Adebayor close to AC Milan
AC Milan vice-president has confirmed that the Rossoneri are again in the race to sign Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togo international has been linked with Milan several times during the off-season and after the sale of Kaka to Real Madrid, the club have been pursuing to sign Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko to the San Siro.
“Adebayor is the alternative to Dzeko, but I’ve called Arsenal to inform them of our interest,” affirmed Galliani.
“I’ve spoken to Arsene Wenger and Adebayor was part of the conversation.”
After fair angry reactions from the tifosi to the sale of Kaka to Real Madrid, AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has reassured the fans repeatedly that no other big name players are leaving the club. However, Berlusconi’s words regarding Pirlo’s future did not help Gulliani’s efforts, and rumours still persist that the midfield star will re-join Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge.
“Last year we earned more money than the year before despite not taking part in the Champions League,” he said to Repubblica.it.
“Our sponsors know there is a difference between us and other Italian clubs. From 2000 until today, aside from brief periods, we have always been competitive, and we are the only ones who have won outside Italy.
“It will be the same next season, we will be competitive on all fronts.”
The fans held hopes regarding next season, after the Rossoneri finished third, but the sale of Kaka has lowered the expectation in the team.
AC Milan are determined to sign Corinthians defender Andre Santos.
Roberto Queiroz de Andrade, one of Santos’ agents, confirmed to calciomercato.com: “Yes, yes, AC Milan want the player, now it is up to Corinthians to decide.
“The cost? The club is starting from a base of £22-27 million, but I think you can safely to a deal for close to £17 million, including commissions.
“If Milan is really concerned they must move, because there are other clubs that are moving, from England, Russia, Spain and Turkey.”
Pato is happy in AC Milan
After a summer with rather frustrating news at San Siro, the tifosi will have to get happy with news saying that at least some of our stars will stay in the club. AC Milan have announced they have rejected a “monster offer” from an unnamed Premier League club for the Brazilian.
The 19-year-old had been linked with a big-money move to Chelsea, but Milan vice president Adriano Galliani insists the Brazilian is going nowhere.
He told the club’s official website: “The only offer that arrived was a monster offer from England, but there were and are no doubts regarding his future.
“Anyway, no-one should worry because he is under contract to June 2012.”
From his part, the player keeps saying the media that he is happy to stay in San Siro.
Galliani continued: “I am absolutely delighted by Pato’s comments. I continue to believe that there isn’t another player in the world that is as strong as him of his age.
“He will get a contract extension.”
Despite Berlusconi’s words saying that Pirlo could be transferred over the summer, the Italian’s agent Tulio Tinti insists his client will stay with the Rossoneri. In the meanwhile, the midfielder continues to be linked with Chelsea, especially after Berlusconi hinted the player could re-join former coach Carlo Ancelotti.
“Pirlo is a player of Milan, he has a contract and we respect contracts,” he stated to Sky Sport 24.
“We’re not concerned by the words from Berlusconi.”
The agent then turned his attention to Marco Borriello, who has been rumoured to be included in a swap deal with Wolfsburg star Edin Dzeko.
“He is an important player and will remain at Milan,” he concluded.
Zvjezdan Misimovic, striker Edin Dzeko’s team-mate has announced publicly that the Bosnian is dreaming with a move to AC Milan, in order to put pressure on the Bundesliga board to accept the Rossoneri’s offer.
Misimovic, though, said in an interview with Kicker: “We talk about Milan. He said half a year ago that they are his dream club.
“There still hasn’t been an offer though. You don’t get something like that every day. I can understand Edin, that he wants to move. I can also understand Wolfsburg. We need Edin’s quality. It’s my wish that he stays.”
He added: “It would certainly be the wrong sign if we were to sell him. We have much in front of us, we are playing in the Champions League this year.”
Goal.com has mentioned a rumour that has been circulating for days, regarding a swap deal to be arranged with Real Madrid that would see Andrea Pirlo and Farnando Gago switch clubs. Reports said that Chelsea were the best positioned to sign the Italian midfielder, but Kaka already recommended his former team mate to join him in Real Madrid.
President Silvio Berlusconi has already revealed that offers would be considered for his services.
All in all, speculation has started about who would replace him and while Felipe Melo has been mentioned, El Mundo Deportivo think that Gago is being lined up by the Milan hierarchy.