what the club would’ve paid Milan creates a figure that is implausible for any Brazilian club.”

Robinho told the Brazilian media that he had agreed to a 35 per cent pay cut from his current Milan salary in order to push through the move, but that was still not enough.

Santos argued the cut did not include extras, such as commissions for his father and lawyer, plus the hiring of his favoured personal trainer.

Nonetheless, these statements from the Santos President are an open invitation for the player to lower his expectations.

Milan had originally requested €10m for Robinho, so the drop to under €6m is well below the rumoured €7m agreed fee.

The Rossoneri are still eager to sell, as he is on the final year of his contract and they cannot bring in Adem Ljajic from Fiorentina until Robinho leaves.

Ljajic to renew with Fiorentina?
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Adem Ljajic has become Milan’s prime transfer target this summer, but reports today suggest he could be persuaded to renew with Fiorentina.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to San Siro in recent weeks, with many claiming that the Serbia international could be Robinho’s replacement at the Rossoneri.

La Nazione believe though, that Viola President Mario Cognigni can talk the attacker into signing a contract extension at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Ljajic’s current deal expires in 2014, but the Viola chief is confident that he can get the youngster to put pen-to-paper.

Ambrosini doing well, says agent
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Massimo Ambrosini's agent has revealed that the veteran midfielder has adapted well to life at Fiorentina.

The 36-year-old left the Rossoneri after 17 years’ service this summer to join the Viola on a free transfer.

And the former Italy international's representative has claimed that he is doing well in Tuscany.

“Massimo has started very well,” Moreno Roggi told Sky Sport Italia. “This is a new experience for him.

“He is really enthusiastic about it all.

“I have not spoken to Galliani personally, but I think he's spoken to Massimo to see how he's doing.”

Zabaleta admits to Serie A interest
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Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta has admitted that he would like to play in Serie A.

The Argentine defender was virtually ever-present for the Premier League side last season, playing 43 games under Roberto Mancini.

The 28-year-old has though, conceded that Italy is somewhere that he could see himself playing, whilst also claiming that Fiorentina are 'interesting'.

“Serie A is a major championship,” he told Sportitalia. “It's certainly a League I'd like to play in.

“A team? I consider Fiorentina to be an interesting team. I have always liked them since the days of Batistuta.

“Juventus, Milan and Inter are big clubs though.”

Ambrosini on AC Milan and his new challenge
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Massimo Ambrosini is looking forward to his Viola challenge, wants to spur enthusiasm at his new club but is unhappy of the way Milan decided to handle his situation.

After almost two decades with the Milan outfit, Ambrosini moved over to Fiorentina on a free transfer after the Rossoneri decided not to renew his contract.

Some bits from his presentation press conference:

"I am excited about this new challenge, this is an excellent chance for me and I'd like to thank Fiorentina for giving me a new challenge"

"Right now I am a Fiorentina player, Milan is in the past and I'd prefer if we stick with Fiorentina."

"I was at least expecting the Milan management to feign interest in a renewal or to communicate more with me."

"I only spoke with them once at the end of the season but they didn't give me the opportunity to set things straight."

"Vincenzo Montella is an excellent manager as he's very detail oriented, which is a decisive factor in coaching."

"At Fiorentina I want to use my experience to help the team improve on last season. I want to play and learn new things from my colleagues. The club has a very good plan and I'm very enthusiastic."

According to press sources, AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani stated that Ambrosini's contract won't be renewed before actually informing the player.

Fiorentina's midield looks packed with quality considering they can field players like Joaquin, Aquilani, Pizzaro and Borja Valero amongst others.

Ambrosini, now 36, played 489 official games and scored 36 goals for the Milan outfit after joining in 1995 from Cesena and having a short loan spell in 1997-98 at Vicenza. He was capped 35 times for the Italian national football team.

AC Milan reach Honda agreement
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AC Milan have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Keisuke Honda on a free transfer in January.

The Japanese international playmaker’s brother and agent met with Rossonero Vice-President Adriano Galliani and intermediary Ernesto Bronzetti today.

Believed to be discussing a deal for the 27-year-old former Lazio target, Sky Sport 24 understand that the club have agreed to pick up the player at the expiry of his current deal.

The CSKA Moscow player is out of contract in January and Milan have today reportedly made official with his agent and brother an agreement to sign him then.

It is believed that the deal could be brought forward to this summer in the form of a transfer arranged with CSKA, but only if the Rossoneri sell players in the coming weeks.

AC Milan close to Poli conclusion
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Milan are reportedly close to confirming a deal for Andrea Poli, as the player’s agent meets with Sampdoria officials.

The Rossoneri have been in talks with Samp this week to try and finalise terms of agreement for the midfielder’s transfer to San Siro this summer.

On from reports that economic terms have been agreed for the move of Bartosz Salamon in the opposite direction, it is now understood that Milan are just a step away from announcing Poli’s capture.

This is seen as the current situation as Samp CEO Rinaldo Sagramola is meeting with Poli’s agent Giovanni Branchini in Milan this afternoon, reportedly to finalise the move.

Salamon set for Sampdoria move
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The Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that Bartosz Salamon is on the verge of a move to Sampdoria.

The 22-year-old was used as part of the deal that saw Andrea Poli go from the Bluerchiati to the Rossoneri.

And according to the Milan-based paper, youngster’s switch to Genova will be completed within the next few hours.

Salamon joined the San Siro side in January this year from Brescia, but has found first team football hard to come by under Massimiliano Allegri.

Galliani to meet with Candreva agent
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AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani will meet with Antonio Candreva’s agent to discuss a possible move.

Il Tempo have claimed that the Rossoneri are keen on the 26-year-old and will look to make a move within the next few weeks.

Negotiations may take longer than usual however, because the Italy international is currently owned by both Udinese and Lazio.

The Zebrette and the capital club both own 50 per cent of the 26-year-old, which means Massimiliano Allegri’s men will have to agree fees with the duo.

Santos abandon Robinho move
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Santos have officially abandoned their attempts to sign Robinho, citing financial difficulties, so he will remain at Milan.

“Santos FC, the player and Milan tried to get the values and conditions that would allow the transfer, but even with the effort from all sides, it was not possible to achieve the right numbers,” read a statement.

“The cost of the transfer, including payment to the Italian side and the player’s wages, is still far from the reality of Brazilian football.”

At this stage it is also likely the player will sign a contract extension, as otherwise he’ll be a free agent in June 2014.

The Brazilian club has been negotiating for his return since January, but matters came to a head this evening when they held a board meeting.

Despite Milan lowering the price-tag to €7m and Robinho accepting a cut in his wages, the financial burden of the move proved too much for Santos.

They had complained that Robinho wanted to include commissions for his father and lawyer, plus Santos hiring his personal trainer.

The striker appeared to confirm the move was off on Twitter by posting a picture of himself in the Milan locker room clutching the 2011 Italian Super Cup trophy.

"Santos decided to end the negotiations. It's over. He is staying at Milan," added Vice-President Adriano Galliani on Lancenet.

This could be considered a problem for the Rossoneri, who stated they will not sign Adem Ljajic from Fiorentina unless Robinho is sold first.

Galliani on Robinho, Ljajic and Ranocchia
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Adriano Galliani confirmed Robinho will either join Santos by July 20 or remain, denied a bid for Andrea Ranocchia and met for Adem Ljajic “this morning.”

The Milan Vice-President spoke briefly to journalists this afternoon during a sponsorship event for the club.

He was asked about Robinho and the news Brazil have extended their transfer deadline for overseas players to July 20 rather than July 15.

“The Brazilian market closes on July 15, so by that date either Robinho will go or he is staying. The negotiations are continuing without any substantial developments,” said Galliani.

If Robinho is sold for approximately €7m, then the Rossoneri intend to reinvest by signing Ljajic from Fiorentina.

Talks between the two clubs for the Serbian international have already been confirmed.

“Ljajic? I met with (Fiorentina director Daniele) Pradè this morning.”

However, Galliani said he could “categorically deny” reports of Milan’s interest in Inter defender Ranocchia.

He also brushed off claims Mario Balotelli wanted to take the Number 9 jersey, which was last worn by Pippo Inzaghi.

“We’ll keep the 9 there in a drawer, like a family heirloom.”

Robinho deal collapses again?
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Robinho’s move from Milan to Santos is on the verge of collapse again after Coach Claudine Oliveira warned “it might not be plausible.”

Reports emerged last night that the clubs had agreed a fee of €6m-€7m, but personal terms are still a real issue even after the striker agreed to cut his wages.

“What I know is that it’s a very complicated negotiation process, especially in economic terms,” Santos Coach Oliveira told newspapers.

“We must verify the situation, but it might not be plausible. If it is and we are able to complete it, then that’s grand, otherwise we’ll go somewhere else.”

Robinho’s agent also noted time was running out, as the deadline for Brazilian clubs to bring in overseas players is July 15. However, the Brazilian Federation seems set to add an extension until July 20.

“The negotiations are continuing and it is not a simple process, so we must hurry,” agent Marisa Ramos told Opovo.

“If there is an agreement, the Santos representative and I would have to go to Italy to resolve the contract and sign a new deal, so it could take a while.

“Robinho is concentrated on pre-season while he awaits a response.”

Brazilian site Lancenet also claims Robinho is asking for £700,000 per season after taxes – around £1.4m gross.

There would also be a commission to his father Gilvan de Souza and agent Marisa Ramos, plus the club must hire his personal trainer Fabio Galan.

Flamini: 'AC Milan offered two years, but...'
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Mathieu Flamini has explained that he received a two-year contract offer from Milan, but is now hoping for a return to the Premier League.

The Frenchman is out of contract this summer and commented just last week on his discontent at the Rossoneri’s offer for renewal put forward.

Talking to the English media today, the 29-year-old indicated that a return to the Premier League may be on the cards.

“Milan offered me a contract for two years but I need to take my time and make the right decision,” explained Flamini to The Sun today.

“I’ve been in Italy for five years, I’ve had a great time and learnt a lot. But I miss England and I want to win the Premier League.

“It has a special place in my heart. I like the pace and the physicality of English football and I like that every game is very open.

“I want to win trophies. I am a competitor. My biggest regret was when I was with Arsenal and we lost the Champions League final against Barcelona.

“As well as the Premier League, I want to win the Champions League. When you are a competitor, what you want is to be successful. And to be successful, you want to win trophies.

“I’ve had some good offers but I want to take my time and decide what direction I will take.

“What’s important is to be in a team which has a good project, good ambitions and abilities.

“I miss the Premier League but other countries are possible, too. I don’t want to close any doors.”

Robinho closer to Santos
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Robinho could soon complete a move from Milan to Santos, as the Brazilians' board reportedly meet to formalise an offer.

The 29-year-old has been the subject of speculation and talks this summer over a second return to the Sao Paulo outfit.

Reports in Brazil overnight indicate, though, that the saga could be coming to an end, with Globoesporte running the line that a €6m offer in the form of a single cash payment this transfer window will be accepted by the Rossoneri.

Sky Sport Italia, who understand that this figure could be as low as and initial €5.5m plus add-ons, say that Adriano Galliani is now just awaiting an official OK from Milan to then fly out to Brazil to formalise terms.

The final obstacle in negotiations is then seen as Robinho’s wage determination.

Capello: 'Juventus still the best'
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Russia manager Fabio Capello believes Juventus will win a third consecutive Scudetto, plus commented on Mario Balotelli and Edinson Cavani.

The former Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid and England Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia today.

“I hope to go to the World Cup with Russia. We’re doing well in qualifying, even if there are still important games to be played.

“Italy look to be in good shape and did well in the Confederations Cup, especially in terms of the quality of their football.”

Capello was asked to cast his eye over the current Serie A scene going into the 2013-14 season.

“Juventus made a great buy with Carlos Tevez, because now they will be more competitive in Europe. In Italy there will be no problems confirming their Scudetto.

“Milan are a young side and can surprise, but I don’t see them being as strong as Juventus. The younger players have understood what Massimiliano Allegri wants, but they remain a step behind Juve.

“Balotelli? It is obvious he’s a good player, but at times that is not enough.”

Napoli could weaken by selling Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain for €63m.

“Faced with certain sums of money, sales become inevitable,” mused Capello.

“It’s also important to take into account that the player wouldn’t be happy to stay and Napoli might not have the same opportunity to make this sale again.”

Bojan: 'Roma and AC Milan mistakes'
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New Ajax signing Bojan Krkic admits it was “a mistake” to accept transfers for Roma and Milan.

The Barcelona youth academy product has struggled for playing time in recent years and two seasons in Serie A did not help his cause.

Roma were meant to have him for two years, but opted out of the agreement after 12 months. Milan then took him on loan, but also decided against an option to make the move permanent.

“It was a mistake when I decided to go to Roma and Milan. I should’ve come to Holland in 2011,” Bojan told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“I am young and want to play consistently, so I cannot make do with playing so little. Now I have the opportunity to continue my growth process at Ajax.”

However, on Twitter later that afternoon Bojan insisted he "never said it was a mistake. It was an honour to play for Roma and Milan."

This is another loan deal for Bojan, but he is expected to find more first team football than in Italy.

The 22-year-old Spaniard scored seven goals in 33 Serie A games for Roma in 2011-12, then three goals in just 19 top flight matches at Milan in 2012-13.

Ljajic: 'AC Milan talking to Fiorentina'
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Adem Ljajic’s lawyer admits “Milan enquired after him. If they reach a deal with Fiorentina, we’ll begin talks over personal terms.”

The 21-year-old’s contract expires in June 2014 and renegotiations have been difficult, so a summer departure is likely.

“We know of Milan’s interest, but the Rossoneri have not contacted Adem or his representatives. They enquired after him directly to Fiorentina,” lawyer Alex Vaiata told

“The two clubs will discuss the matter and, if they reach a deal with Fiorentina, then it is up to us to talk personal terms.

“I wouldn’t say a split from Fiorentina is inevitable. So far we haven’t been called up, so there are no negotiations, but just because Ljajic is not in Florence right now.

“When he returns, we’ll be able to talk things over with Fiorentina and see if there is a chance of a renewal. This depends on what the club wants, because if they have decided to sell him to Milan, then it’s not a problem. We’ll take anything into consideration.”

AC Milan look to Menez
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AC Milan could make a move for Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Jeremy Menez if their pursuit of Adem Ljajic hits a dead-end.

The Fiorentina attacker has become the Rossoneri's prime target for the summer as Robinho looks set to leave San Siro for Santos.

However, the Corriere dello Sport have claimed that should that deal go awry, Massimiliano Allegri's men will look to sign the France international as their Plan B.

Menez joined the Ligue 1 champions in 2011 from Roma, but is seen as available due to PSG's wealth of attacking talent.

Laurent Blanc's side could let him go for around €16m.

Nagatomo wants Honda derby
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Inter’s Yuto Nagatomo hopes Keisuke Honda can join rivals Milan. “It’s a dream to face another Japanese player in the Derby.”

The Rossoneri look as if they will sign the midfielder from CSKA Moscow, either over the summer or in January as a free agent.

“It’s a dream to face another Japanese player in the Derby della Madonnina,” Nagatomo told journalists as he stepped on the plane towards Italy.

“I really want to play against him and stop him when the time comes.”

Nagatomo is due to begin pre-season training with Inter on Wednesday.

Santos: 'Robinho, take a pay cut!'
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Santos have again publicly asked Robinho to “lower his wages” after his lawyer insisted “we’re at an advanced stage.”

The striker has made it clear he wants a return to his former club, but negotiations have been fraught both between the clubs and over personal terms.

Milan cut their asking price from €10m to €8.5m and agreed to accept payment in instalments, while Robinho took a wage cut, but it’s still not enough.

“I hope Robinho will lower his wages again,” Santos Vice-President Odilio Rodrigues told Gazeta Esportiva.

“Milan have set a very high valuation on the player and we hope this can be cut to make the operation more do-able.”

Robinho’s lawyer Marisa Alija also spoke to Globo Esporte about the negotiations with Santos.

“I think the move could be completed because we are at an advanced stage. I was meant to go back to Milan, but it is up to the two clubs to conclude the transfer by deciding all the payments and details.

“It is not an easy agreement to reach, but we are working day and night. In any case, there is time until July 15.”

The Brazilian transfer session closes on July 15, so Milan are in a rush to push through the sale.

Berlusconi: 'AC Milan must always be champions'
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Silvio Berlusconi is optimistic ahead of the new season for Milan and commented on the conviction that the Rossoneri ‘must always be champions’.

Milan have begun preseason today and received a visit of encouragement from their owner and President.

“I am always here even in spirit so I will always come when called upon, today is about starting again, I wanted to come and give my best wishes to Mr. Galliani, our Coach, to all the guys,” explained Berlusconi in conversation with Milan Channel.

“I stayed with the new players, Poli and Saponara, for half an hour which I liked very much. Many congratulations to Adriano Galliani who has made quite a leap towards a younger team, responding fully to the mandate.

“Last year in the second part of the season we had the most points of anyone, we have the young players from last year so we hope to have a good championship.”

The President then turned his attention to the team’s strike-force, which will consist of Stephan El Shaarawy after he was confirmed off the market, and Mario Balotelli.

“With El Shaarawy we were favourably impressed by the fact that he showed a great attachment to Milan and he said he did not want to play for any other team in the world that was not Milan.

“When you see a team for the first time when you are young you have affection for them and Balotelli has become one of the heroes on the pitch.

“It is very difficult to change the team you support and I was born with this passion my father gave me.

“It would be sacrilege to cheer for another team, Mario was born a Milan fan and we are pleased about that.”

One forward who looks likely to be leaving is Robinho, with former side Santos pushing for a deal in the coming days.

“I expressed our satisfaction if he remains at Milan, he has nostalgia for the his city, for his family, for his friends and for Santos which is the team in which he started.

“Only Robinho's departure will see a new player come in. If this happens the possibility of his return to Santos would be the only option that would see us give him up.”

Berlusconi was asked what demands he has placed on Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“What I said to Allegri is part of the absolute secrets between a President and a Coach.

“A fifth consecutive top three finish? Milan's mission since I have been the President is to take the pitch to be master of the pitch and master of the play, winning in a convincing way but behaving correctly towards opponents and to have the status of the most successful club in the world, Milan must always be champions.

“I do not exclude the possibility that there may be a further strengthening of the team, but we are all convinced already that we can win the championship.”

Milan’s city rivals Inter are in talks with Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir over possible investment and a takeover.

“There are needs that manifest themselves because football for those who want to be competitive needs a lot of money, now there is a new rule that was imposed in Europe for which teams must have budgets that commensurate with their income, so this possibility is to let in some new share holders or sell the entire share capital, I do not find anything wrong with that.

“Regarding Milan there is not this possibility, because for me and my family we are always Milanese, Milan is a matter of the heart and Milan would be the last company I would sell.”

Allegri wants to build on last season
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Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that Milan will have to work harder than ever to finish near the top of the table next season.

The Rossoneri endured a mixed campaign last time around, suffering before Christmas before turning it around to finish second come May.

The Coach though, believes that he has the squad to put up a challenge this term, whilst also commenting on his future.

“I'm happy to be here for a fourth consecutive season,” he told a Press conference. “It is going to be a difficult season, but we have a good team.

“We will try to build on what we did last season, and that means bringing in a few new payers.

“We must aim to improve our League position and our level against the likes of Juventus, Inter, Roma, Lazio, Udinese and Napoli.

“It will be a difficult championship, but we want to do better than last season.

“Despite what I read I have always been calm about my future.

“After three seasons with good results, teams have made approaches for me.

“But that is normal, that is the market.

“My priority has always been Milan though.”

The tactician then responded to questions relating to Stephan El Shaarawy's potential departure.

“Stephan is a guy who, fortunately for us, has scored important goals in times of trouble.

“His level did drop, but that is normal.

“That is for me to deal with, but there are no problems between us.”

Galliani on AC Milan's 2013-2014 ambitions
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AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has revealed that the Rossoneri are once again aiming for a top three finish this season.

The San Siro side enjoyed a superb second half to the campaign last time out, eventually finishing in second place behind Juventus.

And the board member has admitted that a Champions League place is essential.

“The last season was a difficult one for us,” he told a Press conference. “We had a rough start but a beautiful final stretch.

“So we go into the new season without any psychological issues.

“Our goals are to get back into the Champions League, to try and go as far as possible in that competiton and win the Coppa Italia.

“To finish first, second or third is crucial. Everyone knows that the economic advanatges of the Champions League are huge.”

The 68-year-old then commented on the possible departure of Robinho and signings of Keisuke Honda and Adem Ljajic.

“Negotiations are underway with Santos. The boy wants to go home.

“There are still some things to be sorted out though.

“Ljajic? There have been some rumours, and I will not deny it.

“Honda? We hope to get him to Milan in January.”

Gattuso admits Hernandez could be sold
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New Palermo Coach Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that Abel Hernandez could leave if a suitable offer came in.

Reports earlier on Monday suggested that Milan could make a move for the 22-year-old if their pursuit of Fiorentina's Adem Ljajic hits a dead-end.

And the former Rossoneri man, who is now in charge at Renzo Barbera, has conceded that sensible offers have to be considered.

“Hernandez is a great striker,” he told fans during a question and answer session on Twitter.

“But if an offer came in we would have to consider it.

“But I hope next season he can play for us.

“Serie B is a very tough championship and teams will want to do their best against us.”

AC Milan have Hernandez as Plan B
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Tuttosport have claimed this morning that Milan will look to Palermo's Abel Hernandez if they can't sign Adem Ljajic.

Reports in recent weeks have suggested that the Rossoneri will bid for the Fiorentina playmaker as a replacement for Robinho, who looks increasingly likely to join Santos.

But the Turin-based newspaper has insisted that Massimiliano Allegri's men could turn to the Rosanero forward if negotiations break down with the Tuscan club.

Hernandez joined the Sicilian side in 2009 from Penarol and has so far scored 17 League goals for the Renzo Barbera team.

El Shaarawy rejected 'over EUR 30 mil' offer
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Adriano Galliani revealed Milan “received an offer over €30m” for Stephan El Shaarawy, possibly from Chelsea or Arsenal, but turned it down.

The Vice-President was speaking to 7 Gold television this evening at a charity event.

“What we hadn’t told anyone was that we received a very big offer for El Shaarawy, but I will never name the club involved. It is a very important club, though,” said Galliani.

At the time of Tuesday’s crunch meeting, the proposals were thought to be from Chelsea, Anzhi or Arsenal.

“I informed the players’ agent and as soon as he returned from the Confederations Cup I spoke to Stephan.

“We did not want to sell him, so we simply informed the lad and his family that this proposal had arrived for him.

“I asked him what he wanted to do. He said the money he had was more than sufficient, that he is a Milan fan and did not want to leave. I kissed him on the cheek and that was that.”

Galliani’s comments in the weeks leading up to that meeting had implied El Shaarawy was on the market.

“We were not tempted by the offer, but we couldn’t exactly hide it from him. He saw the figures, but did not want to budge. How big was the offer? More than €30m.

“We discussed tactics for next season, as we are returning to a 4-3-2-1 system and he is happy to play as a support striker.

“He had a goal-scoring crisis in recent months, not a physical one, but he always worked hard for the team. He is only 20, so some ups and downs are natural. It even happened to Edinson Cavani, who didn’t score for two months.”

CSKA: 'AC Milan, make a Honda offer'
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CSKA Moscow have urged Milan to make them an offer for Keisuke Honda. “The ball is in their court.”

The Japan international midfielder’s contract expires in December, so the Rossoneri seem ready to wait until he becomes a free agent.

“The situation has not changed. Honda can talk to another club at the moment because the rules permit it, but we are ready to let him go earlier faced with a reasonable offer,” director general Roman Babaev told Sport Express.

“We are glad that Milan are showing interest, but also need to be realistic about the fact his contract is out in six months.

“We are not worried about him potentially leaving us on a free transfer. The ball is in Milan’s court now.”

Everton were also interested in Honda, but the player appears to have given his word to the Rossoneri.

AC Milan: Santos can talk to Robinho
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AC Milan have reportedly given Santos permission to negotiate directly with Robinho to rush through a transfer.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia, the Rossoneri have told Santos they can begin formal talks over personal terms.

A fee has not yet been decided, but time is of the essence as the Brazilian transfer session closes on July 15.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed Milan are “closer” to a deal with Santos, as they lowered their asking price from €10m to €8.5m and agreed to accept payment in instalments.

Robinho has already said he will cut his wages to push the move through to his former club.

AC Milan play Ljajic long game
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AC Milan would like Adem Ljajic from Fiorentina now, but are prepared to wait until he becomes a free agent next summer.

The 21-year-old Serbian international’s current deal expires in June 2014 and renegotiations with the Viola have not been going well.

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed Ljajic “could be a transfer target,” but would not be drawn on any proposals.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Milan are playing the long game – much the same way they did to get Riccardo Montolivo as a free agent from Fiorentina.

They have reportedly already agreed personal terms with Ljajic, so if a €10m offer is turned down, they are prepared to wait a year until he is free to make the move.

AC Milan reject Real Madrid's Balotelli bid
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After reports suggest Milan turned down a Real Madrid offer for Mario Balotelli, his agent warns “sooner or later everyone is on the market.”

The striker only made the move to San Siro from Manchester City in January for €20m (£17.6m).

According to the Corriere dello Sport, new Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti ordered his club to make a huge offer in order to tempt SuperMario to La Liga.

However, the Rossoneri assured he is absolutely not for sale, nor is there any buy-out clause in his contract.

“Will Balotelli be sold? No, for the moment he won’t go, but in football those who are not for sale sooner or later go on the market,” agent Mino Raiola told the Corriere dello Sport.

“Milan have an important project in place with Mario and he is very happy here. You can be sure he won’t move for now, but tomorrow... I don’t know.

“It is very tough for Serie A to hold on to top players right now, as their revenue is only a third of what English or Spanish clubs make.”

Galliani: 'AC Milan unlike Juventus and Inter'
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AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani confirmed Robinho is “closer to joining Santos,” considers Mario Balotelli a bargain and aimed a sideswipe at Juventus and Inter.

The Vice-President and general manager spoke to journalists during a charity event on Saturday night.

“Milan never go below third place, as over the last five years we have always been on the Serie A podium,” he pointed out.

“When our season went really badly, we finished third. For other clubs, such as Inter and Juve, when they had a bad season they didn’t even finish on the podium.

“Juventus are still in pole position for the Scudetto, because they won it last year. However, Milan are right up there, so at least we’ll be in the top three.”

The Rossoneri surged up the standings during the second half of the season, partly thanks to the arrival of Balotelli from Manchester City.

“He is a top star, even if he was often a reserve at Inter and Manchester City. When he arrived at Milan I told him to continue being a star, but a starting one.

“I consider him to be a bargain, as he scored 12 goals in 13 games and we are paying for him in monthly instalments.”

Galliani was asked whether there was a buy-out clause in Balotelli’s contract after reports the club valued him at €150m.

“We never thought about a clause for Balotelli. A clause allows a player to leave when he wants to, whereas a regular contract forces him to stay. Besides, nobody asked us for a clause.”

There is also no clause for Robinho, as negotiations with Santos continue with time running out before the Brazilian transfer window closes on July 15.

“Robinho wants to go to back Santos, a club he considers his home, and we’ll see if we can reach an agreement. Negotiations are continuing, we are closer, but not quite there yet. If Robinho leaves, we’ll sign another secondary striker.”

Galliani had already hinted the prime target to replace Robinho was Fiorentina’s Adem Ljajic.

“He could become our objective, but at the moment he is a player under contract with Fiorentina.”

El Shaarawy was taken off the market this week after a crunch meeting with the player and his father, though Galliani admits it was the striker’s decision.

“Stephan received an important offer with super wages for him, but the lad asked to stay and we were happy to keep him.”

The primary candidates for the Little Pharaoh were Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Anzhi.

Robinho breakthrough
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Reports in Brazil suggest Milan are close to a deal with Santos for Robinho, agreeing to spread the payment.

The Brazilian transfer window closes on July 15, so time is of the essence, especially as Adriano Galliani confirmed no new forwards will come in until Robinho is sold.

The Rossoneri have lowered their initial €10m price-tag to €8.5m and the player also agreed to cut his wage demands.

According to the Brazilian media this evening, Milan have now also accepted payment in instalments, which will make the move easier for Santos.

Once the sale has been completed, the San Siro side can reinvest in CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda and Fiorentina forward Adem Ljajic.

AC Milan eye Icelandic striker
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AC Milan are rumoured to be preparing a €5m offer for Heerenveen’s Icelandic international hitman Alfred Finnbogason.

According to CalcioNews24, the striker was proposed to the Rossoneri by current Heerenveen manager Marco Van Basten.

The 24-year-old joined the Dutch club in August 2012 and scored a remarkable 24 goals in 31 Eredivisie games this season.

His price-tag is thought to oscillate between €4.5m and €6m, considerably cheaper than alternatives such as Adem Ljajic of Fiorentina.

Finnbogason would be seen as an understudy to Mario Balotelli and further lowering the average age of the squad.

Robinho 'could stay at AC Milan'
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Robinho’s lawyer confirms negotiations continue with Santos, but “I cannot rule out his stay at Milan.”

The striker is out of contract in June 2014 and the Rossoneri are in a rush to sell, particularly as the Brazilian transfer window closes on July 15.

“Milan proposed two figures for the sale: one minimum and one maximum,” representative Marisa Ramos told Lancenet.

“We have now taken that information to Santos, who will reflect and present their own offer.

“The negotiations are therefore open. He would be very happy to return to Brazil, but he is also happy in Italy and I cannot rule out his stay at Milan.”

Vice-President Adriano Galliani again stated today that Milan would not be buying any more forwards until Robinho is sold.

It is reported the Rossoneri lowered their demands to €8.5m from an original €10m, but that Santos refuse to pay more than €6m.

Galliani: 'Ljajic fits AC Milan bill'
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Adriano Galliani confirmed talks continue for Robinho to Santos and “Adem Ljajic has characteristics that suit Milan.”

The Rossoneri lowered their asking price for Robinho from €10m to €8.5m, as he is holding up their entire transfer strategy.

“We are convinced that we have a strong squad and if someone leaves, then another player will arrive. If not, then we’re fine as we are,” Vice-President Galliani told TuttoMercatoWeb.

“We are talking to Santos about Robinho, but there is only a week to go, as the Brazilian transfer session closes on July 15.”

Fiorentina starlet Ljajic has emerged as a prime candidate to replace Robinho at Milan, as his contract with the Tuscans expires next summer.

There are reports his agent requested triple the current wages in order to sign an extension, so his departure is likely.

“I didn’t say we were interested in Ljajic. I simply said Ljajic has characteristics that suit Milan,” continued Galliani.

“He is a secondary striker, he is young, so if Robinho does leave then we’ll consider several different players, including Ljajic.

“He is now a Fiorentina player, though and I’m sure they don’t want to sell him.”

Ljajic or Lavezzi?
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As Robinho closes on Santos, Milan target Fiorentina’s Adem Ljajic or PSG man Ezequiel Lavezzi and Cristian Zaccardo complains.

The Rossoneri have made it clear they will buy another forward if Robinho finally completes his transfer to Santos, having lowered their €10m price-tag to €8.5m in order to push the move through.

Time is of the essence, as the Brazilian transfer window closes in nine days.

At first Stevan Jovetic had emerged as the prime target to replace him, but the €30m cost is simply too much for Milan’s new transfer strategy.

His Fiorentina teammate Ljajic, on the other hand, is in the middle of tense contract renegotiations as his deal expires in June 2014. A crunch meeting with Viola directors is due on Monday.

The 21-year-old Serbian secondary striker would fit the tactical set-up under Massimiliano Allegri and continue Milan’s path of lowering the average age of the squad.

However, Tuttosport have suggested an intriguing proposition, as the Rossoneri could also be tracking Lavezzi.

The former Napoli star is in the balance at PSG if the club brings in Edinson Cavani for €63m and could seek more playing time elsewhere.

There is an issue of the price-tag, as Paris Saint-Germain paid €26m to buy him from Napoli only a year ago, so Milan hope for a loan with option to buy.

Meanwhile, a player already at San Siro is asking to leave after playing only 45 minutes of football since joining from Parma in January.

“I want to fight in order to earn my place, but the club also has to tell me if I am of any use here,” defender Zaccardo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Milan are a remarkable club, so organised and ensure the players want for nothing. I want to be part of the project, but I have never spoken to Allegri. Perhaps at a certain point I should stepped forward and done it. Instead I suffered in silence.”

Fiorentina warn Ljajic
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Fiorentina warn “conditions must be favourable” for Adem Ljajic to stay, while their emissaries visit Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez.

Ljajic’s contract expires in June 2014 and renewal negotiations have been tricky, particularly after Milan showed their interest in the forward.

“We need to talk to the player, who has already explained to us his desire to remain in Florence,” said director of sport Daniele Pradè.

“Clearly conditions must be favourable for all concerned. There is time to discuss it and, if there are the right conditions, we’d be ready to renew his contract.”

Meanwhile, the Viola are also pursuing German international Gomez with an intriguing new approach.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Fiorentina goalkeeping trainer Giulio Nuciari was spotted in the Trentino area today, where Bayern Munich began their pre-season training.

It is possible he was there to meet with Gomez or even other Bayern players who could be included in a deal.

Santos 'consider new Robinho terms'
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Santos and Robinho’s lawyer are in advanced negotiations after Milan agreed to lower their price-tag. “We are evaluating the new situation.”

The forward this week announced agent Mino Raiola was not able to represent him in talks with Santos and had made outlandish demands.

He agreed to cut his wages and today the Rossoneri confirmed they had also changed their price-tag to a reported €8.5m.

“I met with Milan, told them of Santos’ interest and heard Milan’s conditions,” lawyer Marisa Ramos told Lancenet.

“Milan are open to the possibility of negotiations and gave me two figures, one minimum and one maximum. I passed those on to Santos Vice-President Odilio Rodrigues, who will evaluate them with other directors.”

The club is lowering its expectations on Robinho because selling him is imperative to get the market moving, but also as the Brazilian transfer session closes in just 10 days.

Negotiations already collapsed in January and Milan do not want to be left with him on their books again.

“Initially Milan asked us for €10m, a request we cannot satisfy,” added Santos Vice-President Rodrigues.

“We are evaluating the new situation and thinking about a three-year contract for the player. We know the fans want Robinho back and we intend to make them happy.”

AC Milan on Robinho, Poli and Honda
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AC Milan confirmed a deal for Andrea Poli, their interest in Keisuke Honda and lowering Robinho’s price-tag.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani spoke at a Press conference today to announce Banca Popolare di Milano are their new major sponsors, but was also drawn on transfer gossip.

“Last night we sent Santos our final economic request for Robinho,” confessed Galliani.

It is believed this lowers the original €10m price-tag to €8.5m, while the striker has already said he will cut his wages to push the move through.

Many have reported that Robinho’s sale is necessary before Milan can swoop for CSKA Moscow’s Honda, but Galliani painted a different picture.

“I see Honda as an excellent trequartista. If Robinho were to leave, then we would bring in a support striker instead.

“Urby Emanuelson could remain with us. We’ll have to talk it over with our Coach, otherwise see what offers there are.”

The Rossoneri have snapped up Italy midfielder Poli from Sampdoria and he’ll begin training with his new teammates straight away.

“I had dinner with Poli last night. His move is certain, but not actually official yet. Sampdoria authorised him to have a medical and begin training with us.”

'Allegri and Berlusconi are united'
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AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has insisted that Silvio Berlusconi is fully behind Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Reports earlier in the summer suggested that the tactician could lose his job at the Rossoneri, with Clarence Seedorf coming in to replace him.

The board member though, has insisted that the San Siro side's chief has full confidence in the 45-year-old.

“Berlusconi will be at Milanello on Monday,” he told reporters. “I think that is an important signal.

“He will be next to Mr. Allegri – showing their cohesion and unity in front of everyone.”

AC Milan want Ljajic, but have to sell Robinho
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AC Milan want to bring Fiorentina playmaker Adem Ljajic to San Siro, but first have to sell Robinho.

The Brazilian attacker has been strong linked with a move away from the Rossoneri this summer, with Santos the most likely candidates for his signature.

However, the President of the Brazilian club admitted earlier this week that they would not break the bank for the former Real Madrid man.

Massimiliano Allegri's side are looking for around €8m for Robinho, and would hope to reinvest that sum into the purchase of Ljajic.

The Serbia international has become highly sought-after following an impressive campaign last time out for the Viola, with his agent reportedly trying to broker a deal with Atletico Madrid.

Poli cleared to start at AC Milan
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Andrea Poli has been cleared to start training with Milan, despite the deal not actually being completed.

The Sampdoria midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to San Siro this summer, with the player's agent meeting with the Rossoneri on a regular basis over the past few weeks.

A deal between Poli, the Bluerchiati and Massimiliano Allegri's men looked to be all-set.

However, as part of the transfer, Polish youngster Bartosz Salamon was meant to be going in the opposite direction in a co-ownership deal. The 22-year-old though, has not yet come to an agreement with the Genoese club.

In the meantime though, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Delio Rossi's side have allowed Poli to meet up with his new Milan teamamtes and start pre-season training.

Balotelli: AC Milan need reinforcements
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Mario Balotelli believes that Milan have to reinforce the squad this summer if they are to challenge in the Champions League.

The Rossoneri have so far failed to make any notable purchases over the summer, with only Colombian youngster Jherson Vergara joining.

And the striker has insisted that his side have to get a more high-profile name into the club – like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“We are strong, but to compete at a European level we need reinforcements,” he told Sport Mediaset.

“I would like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“I told Tevez to come to Milan, but he obviously did not listen.”

The Italy international then commented on Stephan El Shaarawy's future with the San Siro side.

“I sent a message to Stephan and asked him how the meeting with Mr. Galliani went.

“He told me that he would stay, and I told him that he did well.

“Milan are a team that I have in my heart – it is a great club with a huge fan-base.”

OFFICIAL: Ambrosini joins Fiorentina
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Former Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini has officially signed a one-year contract with Fiorentina.

“ACF Fiorentina has completed the signing of midfielder Massimo Ambrosini on a permanent contract, the former Italy midfielder putting pen to paper on a one-year deal until 30 June 2014,” read a statement.

“Ambrosini has acquired a wealth of experience during a distinguished career, winning one Club World Cup, two Champions League trophies, two European Super Cups, four Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and two Italian Super Cups.”

The 36-year-old was a free agent after his contract with Milan was allowed to expire, ending 17 years at the club.

Galliani: Honda is still a CSKA player
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AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani insists that Keisuke Honda is still a CSKA Moscow player, despite rumours of an agreement with the player.

Reports in the Italian Press earlier on Thursday suggested that the Japan international had put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal with the Rossoneri.

But the board member has claimed that is not the case, whilst also commenting on Robinho's rumoured departure.

“Honda? At the moment he is a CSKA Moscow player,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“But who can predict what will happen in the future?

“With Robinho there is nothing new.”

AC Milan sign Banca Popolare di Milano deal
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AC Milan are set to sign a three-year sponsorship deal with Banca Popolare di Milano, reports have suggested.

Corriere della Sera have claimed that the Rossoneri will put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract with the bank.

The paper believe that Banca will become the club's 'main sponsor', however they will not be replacing Fly Emirates as the main shirt sponsor.

Flamini 'disappointed' with AC Milan offer
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Mathieu Flamini has revealed he was 'disappointed' with Milan's contract offer and has admitted he will leave the club.

The midfielder echoed comments made earlier on Thursday by his agent, and has claimed that he 'deserved better' from the Rossoneri.

“I'm not going to accept the offer of only two years,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “At 29, after five season with the Rossoneri, and after the four important goals I scored last season, I deserved diffferent treatment.

“I am disappointed, and I'm going my own way.

“My future? Anything is possible.”

Flamini is currently unattached after his contract at San Siro expired earlier this week.

Flamini won't sign, admits agent
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Mathieu Flamini's agent has revealed that the midfielder is likely to leave Milan this summer.

The 29-year-old is currently without a club after his contract at San Siro expired earlier this week.

And despite the Rossoneri offering Flamini a new two-year deal, his representative has claimed that the France international is likely not to sign.

“In view of the contribution that Flamini has provided to the club, he would like longer than two years,” Alexandra Missirli told L'Equipe.

Honda signs four-year AC Milan deal?
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Keisuke Honda has agreed a four-year deal with Milan worth €2.5m per season, reports in the Italian media have claimed.

Several outlets on the peninsula insist that the Japan international has put pen-to-paper with the Rossoneri, however, it is unclear whether the midfielder will move this summer or in January.

The 27-year-old's current contract with CSKA Moscow runs out on January 1 2014, at which point he will join the San Siro side as a free agent.

To get Honda this summer though, Milan will have to reach an agreement with the Russian side. Stories earlier this week revealed that Massimiliano Allegri's side have already had a €2m bid turned down.

AC Milan agree Poli deal?
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There are reports Milan have reached a deal with Sampdoria to sign half of midfielder Andrea Poli.

Sky Sport Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport claim the clubs came to an agreement this evening, although there is one more step to go before it can be completed.

In exchange, Milan would hand over cash plus co-ownership of Polish international defender Bartosz Salamon.

If Salamon is unable to agree personal terms with Sampdoria, then the Rossoneri would have to include co-ownership of two youth team players.

Robinho agents row over Santos
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There’s a new twist in the Robinho-Santos saga, as the Milan striker’s father claims agent Mino Raiola was not authorised to negotiate.

The move risks collapse due to both the requests of the Rossoneri and the player’s wage demands, which this week Santos declared “need to get back to reality.”

Now there is a new twist in the tale, as Robinho’s father has told Brazilian media the talks with Santos were through agent Raiola.

“I saw Mino Raiola only once and we are not friends,” Gilvan de Souza told Lancenet.

“The only people who deal with Robinho’s affairs are me and our lawyer Marisa Ramos.”

Raiola is a very famous agent who among others represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli.

If Robinho’s entourage want to negotiate directly with Santos, it is possible a move could be achieved for the Milan forward.

“He will accept the fact he’ll be earning much less in order to come back to Santos,” added lawyer Ramos.

“I spoke to Santos Vice-President Odilio Rodrigues for the first time last week to study the Robinho situation. If someone else negotiated on his behalf, then they were not authorised to do so.

“What does Robinho think about all this? He was very irritated to hear Santos talk about certain wage demands that he had never made. I don’t know where that money was meant to go, but not to Robinho or Milan.

“I will talk to Milan over the next few days.”

Robinho's agent to meet AC Milan
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Santos have reportedly taken steps in their attempts to sign Robinho from Milan this summer, as the player’s agent lands in Italy.

With the deadline for the Brazilian transfer window closing on July 15 approaching, it is reported in Italy that the Brazilian club have advanced in talks to re-sign the 29-year-old.

On from reports yesterday in Brazil that indicated that Milan and Robinho had ceded ground to try and advance the deal, details today are on the specifics involved.

The forward has reportedly reduced his monthly wage demands from €400,000 to €340,000, just as the Rossoneri are ready to accept a deal in the region of €8m-€10m.

This will include the arrangement of two friendlies to be played with Santos, to be arranged at Milan’s convenience.

Robinho’s agent has also flown out to Milan to negotiate with the club his potential sale.

“He accepts that he will earn a lot less to return to Santos, he is aware that there is a need to reduce his current salary,” explained Marisa Ramos to LANCE!Net today.

“I have a planned trip to Milan and will arrive today (yesterday).

“Upon learning of Santos’ genuine interest, I will talk to Milan in the coming days.”

Petagna signs new AC Milan deal
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AC Milan have confirmed today that they have signed primavera talent Andrea Petagna to a new five-year contract.

The 18-year-old forward caught the eye last term for Milan’s youth team and was handed his senior debut last December.

Reportedly set for an increased role with the first team squad next term, as opposed to a loan move away, Petagna has been confirmed today as having signed an extended contract.

“Milan communicate that they have extended the contract of Andrea Petagna to June 30, 2018,” read the Rossoneri’s brief communication released on Wednesday morning.

'Juventus strong, but so are AC Milan'
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Pier Silvio Berlusconi has enthused at Milan’s decision to keep hold of Stephan El Shaarawy and affirms that the Rossoneri are not too far behind Juventus.

Vice-President of Mediaset, the 44-year-old took questions on the Rossoneri in presenting the autumn schedule for the broadcasting firm, beginning with the news that the Rossoneri are keeping hold of striker El Shaarawy.

“As a Milan fan I am happy that El Shaarawy is removed from the market and is staying,” reflected Berlusconi to reporters this week.

“Despite his young age he is a champion, but he still has much to prove. It is a choice that depended upon my father.

“I expect maximum commitment for next year because he has talent and with his age he can improve a lot.

“His ups and downs last season? Maybe he has suffered from the media explosion around him. For a very young lad it can happen.”

Berlusconi was also enthusiastic about El Shaarawy’s strike-partner Mario Balotelli.

“I love Balotelli, because he is a great champion. Technically and physically he is outstanding, one of the best in the world.

“He is still young, he can only get better, and there is a very wide scope for his potential, if he continues on this path.

“I’m a fan of Mario and so justify everything that he does. He always makes the news, in the field with his goals, but also out of the field, with everything that he does.

“Did Italy play their best game of the Confederations Cup in his absence? I do not know… In Milan he is critical and we hope that he always played because he decides games.”

Carlos Tevez’ agent commented that the Rossoneri were back in for the Argentine before his move to Juventus was completed last week.

“Juve have taken him, but we are strong too. We have Balotelli and El Shaarawy, and with them fit and at their level, I do not see a big difference with the Bianconeri - I remain hopeful.

“Of course they are strong and have strengthened their squad with passing years. Milan must continue its growth and aim to improve results obtained from this year.

“It will not be easy to do better at either Italian or international level, where we will face the giants.”

Pier Silvio was thought to be an advocate from the start for Milan to keep Massimiliano Allegri as Coach.

“Having held on to Allegri was the right choice and I absolutely agree. I was and always have been for his confirmation.

“With the team that we have given him he has done well and I think that this is also the belief of my father, who has kept him in the end.

“Allegri has done well and has deserved to stay.”

The Milan President’s son was asked of the possibility of seeing rivals Inter sell a majority shareholding to Erick Thohir.

“If there are foreigners who are willing and able to invest in our football then it is a good thing, but I think of this sport with romance and passion.

“And my dad sees it the same way, which is why he has never sold his shares. When you hear the word Milan, the colours change to red and black.”

AC Milan - Sampdoria discuss Poli today
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AC Milan are reportedly meeting with Sampdoria on Wednesday to try and determine a deal for Andrea Poli’s transfer.

The midfielder is seen as the Rossoneri’s primary transfer objective this summer and, having resolved Stephan El Shaarawy’s situation, the club are reportedly now ready to close on a deal for the 23-year-old.

The Gazzetta dello Sport report that a meeting between club officials at Milan and Sampdoria has been arranged for today with the intention from the San Siro side to conclude negotiations in a positive way.

The main issue to the deal is reportedly who Milan are prepared to offer in part exchange. Samp are reportedly pushing for Bartosz Salamon’s involvement.

AC Milan take El Shaarawy off market
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AC Milan have officially declared Stephan El Shaarawy is not for sale after today’s crunch meeting with the player.

“The meeting between Adriano Galliani, Stephan El Shaarawy and his entourage has taken place,” read a statement on the club website.

“It all went well. Stephan, who has always been a Milan fan, confirmed his strong desire to continue playing in the Rossoneri jersey.

“That proposal was shared by Milan with conviction and trust. Milan and El Shaarawy go forward together, as they have done since June 2011.

“No transfer, no rumours, no links. Milan, the Rossoneri colours and the Pharaoh will absolutely stick together.”

The 20-year-old striker had been linked with offers from Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Manchester City.

He struggled for form in recent months after the arrival of Mario Balotelli, who forced a change of tactics.

Robinho accepts Santos cut?
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Robinho is closer to joining Santos after reportedly accepting a pay cut and organising Milan friendlies.

The striker has made it clear he wants a return to his former club, but negotiations over both the transfer fee and personal terms had hit an impasse.

According to Brazilian media Uol Esporte, the situation is nearing a breakthrough with both player and club backing down.

Robinho would be prepared to lower his wage demands after a Santos representative warned he had to “get back to reality.”

Milan are also closer to accepting the €8m bid if it includes a friendly match in Brazil with the full proceeds going to the Rossoneri.

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani has warned he will not sign any other players – including Japanese target Keisuke Honda – until the squad has been reduced, so selling Robinho is an imperative.

AC Milan chase Muriel
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With reports that Stephan El Shaarawy could leave Milan, the Rossoneri are rumoured to be looking at Udinese's Luis Muriel as a replacement.

Stories have emerged over the past few weeks linking the 20-year-old forward with a move away from San Siro, with Chelsea looking to be a likely destination for the Italy international.

And Corriere dello Sport believe if that's to be the case, Massimiliano Allegri's men will try to bring in the Zebrette goalscorer as El Shaarawy's 'heir'.

Muriel enjoyed a breakthrough season in Serie A last time out, scoring 11 goals in 22 games for the Zebrette.

He could be available for a fee of around €14m.

Boban: El Shaarawy must improve
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Zvonimir Boban has reflected that Stephan El Shaarawy needs to improve his game to become a great at Milan, or risk being sold.

There are rumours that the Rossoneri may sell the Italy international this summer and for their former creative midfielder, it is understandable speculation.

“Everything that has happened to him has happened too soon, El Shaarawy must improve before things become too predictable, everyone knows his movement now when he comes in central,” explained Boban to Sky Sports 24.

“In my opinion there is not full respect in Milan for him, not as a player or a man, but as a champion - I believe he is a very good player, but nothing more.

“Could Milan think of selling him? It seems to me that they are already considering this, Galliani has said that he is not unsellable if a great offer comes in.

“I think they could also drop the price, if not I cannot explain given his age.”

Boban was also asked to consider Juventus’ work in the summer transfer window, including Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez’ signings.

“Honestly I have not been able to decipher Llorente very well. He’s a good player, but I do not think he is a champion.

“Certainly, though, as a central striker he can guarantee both presence and a certain number of goals. Also there is Tevez. Juventus have strengthened greatly in this area.

“They are not world class players, but they are very important players and will change Juve for the better.

“Will it increase the gap to the others? Juve have certainly worked better than the others, whilst they already have a team, a style of play, a Coach who knows how to drive his team well and a club that has established itself well in recent years.

“This is not a definitive quantum leap with respect to the big sides in Europe, but I think Juve will move even further away from the other Italian teams.”

Torres and El Shaarawy in swap deal?
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Sport Mediaset believe that Chelsea could offer Fernando Torres in part-exchange for Milan youngster Stephan El Shaarawy.

The Premier League side are said to be frustrated with Napoli's stalling over their move for Edinson Cavani.

And the website claims that the 20-year-old Rossoneri forward is their plan B in case a move for the Uruguay international goes amiss.

Reports yesterday in the Italian Press insisted that Jose Mourinho's side would try and bid for El Shaarawy, but news today confirms that Torres may be added into the equation.

Santos chief has Robinho warning
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Santos President Luis Alvaro de Oliveira has told reporters that the club will not be held to ransom over a move for Robinho.

The Corriere dello Sport claimed this morning that the Rossoneri have come to an agreement with Japan international Keisuke Honda, but for that to be completed, they must first sell the Brazilian attacker.

Santos look to be the most likely destination for the former Real Madrid man. But the team's chief has insisted that they will not pay over the odds.

“We will not go mad for Robinho,” he said to journalists. “We cannot accept demands that are incompatible with our reality.

“The distance between us at the moment is very large.”

'Ambrosini happy with Fiorentina chance'
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Massimo Ambrosini is delighted with the chance to play for Fiorentina, his agent has told Calcio Mercato.

The veteran midfielder has been released by Milan after an 17-year career with the Rossoneri.

But his representative has admitted that the 36-year-old is looking forward to joining the Viola, even though an agreement has yet to be reached.

“Massimo is very happy with the chance to join Fiorentina,” Moreno Roggi told the website.

“It is very unlikely that the move will happen this week, however, anything could happen.

“There is an initial agreement with Fiorentina, but we will meet again and talk.”

AC Milan agree Honda terms
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AC Milan have reached an agreement with CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda, but must first sell Robinho in order to sign the Japan international.

Corriere dello Sport have reported today that the Rossoneri have agreed personal terms with the Asian playmaker – offering the 27-year-old a four-year deal worth €2.5m per season.

However, in order to get that sort of cash, the Rome-based newspaper believes that the Brazil international will have to depart from San Siro.

It is claimed though, that vice-President Adriano Galliani is confident a deal with Santos can be reached, with a fee of around €8m likely to be agreed.

The only sticking point now is the fee Milan will have to pay CSKA for Honda. Massimiliano Allegri's men have already had a €2m offer turned down, but with his contract set to run out on December 31 2013, the Diavolo are hesitant to go to the Russian club's €7m asking-price.

El Shaarawy: 'Finally...'
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Stephan El Shaarawy was happy to break his goal drought, “even if it was in a penalty shoot-out...”

The Milan forward has struggled for form and was not expected to start this evening despite an injury crisis.

He played the entire 120 minutes of Italy’s Confederations Cup third place play-off with Uruguay and converted successfully in the shoot-out victory.

“Finally... even if it was in a penalty shoot-out.... at least it went in!” wrote the 20-year-old on Twitter.

“Immense satisfaction and compliments for everyone. Great character and great heart!! We are third!”

His Milan teammate Mario Balotelli was watching in Italy and also tweeted during the game.

“GIGI BUFFON! Superman! :-) yes! Great lads!” he wrote.

De Sciglio's sigh of relief
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Mattia De Sciglio was happy that his saved penalty didn’t stop Italy taking bronze in the Confederations Cup.

The 20-year-old saw his effort parried by Fernando Muslera during the shoot-out after a 2-2 draw with Uruguay.

“Fortunately the penalty didn’t have an effect on the result. I didn’t watch the goalkeeper and he did well to guess the right angle. Luckily Gigi Buffon performed three great saves,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“These are competitions that leave something in you, as you can challenge different football cultures and experience emotions in a splendid squad. I think all our efforts were repaid with this medal.”

Milan defender De Sciglio was asked whether teammate Stephan El Shaarawy would remain at the club.

“I’d be happy if El Shaarawy stayed at Milan and he played a great season, so it’s normal to have a dip in fitness levels after that.

“He just needs to relax, enjoy this third place and realise he’s done very well. Of course, it’s up to the club in the end.”

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