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August 2014

Serie A: AC Milan 3:1 Lazio - goals/highlights
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Serie A: AC Milan 3:1 Lazio - match report
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Honda 7 (M), Muntari 56 (M), Menez pen 63 (M), Alex og 66 (L)

Pippo Inzaghi’s first game in charge was a success, as Milan beat Lazio 3-1 and Diego Lopez saved a penalty.

The first game of the season was already a head-to-head for Europe, as both teams missed out on qualification last term. Pippo Inzaghi made his senior management debut on the bench, but Fernando Torres hadn’t completed his move from Chelsea yet and Giampaolo Pazzini had a muscular problem, so Jeremy Menez acted as a ‘False 9.’ Mattia De Sciglio and Philippe Mexes were injured with Riccardo Montolivo out until late October with a broken leg. Lazio also made many changes, missing Federico Marchetti, Eddy Onazi, Abdoulay Konko, Ederson and the banned Bruno Pereirinha.

It took just seven minutes to break the deadlock. Stephan El Shaarawy burst from midfield past Stefan de Vrij and rolled across for the unmarked Keisuke Honda to turn in at the back post.

Cristian Zapata decisively blocked a dangerous Lazio counter-attack and Antonio Candreva’s cross-shot was too close to Diego Lopez. The Colombian was again crucial when intercepting a Dusan Basta give-and-go with Miroslav Klose.

Lazio stepped up the pressure after the break with De Vrij from distance, but it was Milan who doubled their lead with a rare scoring opportunity.

Ignazio Abate whipped in a cross from the right for Sulley Muntari to volley at full stretch from six yards.

Soon after, Jeremy Menez was blocked off in the box by a disappointing De Vrij on his Serie A debut. Ex-PSG and Roma man Menez got back up to take the penalty himself, sending Etrit Berisha the wrong way.

Lazio did get back into the game with a chaotic goal, as Alex slid in to anticipate Filip Djordjevic on an Antonio Candreva cross and may well have got the last touch to surprise Diego Lopez at the near post.

The Aquile gained in confidence and Diego Lopez mistimed his intervention, fortunate to see a Senad Lulic header sail off target.

Stefano Mauri’s volley skimmed the woodwork, then Mbaye Niang came off the bench and immediately fired straight at Berisha.

Lazio were pouring forward and Diego Lopez had to beat away a Candreva volley into the ground at the back post.

Stefano Pioli’s men never gave up and deep into stoppages Candreva was tripped by Abate for a penalty. However, Diego Lopez marked his Serie A debut with a wonderful save, turning Candreva’s spot-kick out of the near bottom corner.

This is the first time in three years that the Rossoneri have been able to win the opening game.

Milan: Diego Lopez; Abate, Zapata, Alex, Bonera; Poli, De Jong, Muntari (Essien 67); Honda (Armero 77), Menez (Niang 82), El Shaarawy

Lazio: Berisha; Basta, De Vrij, Cana, Radu; Parolo, Biglia, Lulic (Mauri 73); Candreva, Klose (Djordjevic 60), Keita (Felipe Anderson 60)

Ref: Tagliavento

Saved penalty: Candreva 94 (L)

Inzaghi: 'AC Milan DNA is back'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Pippo Inzaghi believes the “Milan DNA is returning” after a 3-1 win over Lazio and welcomed Fernando Torres.

This was his debut competitive match as a senior tactician and SuperPippo was as excitable on the touchline as he used to be on the field.

“These 50 days of training helped us to form a great group,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I had said we could lose against more talented opponents, but not because they wanted it more than we did.

“It was a perfect game for the first hour, then we suffered a little, but that was only normal in the circumstances. The President was happy with the performance.”

Inzaghi had special words for some of his players on the night.

“I am happy for Abate, who at times has been unfairly criticised. He gave the assist to Muntari and sparked the Menez move for the penalty.”

Torres was in the stands after completing his two-year loan move from Chelsea, but how will he fit into Milan’s tactics?

“He will give us a big hand and the opportunity to make the most of counter-attacks. He had his medical tests today and set a new record for the team.

“What are our objectives? There are perhaps three teams who have something more, but with hunger, temperament and our fans back at San Siro, we could be a surprise.”

Cerci to Atletico Madrid
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Source: Football Italia

Atletico Madrid have officially agreed terms with Torino for Alessio Cerci pending a medical.

The Liga champions had already been linked with the 27-year-old, but made a final push on the eve of the transfer deadline.

“Atletico Madrid and Torino FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Alessio Cerci, pending the appropriate medical examination and signing of the contract by the player.

“The Italian international would commit for the next three seasons.”

Cerci will fly out for his medical tomorrow and it is widely reported it’s a loan deal with option to buy for a total €19m.

“The agreement reached with the Torino for the transfer of Cerci is a joy for all,” said Atletico sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero.

“It was a clear objective to finish strengthen our squad ahead tackle all the challenges that lie ahead this season.

“We’ve had to make a major effort after all the operations we have done this summer, but we are convinced that it has been worth it because I believe he can be a key to our team.

“He can provide us overflow, speed, goals ... We will foster more alternatives in our attacking game.”

Abate: 'AC Milan won't miss Balotelli'
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Source: Football Italia

Ignazio Abate made very harsh comments about why Milan won’t miss Mario Balotelli “as a man.”

The striker made his debut for Liverpool this afternoon, starting in a 3-0 victory away to Tottenham, while his ex-teammates beat Lazio 3-1 in Serie A.

“The Coach said a very important thing in his Press conference, which is that the man comes before the player,” Abate told Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle.

“Mario is a truly great player, but he needs to improve in other areas. He needs to take on a lot more responsibility.

“I think that in this group we’ve got a good mix of experience and youth, but mustn’t get ahead of ourselves.”

It was the first competitive match for new Coach Pippo Inzaghi.

“Inzaghi is like one of the group and I think this season we can achieve great things together. He really fired us up and I think the Milan DNA has returned.”

OFFICIAL: Torres signs for AC Milan
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Source: Football Italia

Fernando Torres has officially completed his move to Milan on a two-year loan from Chelsea. “We wish him all the best.”

The Spanish striker had flown in yesterday and finalised the medical tests today so he could sit in the stands of San Siro for the Serie A game against Lazio.

“Fernando Torres has today finalised the loan that will see the striker spend the next two years at AC Milan,” read a Chelsea statement.

“The 30-year-old will now play for the Serie A side following three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, in which time he helped Chelsea lift the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup.”

Signed for £50m in January 2011, he never quite lived up to the same form he had at Liverpool.

“Chelsea Football Club thanks Fernando for his service during the past four seasons and wishes him the very best for his loan in Italy.”

Meanwhile, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani confirmed “it took eight hours to agree financial terms” with Torres’ agent.

Galliani: 'Eight hours for Torres deal'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani reveals it took Milan “eight hours to agree economic terms” with Fernando Torres.

The CEO spoke to Sky Sport Italia ahead of today’s Serie A opener with Lazio, which kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

Torres is in the stands at San Siro and Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel is en route to Italy for his medical in another loan deal.

“I think it was absolutely an important transfer campaign,” said Galliani.

“We brought in a great goalkeeper in Diego Lopez, two players from PSG plus Michael Agazzi and Albertazzi.

“I met with Torres’ agent yesterday and it took us eight hours to agree economic terms. For the last three days I’ve spent practically every minute on the phone!”

When asked what was expected of new Coach Pippo Inzaghi, Galliani was clear.

“Milan must try to get into the top three, not outside of that zone.”

OFFICIAL: Van Ginkel yes to Milan
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Channel confirm Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has accepted a loan move to Milan.

The Dutchman had been resistant, as he wanted to fight for a place at Stamford Bridge after last season was ruined by injury.

However, Van Ginkel has now agreed to the one-year loan with no option to buy.

He is expected to fly in tonight for his medical and to sign the contract.

It had earlier been reported Fernando Torres personally called Van Ginkel to urge him to make the move after completing his own Milan medical.

Torres arrived on a two-year loan, which will see him through to the end of his Chelsea contract in June 2016.

Man Utd £ 10 mil for AC Milan's De Jong?
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

British media claim Milan will sell Nigel de Jong to Manchester United tomorrow in a deal worth £10m.

According to the Sunday Star, the Dutch midfielder will return to Manchester – where he already played for their rivals City.

The transfer deadline is Monday night, but Milan would be prepared to release De Jong if they were able to secure a replacement.

That is already lined up, as they have been in negotiations with Napoli for Swiss international Blerim Dzemaili.

It is believed Dzemaili would cost in the region of €3m (£2.4m).

The Rossoneri could also make a big profit on De Jong, as his contract expires next summer.

They signed him from Manchester City on deadline day in August 2012 for £3.5m plus add-ons.

Pazzini out for AC Milan - Lazio
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Giampaolo Pazzini is out of Milan’s Serie A clash with Lazio after picking up an injury.

It kicks off at San Siro on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

Pazzini had been due to start in a 4-3-3 system, but is not even in the squad after picking up a muscular problem during training.

The club medics said the extent of the injury will be evaluated over the next few days.

Fernando Torres is not included, as he hasn’t completed his transfer from Chelsea yet.

Riccardo Montolivo is a long-term absentee, while Mattia De Sciglio and Philippe Mexes sit out bans.

Milan squad for Lazio: Abbiati, Agazzi, Lopez; Abate, Albertazzi, Alex, Armero, Bonera, Rami, Zaccardo, Zapata; Cristante, De Jong, Essien, Honda, Muntari, Poli, Saponara; El Shaarawy, Mastour, Menez, Niang.

Ancelotti on Roma, Juventus and AC Milan
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Source: Football Italia

Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti sees the Scudetto race between Roma and Juventus, while Pippo Inzaghi “lives for football.”

Having played with the Giallorossi in his career and managed the Turin giants, Ancelotti spoke to Tuttosport about the contenders for the Serie A title.

“All the big teams will suffer at the start, especially after a World Cup campaign,” warned the Champions League winner.

“Juventus are still in front of the others and are the favourites, especially as the squad seems to have been strengthened. Evra is a top level player and Morata will certainly do well in Italy.

“Roma are also strong, despite selling Benatia. Iturbe is talented, so is Manolas, the centre-back they signed to replace Benatia. Plus they brought in Ashley Cole, who remains a top level player.

“I think the surprise will be Fiorentina, as they maintained their basic structure and improved upon it, while they already had a good season despite all the injuries.

“I hope Milan can surprise too. They are working hard to get back in shape by investing in youth and mixing them with experienced players. Of course, that takes time.

“How is Inzaghi as a Coach? When one of your players starts his management career, it’s not a good sign for your age,” joked Ancelotti.

“He has knowledge and enthusiasm. He lacks experience, but everyone does at the start, even the best. I have always admired his passion. Pippo lives for football and that is an advantage for a Coach, because this job can crush you.”

Ancelotti tried to reassure Napoli fans after their Champions League play-off defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

“Anyone who thought Napoli were the favourites in that tie probably didn’t know Athletic very well. This is a strong side and it’s always difficult to play on their home turf.

“When Napoli failed to win the first leg at the San Paolo, I knew it’d be incredibly difficult for them in the decider.”

Juventus have changed management with Max Allegri taking over from Antonio Conte.

“Allegri has broad shoulders and will be able to handle the pressure. It won’t be easy in the Champions League, but I think the team and everything around them matured.

“Allegri should be ready for battle. It takes sacrifice, courage, great concentration and grit. Atletico Madrid never change their approach, whether it’s at home or away.”

Inzaghi: 'AC Milan surprise of the season'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Pippo Inzaghi wants Milan to be “the surprise of the Serie A season” and silence the sceptics, starting against Lazio tomorrow.

His top flight management career kicks off at San Siro on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

“I am very confident,” declared SuperPippo in his Press conference.

“This calm is down to the fact I have seen the team training well. What these players went through was tough, because they had no certainties left to rely on. We want to be the surprise of this Serie A season.

“I am very excited, but in our line of work emotions spur us on. Certainly as a Coach I get less sleep than when I was a player. That’s because it’s difficult to be credible and leave some players at home.

“At the same time, it’s a wonderful, gratifying job and I hope to rest so that I can give my best tomorrow.”

Mattia De Sciglio and Philippe Mexes are suspended in defence, while Riccardo Montolivo is injured and Fernando Torres unlikely to be thrown straight into the mix against Lazio.

“I don’t know if Honda will start or not tomorrow, but he has my utmost respect and that of his teammates. Pazzini is a leader of this project and knows how highly I think of him. He’s at the centre of my plans, whether he starts or comes off the bench.

“My objective is to get 100 per cent out of the players Milan give me to train. I set myself ambitious objectives in the table. We must be ambitious, but not presumptuous. I hope to be up to the task, even if there are better-constructed teams.

“Some have forgotten that we signed Alex and Menez, two players of a good level.”

Inzaghi added it is his aim to bring back the ‘Milan DNA’ to this squad.

“As a Coach my philosophy is that before building a tactical system, you need to understand the jersey on your back. The Milan shirt is something unique.

“When you leave Milan, the players always want to return. If someone beats us, it has to be because they were stronger, not because they wanted it more.”

Inzaghi 'asked Mourinho about Torres'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Coach Pippo Inzaghi reveals he asked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho about Fernando Torres’ “attitude.”

Torres flew in today for his medical and will complete the two-year loan deal from Chelsea.

“I spoke to Mourinho, as I wanted to ask him how Torres was,” explained Inzaghi in his Press conference.

“I wanted to ask what he was like and his general attitude, although from the outside he already seemed to be a good professional. Those sensations were confirmed.

“We thought Torres was a player who could give us a big hand. I sought information on his approach to training and his attitude.

“When they told me he is always the first to arrive at the training ground, I had no doubts in giving the all-clear.

“What a player is like as a man is fundamental and comes before everything.”

Inzaghi had said similar things as a reason for Mario Balotelli’s move to Liverpool, noting Milan would lose a great player “but gain in team spirit and hunger.”

The Coach also told Milan Channel today that the Torres seen at Chelsea since his £50m move from Liverpool in 2011 was only a phase.

“Along with the Milanisti, we’ll get him back to being the player we all knew. I have no specific system in mind. Torres can adapt to the 4-3-3 or we’ll find an alternative.”

Pioli: 'Lazio and AC Milan for Europe'
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Source: Football Italia

Stefano Pioli insists Lazio’s showdown with Milan is a head-to-head for Europe. “These are two quality teams.”

They open their Serie A account at San Siro on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

“I am very fired up and concentrated. I can’t wait to get started and that’s the attitude within my team too,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“I want to see my side proving its capabilities and taking control of the game. These are two quality sides and, like Milan, we were constructed to get back into Europe. Playing a top opponent in the first match can only help motivate us further.

“As a Coach, it is an advantage not being in Europe for one season, as you have more time to work on details. It’s an advantage we have to make the most of.

“On paper there are seven clubs challenging for the top spots. Juventus and Roma are a step above, but amid the others let’s not forget Udinese, Parma and Torino.”

Miroslav Klose “doesn’t have 90 minutes in his legs,” while Santiago Gentiletti looks set for a spot on the bench.

“We are going to Milan in order to take the initiative and conquer the victory, although it will take suffering and character.”

Bruno Pereirinha is suspended, while Federico Marchetti, Eddy Onazi, Abdoulay Konko and Ederson are injury doubts.

Torino hint dropped Cerci will stay
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Source: Football Italia

Alessio Cerci is not in the Torino squad to face Inter tomorrow, but President Urbano Cairo hints “there won’t be time” for a transfer.

The deadline is on Monday night and before then the Granata host Inter in their first Serie A game of the season.

Cerci was left out of the Europa League squad against RNK Split and is still nowhere to be seen in Giampiero Ventura’s list of 20 players against Inter.

Also absent are suspended Giuseppe Vives and injured Paulo Vitor Barreto, who is out for a week with a right thigh problem.

“Now we are down to the last days and I think there won’t be time to complete a move that suits everyone in such a small space of time,” President Cairo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The wide forward is valued at €20m and linked with Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Juventus and Inter.

He also blasted Milan, who for months have been tracking Cerci only to opt for Fernando Torres on loan.

“Milan disappeared after the first approach and I am starting to believe they were never really in the race for him.

“Cerci expressed the desire to take a great opportunity, but that has not come true. I will talk with him and we’ll reasonably discuss the future at Toro.”

Torino squad for Inter: Gillet, Padelli; Bovo, Darmian, Glik, Jansson, Maksimovic, Masiello, Molinaro, Moretti, Silva, Vesovic; Benassi, El Kaddouri, Gazzi, Nocerino, Sanchez Mino; Larrondo, Martinez, Quagliarella

Torres: 'Inzaghi knows strikers'
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Source: Football Italia

Fernando Torres revealed he was eager to join Milan and work with Coach Pippo Inzaghi, “who knows full well what centre-forwards feel.”

The striker arrived on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea and is undergoing a medical after touching down at Linate airport.

“They are the three days of the Condor and I always get my man,” smiled CEO Adriano Galliani to, referring to the final stages of the transfer window.

“We are very satisfied. Fernando had already been close to Milan in 2007, but he cost €37m. We got him here eventually, though.”

Torres also spoke to MilanNews on his way to the La Madonnina clinic for the medical.

“It is a big responsibility to be here, but also an honour. I hope to settle in straight away in Italian football, but above all can’t wait to train with someone like Inzaghi who knows full well what centre-forwards feel.

“I hope to learn a lot from him and become useful to the team.”

Torres had an overall disappointing time at Chelsea after his £50m transfer from Liverpool in January 2011.

“I am happy with this new chapter in my career. I am happy to have arrived in Italian football and happy with the welcome of the fans.

“Now I just want to repay this affection with goals. I hope to help the team return to the Champions League, which is where Milan belong.

“I spoke to Inzaghi and some teammates. I don’t want to look at the past now, but to the present and that is Milan.

“If I play well here, I can also return to the Spain team.”

Torres: 'AC Milan honour and privilege'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

“It is an honour and a privilege” to wear the Milan jersey, said Fernando Torres as he flew in to complete his transfer from Chelsea.

The Spanish striker will undergo a medical after the two clubs agreed a two-year loan deal.

“It is an honour and a privilege to wear this jersey,” Torres told Milan Channel when arriving at Linate airport.

“I want to bring this team back into the Champions League and hopefully stay here for many years.

“I know a few of the players, like Alex, Essien and Diego Lopez. Demetrio Albertini also spoke very highly of Milan and he’s a great friend.

“I had already been close to Milan when I was at Atletico Madrid, but that was years ago and a long time has passed since then.

“I know the history of Milan – who doesnt’? – and it is glorious. I want to make the fans happy and couldn’t wait to land so I could start the new season.

“I have already spoken to the Coach.”

Torres lands in AC Milan for medical
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Fernando Torres has arrived in Milan, but it’s reported Chelsea are actually paying £3.1m to make the move.

The striker agreed terms yesterday for a two-season loan with option to add a third year to his contract with the Rossoneri.

He flew in this afternoon for his medical and was greeted at Linate airport by around 200 fans along with CEO Adriano Galliani.

The terms of the deal have raised some significant questions and the Corriere della Sera newspaper has its theory on the situation.

According to the paper, Chelsea will pay €2m per season (£1.6m) of his wages over the two years with Milan providing the other €4m (£3.1m).

It is a free loan, so Milan will not be paying for the privilege of using the Spanish centre-forward.

Torres has a contract with Chelsea until June 2016, so when the loan spell ends he will be a free agent, meaning Milan don’t need an option to make the buy permanent.

Chelsea paid £50m to sign Torres from Liverpool in January 2011, but are effectively paying Milan €4m to take him off their hands.

It is reported the loan scenario is to make the ‘sale’ look less bad on their balance sheet.

AC Milan welcome Torres, Van Ginkel decides
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Fernando Torres is due in Milan for his medical and Chelsea’s Marco van Ginkel has until midday to decide if he’ll join him.

It’s believed the Spanish striker will earn €4m plus bonuses from Milan, plus another €2m per season from Chelsea, while the loan is set to be free.

There will also be an option for a third year at San Siro.

Meanwhile, at around the same time Milan are waiting for Van Ginkel to give his final response to the Rossoneri offer.

Chelsea are prepared to let him go on loan and will leave him off the Champions League squad, but the Dutchman is not convinced.

He has until midday Italian time to make up his mind, otherwise Milan will look elsewhere.

TIM Trophy: AC Milan 2:0 Sassuolo - goals/highlights
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TIM Trophy: AC Milan 2:0 Sassuolo - match report
24.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Jeremy Menez and Stephan El Shaarawy beat Sassuolo 2-0, as Milan also saw off Juventus to win the Trofeo TIM.

The Rossoneri had won their opener 1-0 over Juventus, while Sassuolo lost to the Bianconeri by that same scoreline, but still had a chance of winning the trophy on goal difference.

The referee pointed to the spot for a harsh penalty, as Jeremy Menez’s solo run was charged down by an Emanuele Terranova trailing arm as he was falling. Menez took the kick himself and buried it with a low finish into the near corner.

Domenico Berardi almost equalised immediately with a quickly-taken free kick that stung Christian Abbiati’s gloves and from that corner Sergio Floro Flores nodded wide. Berardi was again dangerous on the counter, but Colombian duo Cristian Zapata and Pablo Armero combined to crowd him out.

Stephan El Shaarawy doubled Milan’s lead by running on to an inspired Keisuke Honda through ball and kept his cool to slot the finish past Polito.

Menez wanted another goal and his angled drive flashed inches wide of the far post, while Pomini was at full stretch to deny El Shaarawy.

Giampaolo Pazzini trapped a Bryan Cristante assist only to fire off target under pressure. Milan’s 16-year-old talent Hachim Mastour, who was born here in Reggio Emilia, came on for the final minutes. He impressed, setting up a chance that Pazzini and Riccardo Saponara didn’t make the most of from six yards.

Milan win their first Trofeo TIM for six years.

Sassuolo 0-2 Milan

Scorers: Menez pen 8 (M), El Shaarawy 19 (M)

Sassuolo: Pomini; Gazzola, Terranova, Cannavaro (Acerbi 23), Longhi (Peluso 23); Chibsah (Biondini 34), Magnanelli (Kurtic 23), Brighi; Berardi (Missiroli 23), Floro Flores (Zaza 30), Floccari

Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio (Zaccardo 37), Rami, Zapata, Armero; Cristante, Essien (Poli 25), Saponara; Menez (Pazzini 25), Honda (Mastour 37), El Shaarawy

Inzaghi: 'AC Milan on right track'
23.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Pippo Inzaghi said Milan are “on the right track” and can win back their fans after beating Juventus in the Trofeo TIM.

The Rossoneri won 1-0 in the opening 45-minute match of this pre-season tournament, which also includes Sassuolo.

“I am very happy with the attitude of these lads. Clearly Juve are an incredible team, but we held out well, did good counters and threatened a second goal,” the Coach told Mediaset.

“We are really on the right track and I like the heart and hunger of these players, which is what we wanted to rebuild.

“I see improvements with each game and the team is growing constantly. On the one hand I am happy, on the other I know we need time.

“The Milan fans will return to the stadium. That was my objective and seeing them play like this, with this intensity and desire, I am sure their enthusiasm will come back.”

TIM Trophy: AC Milan 1:0 Juventus - goal/highlights
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TIM Trophy: AC Milan 1:0 Juventus - match report
23.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Keisuke Honda gave Milan a surprise 1-0 win over Juventus in the opening Trofeo TIM mini-match.

This is a traditional pre-season tournament with three 45-minute games. They get three points for a victory, two for a win on penalties and one for losing a shoot-out.

The first match was the biggest and also gave Allegri his first opportunity to face former club Milan, who were still smarting from Mario Balotelli’s sale to Liverpool.

Milan had a very aggressive start with Andrea Poli and Jeremy Menez efforts charged down in quick succession. Paul Pogba hit a weak effort straight at Diego Lopez and Patrice Evra crucially stopped Keisuke Honda tapping in on the counter.

Sulley Muntari wasted a golden opportunity when pouncing on a Leonardo Bonucci howler, as he ballooned the half-volley high and wide.

Diego Lopez did well to save from point-blank range until Sebastian Giovinco wandered offside in a chaotic move.

Milan eventually broke through when Mattia De Sciglio burst down the left and pulled back for Honda’s well-taken strike from 12 yards.

Honda also curled a free kick just over the bar, while at the other end Giovinco just failed to get a touch to Pogba’s assist from close range.

This victory gives Milan three points. It also means the next game in the Trofeo TIM this evening will be between Juventus and hosts Sassuolo.

Juventus 0-1 Milan

Scorers: Honda 30 (M)

Juventus: Storari; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Evra; Pirlo, Vidal, Pogba; Marchisio, Tevez, Giovinco

Milan: Diego Lopez; Abate, Alex, Bonera, De Sciglio; Poli, Muntari, Essien; Honda, Pazzini, Menez

Udinese: 'Muriel is not for sale'
23.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Udinese told Milan, Napoli and Fiorentina to forget Luis Muriel. “He’s not on the market, but maybe next year.”

The Colombian striker has been linked with a move away from the Stadio Friuli in recent days, as Milan seek a replacement for Mario Balotelli.

“We will not be selling Muriel, as he is not on the market,” Udinese director of sport Cristiano Giaretta told Radio Crc.

“It’s all rumours, because we will not sell our prize players in the last week of the transfer market.

“We are relying on Muriel, but he still needs to show his full potential. For now we don’t intend to sell, but he’ll be ready for a big club next year.”

AC Milan talk Destro and Falcao
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Milan had lunch with Roma for Mattia Destro, but it’s reported they also met with Monaco for Radamel Falcao.

Adriano Galliani was photographed today having lunch with Giallorossi director Walter Sabatini at the Forte dei Marmi resort.

He was discussing the possibility of signing Destro as a replacement for Liverpool-bound Mario Balotelli, but Sky Sport Italia suggest Roma were unimpressed with the proposal of a loan plus option to buy for a total €17m.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Galliani also had a secret dinner with Monaco representatives for Falcao last night.

The Colombian forward has shaken off his devastating knee injury, which ruled him out of the World Cup, but is unhappy at Monaco.

Juventus are also interested in signing Falcao on loan, as he is widely expected to join Real Madrid next summer.

Gattuso: 'AC Milan need a top player'
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Gennaro Gattuso trusts Pippo Inzaghi can be a success at Milan, but only if “they sign him a top player.”

The Rossoneri agreed terms with Liverpool to sell Mario Balotelli for £16m (€20m) and so far have not found a replacement.

“If I think of Milan, my heart swells,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It is in my blood and I still suffer for that club today.

“I know Pippo’s temperament and his strength, so he’ll play his part. If they sign him a top player, then it’ll be better...

“I won’t discuss Balotelli’s sale. He is a talent who can decide any game, but he needs to be supported. He’s a great striker, but has to understand there are no favourites. Players must be treated all the same.”

Gattuso is now the Coach of OFI Crete after brief spells at FC Sion and Palermo.

He was also asked about Antonio Conte’s appointment to the Italy bench.

“Conte is the right man. I have absolutely no doubts, he is a winner with clear ideas and knows what he wants. He’ll go straight along his path and will take us far.”

Van Ginkel agent denies AC Milan talks
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Marco van Ginkel’s agent blasted reports of the Chelsea man’s loan move to Milan as “without sense or foundation.”

The Dutch international had his first season at Stamford Bridge ruined by injury problems and it has been rumoured he’d be allowed out on loan, perhaps also with an option to buy.

“These rumours about a possible signing with Milan are without sense or foundation,” agent Karel Jansen told

“For now, there is absolutely nothing in it. Van Ginkel will stay at Chelsea. We have not had any direct contact with Milan.”

This morning the Italian papers suggest Chelsea had received the request to take Van Ginkel on loan and rejected it.

AC Milan pictured in Destro talks
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Milan CEO Adriano Galliani was pictured meeting Roma director Walter Sabatini this afternoon for Mattia Destro.

Sky Sport Italia got hold of a photograph at Forte dei Marmi, the beach resort where Galliani spends his summer and does much of his business.

Galliani was at a table with several people, including Roma director Sabatini, fuelling reports of talks for Destro.

The striker is seen as the ideal replacement for Mario Balotelli, who is on the verge of completing his £16m move to Liverpool (€20m).

It had also been reported that Roma rejected the initial offer of €5m for a one-season loan plus an option to buy for a further €16m.

Roma are known to want at least €25m for their centre-forward.

The other reports suggest Milan have put forward a new proposal for €15m, but it’s still a long way off the Giallorossi’s asking price.

Chelsea drop AC Milan target Torres
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Fernando Torres was dropped from Chelsea’s squad against Leicester, fuelling rumours of a move to Milan.

Jose Mourinho surprisingly didn’t even pick Torres for the bench this weekend after the Spaniard wasn’t called on to play against Burnley.

This has further fuelled existing reports in Italy that Milan have targeted Torres as their ideal replacement for Mario Balotelli, who is set to join Liverpool for £16m.

It is likely the Rossoneri will ask for the striker on loan with option to buy at the end of the season.

It has been claimed Milan will send over a delegation to discuss terms with Torres tomorrow or Monday, presenting their project under new Coach Pippo Inzaghi.

Chelsea paid £50m to take Torres from Liverpool, but he never fully delivered on that extraordinary price-tag.

AC Milan 'have eight days' for Cerci
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Torino President Urbano Cairo said Milan “still have eight days” to talk them into selling Alessio Cerci.

The support striker is hot property and wanted by the likes of Inter and Atletico Madrid too, but his future remains in the balance.

“Over the last few days we haven’t had any more contact with Milan,” Cairo told Tuttosport. “As you know, Adriano Galliani had other issues to deal with...

“Alessio played a great season, so it’s natural he has offers from not just Milan, but other clubs too.

“If there is a concrete and important proposal for him, of course we won’t hold him back, but it has to be an interesting solution for Torino too.

“We still have eight days. Cerci is a Torino player and we’d be happy if he stayed with us.”

Agent on Douglas Costa and Taarabt
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Agent Kia Joorabchian said Adel Taarabt and Douglas Costa are “possibilities” for Milan.

The representative spoke exclusively to Tuttomercatoweb about two of his clients who have been linked with the Rossoneri.

“Can Douglas Costa go from Shakhtar Donetsk to Milan? It’s a possibility, yes, I can confirm that. I talk to Milan every day about many different players...

“We have to start from one point, which is that Milan are Milan. They’re one of the clubs with the greatest appeal in the world.

“Clearly, on the other hand there is Shakhtar and the Rossoneri cannot decide for them.”

It has been reported Shakhtar want €25m for Brazilian Douglas Costa.

Another option is Taarabt, who spent six months on loan at Milan and has made it clear he doesn’t want to stay at QPR.

“How many have had such a strong impact in Italy as Taarabt? He scored, was man of the match, provided assists and amazed everyone,” continued Joorabchian.

“He was a great player for Milan, so yes, he too is a possibility. I don’t know whether or not Pippo Inzaghi likes him and is convinced by him.

“We haven’t talked about that, so I can’t say one way or the other.”

AC Milan turn to Lestienne
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It’s reported Milan are turning their focus towards Club Brugge wide man Maxime Lestienne.

Pippo Inzaghi has made no secret of his desire to sign a wide forward for his 4-3-3 system.

As negotiations for Torino star Alessio Cerci are continuing to drag on, the Rossoneri are looking elsewhere.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the new target is Belgian 22-year-old Lestienne.

His contract runs until June 2017, but Club Brugge would be prepared to release him on loan with an option to buy.

Lestienne is an Under-21 international who has not yet made the step up to the senior squad.

Tommasi gives Balotelli advice
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Players’ Association chief Damiano Tommasi gave Mario Balotelli and Milan advice on how to fight the media obsession.

The striker was back in the news today with rumours of an offer from Liverpool, something that Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani denied.

“Too many people take advantage and like talking about Balotelli the personality rather than Balotelli the person,” AIC President Tommasi told Sky Sport Italia.

“His teammates and staff can do a great deal, but he has to put the effort in and contribute too.”

Tommasi also commented on the choice of Antonio Conte as new Italy Coach.

“The CV and name count to a certain degree, but ultimately results are what really matter.”

Lopez wants Scudetto fight
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Diego Lopez is hopeful Milan can fight it out for the Scudetto alongside Serie A’s other top clubs this season.

The goalkeeper is a new arrival at San Siro, having joined the Rossoneri from European champions Real Madrid.

“I am very happy and I am adapting to the city, the country and the club,” Lopez said during an interview with Sky Sport.

“I hope that in a short time I can improve with matches and training.

“I want to give my maximum. We are working daily to grow as a group. I hope we can have a great season and fight for the League with the big clubs.”

AC Milan can win Scudetto
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Milan’s M’baye Niang has stated his belief that the Rossoneri can win the Serie A title this season.

The young attacking player spent last year on loan at French club Montpellier but is now hoping to cement his place in Pippo Inzaghi’s plans.

“The loan spell in France did me good, I grew both on and off the pitch,” Niang said during an interview with Milan Channel.

“I prefer playing with more intensity because that way we will succeed in imposing our style of play.

“I get on well with everyone, more with the French players because it’s easier with the language.

“I think we can win the League, we have the quality to do well.

“I want to become an important player for Milan. I hope I can play consistently and help the team.”

Lucescu admits Douglas Costa could leave
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Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu has admitted that Douglas Costa could leave the club this summer.

Rumours have linked the Brazilian playmaker with a switch to Milan, and the Romanian tactician has conceded that there is always a chance that his players will be sold.

“Everybody talks and everybody writes things,” he told TuttoMercatoWeb.

“But the truth is that there has been nothing so far. However, I am sure that things will come to the fore in the next few weeks.

“For me, all the players are transferable for the right price. Every year, some players go and some players arrive.

“It’s normal that players will want to leave at some point. Fernandinho and Willian went with no problem. No matter what happens we’ll still have quality here.”

Genoa up Zapata pursuit
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Genoa are stepping up their pursuit of Milan defender Cristian Zapata, but Pippo Inzaghi would rather sell Philippe Mexes.

The Colombia international has been linked with a switch to the Grifone this summer, with Coach Gian Piero Gasperini admitting that he was not finished in the market.

La Stampa report that the Marassi outfit are preparing to make an offer to the Rossoneri for the centre back.

However, the same paper admits that new man Inzaghi is reticent to sell the 27-year-old, as he sees him as an important squad member for the season to come.

If one defender were to go, the tactician would like it to be Mexes, who has been linked with Manchester United.

Ideally however, Inzaghi would prefer to keep both players, but would be powerless to stop any departures should good offers arrive.

Inzaghi saw AC Milan improvement
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Pippo Inzaghi admits Milan “conceded two avoidable goals” against Valencia, but still saw a huge improvement.

Their final major pre-season test was at the Mestalla this evening, where Diego Lopez made a shaky debut in goal and Keisuke Honda scored a fine free kick in their 2-1 defeat.

“It was a very good performance and I lost count of the number of corners we took,” said Inzaghi in his Press conference.

“We did good things. Unfortunately, every time our opponents get a shot on goal at the moment we tend to concede.

“At this moment, I have to focus on the overall performance of the side. We conceded two avoidable goals, but I think we are on the right track to be ready for Lazio on August 31.

“We held out well over 90 minutes and acted like an important team. There are 15 days left and we have to be prepared for Lazio.”

Honda scored a wonderful goal, but also completely mis-kicked two corners straight out of play.

“Honda is doing well in training, bringing quality and technique to the side. Today we had few alternatives, as Mario Balotelli and M’Baye Niang were at home, while Jeremy Menez wasn’t fit to start.

“We have to accept the fact we lost, but it looks like a different team compared to three weeks ago. We must remain calm and analyse what we did well, but also improve where we got it wrong.

“We are Milan, so we have to take the initiative at all times. I accept mistakes, as this was after all a friendly, and we have to make it clear some passes at certain moments are vital.

“Facing teams like Valencia is an important test. We will improve. It’s true we have to make more of our chances, but I don’t recall Diego Lopez having to make any particular saves.

“Menez can play any of the attacking roles, including a False 9. He’ll start against Juventus in the Trofeo TIM, then we’ll see whether he starts against Lazio.”

Abbiati up for Juventus, but...
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Christian Abbiati is reportedly interested in a return to Juventus, but the Bianconeri have specific terms and Milan are saying no.

Juve’s goalkeeping situation behind Gigi Buffon is expected to develop this summer, with Marco Storari seen as pushing for a move to Sassuolo, following Gianluca Pegolo’s long-term injury.

The Old Lady is apparently open to Storari’s move to the Neroverdi, if they can find a replacement at no extra cost.

Abbiati, who only renewed with Milan at the start of the summer, is seen as one possible target, and he is described today by the Gazzetta dello Sport as open to talks.

However, there apparently remain two barriers to any deal - the clubs. Juve are believed to be looking to reduce Abbiati’s wages to match that of Storari’s, as currently they are €500,000-a-season higher.

Milan, meanwhile, are seen through Vice-President Adriano Galliani as having dismissed the Bianconeri’s interest, opposing any transfer to Turin.

Poor Lopez AC Milan debut in Valencia
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Diego Lopez had a shaky debut in goal as Milan were beaten 2-1 by Valencia with costly defensive errors.

Ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez was given his debut at the Mestalla, but Mario Balotelli, Nigel de Jong and M’Baye Niang were sidelined. Adil Rami was left behind after receiving threats from fans of his former club.

Paco Alcacer broke the deadlock early on by pouncing on a disastrous Cristian Zapata backpass and immediately placing the lob over Diego Lopez from midfield.

Keisuke Honda has stuttered since arriving in January from CSKA Moscow, but scored a magnificent equaliser when his free kick curled over the wall and ricocheted in off the inside of the near post.

A Diego Lopez fumble almost gifted the hosts a second, but Zapata was there to clean up. More very poor defending allowed Valencia to restore their advantage, as Rodrigo skipped through two white shirts and his shot squirmed between the near post and a hesitant Diego Lopez.

Stephan El Shaarawy thought he’d scored with the last kick of the first half, but his effort was desperately charged down from six yards.

Andre Gomes fired straight at Diego Lopez and Feghouli was off balance to turn wide on the counter. Pablo Armero came on for his Rossoneri debut.

Jeremy Menez drilled wide from a very promising position, while substitute goalkeeper Rodriguez needed a stunning fingertip save to keep out a Michael Essien header from six yards.

De Paul curled just over the bar in the final stages for Valencia.

Valencia 2-1 Milan

Scorers: Alcacer 18 (V), Honda 28 (M), Rodrigo 38 (V)

Valencia: Diego Alves (Rodriguez 58); Vezo (Mustafi 58), Barragan, Otamendi, Gaya (Orban 58); Piatti (De Paul 53), Javi Fuego, Parejo (Ibanez 81), Andre Gomes (Guardado 81); Rodrigo (Gil 81), Paco Alcacer (Feghouli 53)

Milan: Diego Lopez; Abate (Mexes 81), Bonera, Zapata (Alex 60), Albertazzi (Armero 70); Poli (Mastalli 81), Cristante, Muntari (Essien 70); Honda, Pazzini (Menez 60), El Shaarawy

Atletico Madrid agree Cerci fee
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There are reports Atletico Madrid and Torino have agreed a €20m transfer fee for Alessio Cerci.

According to CNN pundit Tancredi Palmeri, the deal has been struck this evening and the €20m price-tag includes performance-related bonuses.

This would allow Atleti to beat other contenders Milan, Inter and AS Monaco to the Italy international.

The report follows on from Spanish newspaper AS this morning suggesting Atletico Madrid were stepping up the pressure for Cerci.

Atletico Madrid had one previous offer rejected, thought to be in the region of €14m, but Diego Simeone persisted in his interest for the player.

Now 27, Cerci scored a very impressive 13 Serie A goals in 37 appearances last season.

He has not yet played in Torino’s Europa League qualifiers, so will be available for Champions League selection.

Balotelli misses Valencia - AC Milan
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Diego Lopez and Pablo Armero are in the Milan squad against Valencia tomorrow, but Mario Balotelli has flu.

The Rossoneri will play a pre-season friendly at the Mestalla on Sunday, kicking off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

New signings Diego Lopez and Armero could well make their debuts and are making the trip to Spain.

The ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper has been assigned shirt number 23, while the former Udinese and Napoli full-back will wear 27.

Jeremy Menez has abandoned the 87 shirt to take 7 instead.

However, Balotelli and Mbaye Niang are left behind because they are suffering from flu symptoms and did not take part in today’s training session.

Midfielder Nigel de Jong also misses out, as he has a muscular problem.

Milan squad for Valencia: Abbiati, Agazzi, Diego Lopez; Abate, Albertazzi, Alex, Armero, Bonera, Mexes, Zaccardo, Zapata; Cristante, Essien, Honda, Muntari, Poli, Mastalli, Modic; El Shaarawy, Menez, Mastour, Pazzini, Pinato

Turin derby for AC Milan's Zapata
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Torino and Juventus continue to press Milan for Colombian international defender Cristian Zapata.

Although he was a regular for Colombia at the World Cup, Zapata will find playing time tough to come by at San Siro this season.

Juve have already shown an interest, as he was a first choice pick under ex-Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Torino are also keeping track of the situation and, according to Sky Sport Italia, stepping up their attempts to sign Zapata.

Lavezzi alerts Juventus and AC Milan
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Juventus and Milan are ready to pounce after Ezequiel Lavezzi’s PSG problems intensified this weekend.

Pocho looks to be on his way out of Paris, as contract renegotiations have broken down and he is dropping down the pecking order.

The Argentina international is on the bench for today’s Ligue 1 match against Bastia, fuelling rumours of an imminent exit.

Sky Sport Italia also claim there is a Juve scout in the stands for that game this afternoon.

Juventus and Milan are both keeping a close eye on the situation, as Lavezzi is proven in Serie A from his time at Napoli.

The problem is that he would cost around €20m and command wages of €4.5m per season.

It is therefore likely the two Italian sides will see if PSG are prepared to loan Lavezzi with an option to buy at the end of the season.

The 29-year-old forward’s contract runs until June 2016.

Santon: Happy in Premier League
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Davide Santon has reiterated his happiness to stay at Newcastle United, and suggests a return to Serie A isn’t among his priorities.

The likes of Fiorentina and Milan have been paired with the Italy-capped full-back this summer, but he has once more made clear his position.

“Personally, I don’t know anything,” Santon has told this week.

“My agent, in addition to this, hasn’t let me know anything about any rumour on the transfer market, so I don’t really know where this rumour comes from.

“I am very happy at Newcastle, I found my space and above everything else I have with me my whole family.

“I still have two years on my contract and for the moment I do not intend to move.

“Indeed, if I have a dream… if I ever was to come across any offers from other leagues, I would hope to stay in the Premier League.

“Again, I am very happy and I do not want to leave.”

Santon was asked though about a future move to Fiorentina.

“Fiorentina are a good team, with a great Coach who practices a beautiful football. In life, as I say, you never know what’s around the corner, but at the moment I am concentrating on Newcastle and the next season, which will begin soon.”

Lucescu: 'Costa, wait a year for AC Milan'
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Mircea Lucescu has advised Douglas Costa to ignore interest from the likes of Milan to stay with Shakhtar Donetsk for ‘at another year’.

Speculation this week is that the Rossoneri have determined the Brazilian winger as their primary target in the transfer market, ahead of Alessio Cerci and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

However, for the 23-year-old’s current Coach, the advise is not to consider leaving Ukraine just yet.

“Take another year of the Champions League with us and you will be perfect,” Lucescu has told both Costa and fellow Brazilian Alex Teixeira through an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I am only proud if one of my players was to go to a big club. But I want a deal to be done in the right way, where the team is concerned.

“For me, he is stronger than James Rodriguez.”

Galliani almost certain Balotelli will stay
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Adriano Galliani has reiterated that Mario Balotelli is almost certain to stay at Milan during this window.

The controversial striker has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Arsenal both thought to be keen.

However, the Rossoneri board member has insisted that the Italy international is set to remain at San Siro.

“There’s a 99.8 per cent chance Balotelli stays,” he briefly told Sport Mediaset.

Rami: I only wanted AC Milan
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Adil Rami has claimed that his heart was set on a permanent move to Milan this summer, after a successful loan spell.

The French defender joined the Rossoneri on an initial six-month loan back in January, and after impressing at San Siro, was signed by the club last month.

“I had problems with Valencia and I heard that Milan were looking for a defender,” he told Calcio 2000.

“I didn’t know about any other clubs that may have been interested. For me, I just wanted to sign for Milan – and that’s what happened.

“Mexes helped me in the early days, but I have to say that everyone has been really helpful.

“I found more than just a team here – it’s a family.”

AC Milan prioritise Douglas Costa
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Pippo Inzaghi, Adriano Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi are reportedly decided on Milan’s next transfer objectives, including Douglas Costa.

The trio met at the President’s base in Arcore, on the outskirts of Milan, on Wednesday evening, where it was believed they discussed the progress of the team so far and prospective continued work in the transfer market.

Primary discussion is believed to have centred on continued interest in an attacking winger, with Alessio Cerci, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Douglas Costa all brought up.

The Gazzetta dello Sport understand that Shakhtar Donetsk’s Costa has now been identified as the option to target first and foremost, with his availability at a lower cost that Cerci and Lavezzi mentioned as one motivation.

Even so, Shakhtar are reportedly requesting bids at the player’s buyout clause of €50m, whilst the Rossoneri still apparently see any move costing upwards of €25m, spread across multiple payments, and a further €4m to the player’s advisor, Kia Joorabchian.

Meanwhile, Tuttosport lead with suggestions that it was also agreed in the meeting between Galliani, Inzaghi and Berlusconi that the squad can do with strengthening in midfield with another ‘quality purchase’.

Lyon’s Clement Grenier is put forward by the publication as the player that fits the club’s intentions for the centre of the park.

Armero 'rejected England' for AC Milan
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Pablo Armero’s agent confirms he turned down several English clubs because “he chose Milan and is happy.”

The Colombian international left Udinese on a season-long loan, apparently without an option to buy, though the details will be made clear after his medical on Monday.

“We are all very happy,” agent Luciano Ramalho told Tuttomercatoweb.

“Pablo is really enthusiastic about this great chance. We finalised everything yesterday. Adriano Galliani is a pragmatic man and doesn’t like to waste time, so we quickly reached an agreement that suited everyone. Now Pablo is happy.”

Having spent time at Napoli and West Ham United, Armero had his sights set firmly on San Siro.

“We can only thank Napoli for a good experience, but Pablo has a new experience to live now. There were offers from English clubs, but we chose Milan.

“We expect a new path at a big club, so must now focus on working hard and hoping to continue the fine performances seen at the World Cup.”

Inzaghi: 'Diego Lopez an AC Milan gift'
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Pippo Inzaghi said Diego Lopez “will improve our squad” and hinted at Adel Taarabt’s return to Milan.

The Coach, who today celebrates his 41st birthday, spoke to after it was announced the Real Madrid goalkeeper will undergo a medical on Tuesday.

“I am very happy, as Milan are doing things in the best way and I hope we can do well together with the team,” said Inzaghi.

“Diego Lopez is very important, an experienced goalkeeper who will improve our squad.”

The shot-stopper arrives on a free transfer from Real Madrid, owing the club only performance-related bonuses at the end of the season.

It’s reported he’ll sign a three-year contract worth €2.5m per year plus add-ons, a big drop from his original €4m demands.

“Have our prospects changed? We can only know that on the field, but we must continue working to be ready for August 31.”

Inzaghi was also asked about reports Milan are in negotiations with QPR to buy Taarabt for €5m after his six-month loan spell at San Siro.

“Will Taarabt be the gift for Ferragosto? We’ll see...”

Ferragosto is an Italian public holiday on August 15.

OFFICIAL: Diego Lopez agrees Milan terms
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Diego Lopez is ready to sign for Milan after the Real Madrid goalkeeper’s agent agreed personal terms.

Real Madrid had already agreed to hand him to the Rossoneri free of charge, save for performance-related bonuses at the end of the season.

According to Sky Sport Italia, talks carried on overnight and details were whittled down this morning in a face-to-face meeting with representative Manuel Garcia Quillon.

There had been concerns yesterday that Diego Lopez’s wage demands could scupper the move, but the situation has been sorted out, as confirmed by Milan Channel - the club's official television station.

It's believed the wage demands dropped from €4m per season to €2.5m with add-ons.

"It is 99 per cent done," confirmed CEO Adriano Galliani.

The goalkeeper is due to sign a four-year contract after undergoing his medical on Monday, the same day Pablo Armero joins on loan from Udinese.

Diego Lopez - AC Milan updates
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There are conflicting reports on Diego Lopez, as some claim his wage demands are too high for Milan, others see a Saturday transfer.

Real Madrid have agreed to hand the goalkeeper to Milan for free, receiving only performance-related bonuses at the end of the season.

While La Gazzetta dello Sport insisted his wage demands were putting the block on any further negotiations, Sky Sport Italia see a clear path to the move.

It is suggested Diego Lopez’s agent will fly in tomorrow morning for final negotiations with Adriano Galliani over personal terms.

He’d then put pen to paper on a three-year contract, as his current deal with Real Madrid expires in June 2015.

Meanwhile, Milan expect Pablo Armero to arrive on loan from Udinese, but Sky Sport Italia again claim there has been a change of plan.

When he arrives for his medical on Monday, the deal will be a one-season loan without option to buy the Colombian international.

OFFICIAL: Constant to Trabzonspor
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Kevin Constant has officially signed for Trabzonspor, meaning Milan can bring in Pablo Armero from Udinese.

Constant put pen to paper on a four-year contract with the Turkish club, as confirmed by Trabzonspor’s official website.

Milan had been waiting for this sale to be completed before they took Armero on to their books.

Colombian international Armero arrives on loan for €500,000 and with an option to buy at the end of the season.

It’s reported he will undergo his medical on Monday, having already agreed personal terms.

AC Milan get Armero, bid for Taarabt
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While Milan agree personal terms with Pablo Armero, it’s reported they’ve offered €5m to QPR for Adel Taarabt.

This afternoon Milan Channel confirmed that Colombian international Armero will join from Udinese on loan with option to buy after agreeing personal terms.

Meanwhile, Sky Sport Italia claim the Rossoneri are also stepping up attempts to bring back Taarabt from QPR.

The Moroccan forward spent six months at San Siro on loan, but Milan refused to pay the agreed buy-out clause.

CEO Adriano Galliani played the waiting game and it’s rumoured QPR have now decided to lower their demands.

It remains to be seen whether a €5m offer (circa £4m) will be enough for a permanent sale.

Lopez demands too high?
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It is reported that Milan may lose out in the race to sign Diego Lopez due to the Spanish goalkeeper’s wage demands.

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Rossoneri are willing to offer the 32-year-old wages of €2.5m a season to make the move to San Siro from Real Madrid.

However, it is said that Lopez is holding out for annual wages of €4m and, considering big spending Monaco are also interested in his services, the Diavolo may miss out.

Talks are reportedly scheduled for tomorrow between Milan CEO Adriano Galliani and the player’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon.

Should negotiations prove unsuccessful, the Rossoneri would turn their attention to signing one of Victor Valdes, Sampdoria’s Romero or Genoa’s Mattia Perin as their new number one.

Armero heading to AC Milan
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It is reported that Pablo Armero is all but set to become a Milan player and will join on loan from Udinese.

The Rossoneri have been linked with a move for the Colombian throughout the week and now appear to have got their man.

According to transfer market specialist Gianluca Di Marzio, successful talks have taken place this afternoon between the player’s agent Luciano Ramlho and San Siro CEO Adriano Galliani.

It is said that terms have been agreed, with Milan set to pay Udinese €500k for the initial loan and have the option to sign him permanently next summer.

All that now remains to be done is for Armero himself to give his approval, after which he will become a Rossoneri player.

Inzaghi praises AC Milan commitment
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Milan Coach Pippo Inzaghi is delighted with the commitment his players are showing him, adding you can see it in their eyes.

The Rossoneri endured a difficult start to pre-season under their new boss but registered a victory in their most recent friendly, beating Chivas 3-0.

“We are quite happy, in the first matches you can’t look at the results,” Inzaghi told a Press conference. “With the passing of days we have trained better and I am happy now.

“We have seen some growth and I am pleased because a lot of the boys are already running a lot. It’s important too that we don’t have many injuries.

“I have seen great commitment from everyone, the boys are behind me and you can see it in their eyes.”

With further pre-season outings to come, Inzaghi added that the Rossoneri now have the ideal opportunity to ensure they are ready for their Serie A opener against Lazio.

“We need to get to the first day of the season at 100 per cent. We need to understand that the team has to improve.

“But with this spirit and matches against Valencia and the TIM Trophy, we will have the chance to go into the Lazio game in the best shape.”

Cairo: 'Cerci to AC Milan? Not likely'
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Urbano Cairo indicates Milan are not likely to get Alessio Cerci, as he explains Torino’s stance against Carlo Tavecchio and Demetrio Albertini.

The Granata’s President commented before his side’s Europa League Third qualifying round second leg win over Brommapojkarna that Cerci’s future at the club depends on the player and it is a message that he has since reiterated.

“I have said many times, Cerci is our player and is an important player for us, for the moment that is the state of things,” Cairo has told this week.

“Since there has been much talk of offers and requests for Cerci, I have also said that he could perhaps be tempted to take up an ambitious challenge with an important team, but that if he wanted to stay with us, as I hope so and am even ready to prolong his contract, then he must be clearly motivated as much as we are to hold and keep him with us.”

Milan are consistently linked with interest in the Italy international.

“Last week we did not meet, it has been two weeks since I have met Galliani which is why I would say the danger from Galliani is not so strong.

“We have some foreign sides that are interested in Cerci, but let’s see. If there is an extraordinary offer and, most importantly, Cerci does not ask me to leave, then the conversation is already closed.

“If there was a great deal and he wanted to go then the situation would be different, but if he does not ask me anything then I am happy.”

Torino are one of nine clubs to release a joint statement against both FIGC presidential candidates, Carlo Tavecchio and Demetrio Albertini.

“We have asked them to withdraw, alongside eight other clubs, so there is a total of nine of us, but I know for a fact that there are three other clubs that did not sign the letter but are thinking of voting for neither Tavecchio nor Albertini, so consequently the majority of Serie A’s clubs are no longer in favour of Tavecchio or even Albertini.

“The reason is very simple - we believe that at a time like this it is essential to make deep reforms, urgently needed to change and revive Italian football, and there must be a President who has wider support than Albertini and Tavecchio do, as the days go by their support grows more and more thin.”

Sassuolo to hold Agazzi talks
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It is reported that the CEOs of Sassuolo and Milan will meet tomorrow to discuss the future of goalkeeper Michael Agazzi.

The Rossoneri are known to be in the hunt for a shot stopper and have been heavily linked with Real Madrid’s Diego Lopez this week.

Should they be successful in securing a deal to take the Spaniard to San Siro, it is said Agazzi, who spent last season on loan at Chievo, would become surplus to requirements.

Now, transfer market specialist Gianluca Di Marzio says a destination for the player could be the Neroverdi, who successfully retained their Serie A status last season.

According to the report, Giovanni Carnevali and Adriano Galliani will meet during the day on Friday to negotiate a deal that could see Agazzi move to Emilia-Romagna.

De Jong among Man United targets?
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Nigel De Jong is reportedly another midfield option being looked at by new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

The Red Devils have been heavily linked with Juventus’ Arturo Vidal throughout the close season, but a deal is still yet to be done amid reported concerns over the Chilean’s recent knee ligament problems.

According to English media sources, one target the Old Trafford club could turn to should they not sign Vidal is Milan’s De Jong.

De Jong was part of van Gaal’s Netherlands squad at the recent World Cup in Brazil and would be available for a much lower price than the likes of Vidal or Roma’s Kevin Strootman.

OFFICIAL: Robinho to Santos
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Santos have confirmed that former player Robinho has returned to the club, joining from Milan.

The Brazilian outfit have been heavily linked with the Rossoneri forward of late and this afternoon announced they had got their man.

The 30-year-old, who began his career at Santos before moving to Real Madrid in 2008, will return to his homeland on a one-year loan deal and will wear the number seven shirt.

“Santos is my home,” Robinho commented. “It’s a place I feel very good at. I hope to repay all the affection of the fans out on the pitch.”

Robinho agent: Santos all done
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Robinho’s agent has commented that ‘everything is done’ with regards to the Milan man’s move to Santos.

The 30-year-old looks set to end another summer of speculation over his future by securing a loan switch out to his former club until June 2015.

On from Santos confirming the move was close and the player’s representative suggesting earlier this week that only details needed to be finalised, the player has been reported as undergoing medical tests this morning by Globoesporte.

Following this, Robinho’s agent has once more updated reporters on progress.

“It’s all done,” Marisa Ramos has told UOL Esporte. “We must only put on paper the deal we have agreed with Santos.

“We are working on this, but it’s done. And everything is ready, we are just lacking Robinho’s signature.”

Santos President Odilio Rodrigues has called a Press conference for 4pm UK time, where he is anticipated as likely to announce Robinho’s signing.

AC Milan to meet Lopez agent
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The Corriere della Sera also suggest Milan are closing on a move for Diego Lopez, with his agent set for talks today and tomorrow.

The Gazzetta dello Sport have followed up recent speculation surrounding the goalkeeper with the suggestion today that a transfer ‘costing virtually nothing’ has been agreed with Real Madrid.

Backing up the pink daily on this is the Corriere della Sera, who suggest that the player’s representative is now due to meet with Adriano Galliani at Forte dei Marmi over the course of today and tomorrow.

The goalkeeper is widely believed to be asking for a three-year contract, but initial indications are of a significant gap in wage levels being discussed.

Where the Rossoneri are understood to be prepared to offer €2.5m-a-season, the 32-year-old is apparently looking for an annual salary of €4m.

Menez: This could be my year
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Jeremy Menez has rubbished his bad boy image, eulogised Pippo Inzaghi and stated that: “This could be my year.”

The Frenchman has endured a difficult pre-season so far with new club Milan, but on from making a first appearance of their US and Canadian tour against Chivas, has revealed a positive outlook.

“It was tough to be on the outside, but now I feel better. I am ready to give everything that I have,” Menez has told today’s edition of the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Inzaghi is developing a good playing philosophy, and working in this way I am sure we will do something good. I’m not worried, at the end of the month we will be ready.

“My preferred role? At PSG I played on the left or in the middle, and that’s where I find I am best.

“But if I should be put on the right for the good of the team, then no problem. It’s my best quality - I can play in any position in attack, and I still have so much to do and see.”

Menez met to discuss his move to San Siro with Inzaghi and Adriano Galliani in Ibiza.

“Inzaghi had a discussion with me that convinced me straight away. He is why I chose Milan. I feel a great understanding with the Coach, I cannot fail because he is providing so much for me and I would give anything for him.

“I already knew him as a player, of course. He had so much charisma and was very determined, just like now.

“He told me he had spoken of me on the phone with Carlo Ancelotti, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, asking what I was like on the field and as a person. I know they have said nice things about me, I have to thank them.”

The 27-year-old is preparing for a second stint in Serie A, following a mixed first go in the League with Roma, which saw inconsistent form matched with off-field clashes.

“Am I a bad boy? The fact that I am a bad boy, excuse the term, is rubbish. People have a false picture of me and I want to prove that I am a quiet person on and off the field.

“I’m not saying that I have always been a saint, but I am now grown up, I feel different. In Rome I was young, I went wrong two or three times and I realised I made mistakes.

“As for those who judge me badly as a footballer, I say that in the first two season at PSG I managed almost 20 goals and 30 assists.

“This could be my year. My objectives are to take us back to the Champions League and to win something in this shirt, and to return to the national team. Preferably starting with the next game.

“The competition for places does not bother me, I am training and the best will play.”

Inzaghi: AC Milan showing spirit
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Pippo Inzaghi was encouraged by Milan’s ‘spirit’ shown in achieving a win against Mexican side Chivas on Wednesday night.

The Rossoneri saw goals from M’Baye Niang, Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini decide the closing match of their tour of the United States and Canada 3-0, even on a difficult playing surface.

“I think that we played a good game against Liverpool and today on a difficult pitch my team has done very well,” Inzaghi reflected after the match.

“We were good, the combinations that we have seen in training we saw here, there was a beautiful spirit.

“I see the right spirit, I see great desire to do well, I was convinced that we would be improved and we have to continue like this.

“When you go on to the field everyone thinks to dominate the opponent, whilst I think that in the end, despite the field, it was a good game for us and for our opponents for losing no-one to injury, which was important.

“In attack we have done very well, on the part of Balotelli, Pazzini and Niang, but also with regards to Honda, who always puts in great spirit.

“Menez has also entered with the right spirit and the right legs, we are finding everyone in a good condition.

“It was nice to see how the attackers fought and helped the team.”

AC Milan conquer pitch and Chivas
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Milan have closed their tour of the United States and Canada with a 3-0 victory over Mexican side Chivas.

On from disappointing defeats in the International Champions Cup to Olympiacos, Manchester City and Liverpool, the Rossoneri closed out this leg of their pre-season preparations with a positive result achieved overnight in Houston, Texas.

Whilst the game was decided by goals from M’Baye Niang, Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini, attention focused on the quality of the playing turf, which was laid just two days before the match.

“Actually, up to the last minute, it was debatable whether it would be played,” Chivas Coach Carlos Bustos conceded post-match.

“The category of players on both sides obligates us to take that type of precaution to require a more acceptable pitch.”

Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and SMG-NRG Park released a statement on the matter too: “The turf for tonight's match was purchased from Thomas Turfgrass in central Texas.

“Thick-cut sod was ordered and installed as scheduled in a manner consistent with how previous temporary fields have been installed at NRG Stadium since 2003.

“There were complications with turf installation and the appearance is not consistent with our standard at NRG Stadium. The sod arrived uneven and the stadium field crew worked to level the surface and fill seams over a 60-hour period leading up to tonight's match. The referees ruled the playing surface to be safe for play.”

Chivas 0-3 Milan

Niang 20 (M), Balotelli 37 (M), Pazzini 72 (M)

Chivas: A. Rodriguez; Pereira, Salcido, Araujo; Sanchez, Arce, Castro, G. Rodriguez; Bravo, De Nigris, Fierro

Milan: Abbiati (Agazzi 63); Abate, Alex (Zapata 63), Mexes (Bonera 74), Albertazzi; Poli (Saponara 63), Cristante, Muntari (Essien 63); Honda (Mastour 74), Balotelli (Pazzini 48), Niang (Menez 74)

AC Milan on Armero and Diego Lopez
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Milan Channel gave updates on Kevin Constant’s Trabzonspor medical, Pablo Armero and Diego Lopez.

The official television station of the club placed a graphic on the screen this afternoon giving updates on three transfer deals.

It confirmed Constant will undergo his medical in Turkey on Friday for the permanent move to Trabzonspor.

Meanwhile, Udinese and Colombia wing-back Armero will arrive after Constant has signed his contract and is “99.9 per cent” likely to have his Milan medical next week.

Milan Channel also made it clear the “negotiations are on-going” for Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez and would be permanent rather than a loan deal.

It is rumoured to be a three-year contract worth €2.5m per season plus add-ons.

Lopez prefers permanent switch
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It is reported that both Real Madrid and Diego Lopez would prefer for the player to make a permanent move away.

The Bernabeu goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move to Milan this week, though it was said that the Rossoneri were exploring the possibility of taking him on a season-long loan.

However, the circumstances appear to have changed, with Los Blancos having just signed Keylor Navas and keen to cash in on a player who still has three years remaining on his contract.

According to reports in the Italian Press, Milan remain interested but a potential obstacle would be the Spanish shot-stopper’s wage demands.

He would reportedly command a three-year contract on annual wages of €2.5m in addition to bonuses.

Negotiations are said to still be ongoing between the Rossoneri and the player’s entourage, with Coach Pippo Inzaghi reported to be meeting Lopez in person later this week.

De Sciglio: AC Milan can have great season
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Milan’s Mattia De Sciglio is convinced his side can enjoy an excellent year despite their worrying pre-season form to date.

The Rossoneri were convincingly beaten by all three of Olympiakos, Manchester City and Liverpool during their tour of the United States, conceding 10 goals in the process.

However, during an interview with Milan Channel, the defender insisted there is great desire in the squad to make up for a poor showing last season, when the Diavolo finished eighth in Serie A.

“We all have a great desire for revenge, this year we only have the League so we will have the whole week to train well and be ready on Sundays,” De Sciglio said.

“The US tour? We didn’t get good results, but against Liverpool we were more solid and compact as a team compared to the other matches.

“We want to go out onto the pitch and play our game, as the boss wants. I think we will have a great season.”

The Italy international then added that he expects to return to fitness in around two weeks, having been injured during a collision with teammate Gabriel during the match with Liverpool.

“The collision with Gabriel? These things happen, he had to go for the ball. It was a tough challenge but I repeat these things happen.

“It’s nothing serious, it will need around two weeks to recover. Every day that passes things are going better.”

Santos: Robinho deal soon
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Santos are hoping that a deal to see Robinho re-join the club will be completed soon, the President has admitted.

The Milan attacker has been heavily linked with a switch away from San Siro this summer, with Orlando City and Besiktas thought to be keen.

However, the Brazilian side’s chief has insisted that negotiations are going well and a move could be official soon.

“Although several Italian outlets have taken for granted the return of Robinho, I can inform you that negotiations are progressing well,” Odilio Rodrigues told Santos TV.

“We are doing everything possible to sign the player – he has also lowered his initial demands.

“We have great hope that the deal will be closed soon. We hope to give the fans this gift as soon as possible.”

Udinese: 'No AC Milan - Armero deal'
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Udinese deny reports Milan have agreed a deal for Pablo Armero, although “there is interest.”

Sky Sport Italia continue to maintain Colombian wide man Armero will make the move once Kevin Constant signs the contract with Trabzonspor.

It is due to be a one-season loan with option to buy at the end of the season.

“At the moment there are no proper negotiations,” insisted Udinese director of sport Cristiano Giaretta on Tuttomercatoweb.

“There is interest from Milan, as from other clubs. The player, who had a good World Cup, is appreciated by many sides, especially outside Italy.”

Armero had been co-owned by Napoli and spent the last six months on loan at West Ham United.

Reina headed to Bayern Munich
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Napoli and Milan look to miss out on Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is heading to Bayern Munich.

The Spanish shot-stopper spent last season on loan at Napoli, but failed to agree terms for a permanent move.

Over the last couple of days there were reports he was in negotiations to terminate his contract with Liverpool by mutual consent.

However, this evening it is widely believed Reina will complete a transfer to Bayern Munich for €2.5m.

It would allow him to reunite with his former Barcelona teammate Pep Guardiola.

Robinho 'details' for Santos deal
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Robinho’s agent upgraded her comments on Santos, saying the Milan striker is “down to details.”

Marisa Ramos told Italian site today that Santos were “certainly a possibility.

“We are waiting, as nothing has been decided or completed. We are evaluating every hypothesis.”

This evening Ramos spoke to Brazilian site Lancenet and had a different version of the situation.

“There has been important progress and now we are down to details. There is a great chance Robinho could return to Santos.

“We are analysing everything calmly, considering the financial and sporting aspects, plus obviously the love Robinho has for Santos.

“I have always made it clear we were analysing every possibility without ruling anything out.”

It is believed to be a one-year loan deal for the 30-year-old, who had also been in talks with Orlando City, Flamengo, Olympiacos and clubs in Dubai.

Trabzonspor confirm Constant signing
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Trabzonspor have confirmed they have signed left-sided player Kevin Constant from Milan.

The Guinean international has been at San Siro for two years, having joined the Rossoneri from Genoa in 2012.

However, he will now depart Serie A in order to join the Turkish club, who are reportedly paying around €2.5m for his services.

The completion of the deal should pave the way for Milan to wrap up their own signing, that of Colombian Pablo Armero on an initial season-long loan from Udinese.

Prati faith in Inzaghi
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Former Milan forward Pierino Prati sees no reason to doubt Pippo Inzaghi as Rossoneri Coach anytime soon.

Inzaghi took over the San Siro hotseat from Clarence Seedorf this summer but has presided over a poor pre-season thus far, which has seen the team beaten convincingly by Olympiakos, Manchester City and Liverpool.

However, speaking to, the 67-year-old insisted there is no need to panic just yet and that Milan will only show their true colours once the transfer window is over.

“I think the real Milan will only be seen once the transfer window has closed,” Prati said.

“At this moment the condition of the players is inferior compared to the teams they have played.

“If you are not equal to it, you risk having these cruel scorelines.

“I don’t see why we shouldn’t believe in Inzaghi given that the season still hasn’t started yet. He has lost against very strong teams and with a team that is still incomplete.

“In order to see whether the Coach will do well we must first see whether the players respond to his methods.

“It’s a revolution and I just hope the team can be renovated. There needs to be a big renovation, that is crucial to revive the Rossoneri.”

Perin to AC Milan?
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It is reported that Genoa’s Mattia Perin is being lined up to be Milan’s new first choice goalkeeper.

The 21-year-old shot-stopper performed well for his current club last season, earning him a place in the Italy squad for this summer’s World Cup.

Now, Sport Mediaset claim that Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani has reached an agreement with Rossoblu President Enrico Preziosi to sign the player for a fee of around €10m.

Milan, who have been known to be in the market for new goalkeeper for some time, have also been linked with Liverpool’s Pepe Reina of late.

Pazzini: Inzaghi speaks to me a lot
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Giampaolo Pazzini reiterates that he can play alongside Mario Balotelli, as he admits to receiving special attention from Pippo Inzaghi.

Heading into the new season under their new Coach, the Rossoneri are widely speculated as set to alternate in attack between Pazzini and Balotelli for a single striker position.

However, for the former, the possibility of the two playing together should not be ruled out.

“I would like to put an end to this discussion, which has been held for a long time,” Pazzini has considered to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Yes, Mario and I can work together fine. He likes to move around the area, I like to stay inside to finish. So we are complementary.”

That movement around the box has been a source of criticism for Balotelli.

“You can try to consign strikers to a rigid system, but it is difficult to change the characteristics of a player who has liked playing in a particular way for some time.

“Anyway, I see him as calm, he is training well and has great ideas in mind.”

Pazzini is back in the fold after a difficult 2013-14, which saw him return from injury midway through only to then drop to the bench under Clarence Seedorf.

“It’s a shame because after my injury I had returned well, I was training well and had also scored a couple of goals. It happened to me several times that I would go to sleep one evening as a starter and wake up on the day of the game on the bench.

“Have I considered leaving then? It is an idea that I have never considered. At Milan I am very happy, I’ve always felt the confidence of the club and the fans.”

Pazzini was asked of Inzaghi’s impact since returning to the senior squad as Coach.

“He is transmitting to us the spirit of Milan, he is letting us understand what this shirt is. He is looking to transmit that maniacal nature that he puts into his work every day.

“On a practical level he wants to play, and that these are new concepts - we need to put in the mentality and desire, and I can assure everyone that we are working with a great spirit of sacrifice.

“Does he give me special attention? Indeed, a little more than compared to the others he speaks to me. It happens with some frequency.

“He always gives me a lot of advice on correct movements and situations on the field.

“Maybe I happen to say: ‘Mister, I could not get to the ball’. And he tells me what he did in a similar situation when he was playing.

“I do not feel privileged, it is simply that I play in what was his position.

“Rules he has brought in for the group? The rules are the abc of the group. In fact, they were there already, but maybe they were not being followed…”

Milan start the season without captain Riccardo Montolivo, as he continues recovery from a broken leg suffered in May.

“It’s a shame because Riccardo is very important to us. You can feel his absence in the dressing room and also in the field because he is unique in his features.

“The group of Italians at the club? Milan has always had a core of Italians. We try to pull along the others, to have everyone train well.”

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