ALESSIO CERCI is still a goal of Milan and Adriano Galliani is expected to have a meeting with Torino’s Urbano Cairo on Sunday.
Milan are searching for a striker to replace Mario Balotelli who is departing for Liverpool but a right winger is also needed at Milanello and negotiations for Cerci could resume on Sunday.
“Over the last few days we haven’t had any more contact with Milan. As you know, Adriano Galliani had other issues to deal with…” Torino President Cairo is quoted as saying on Saturday’sTuttosport. “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 8 days. Cerci is a Torino player and we’d be happy if he stayed with us.”
It’s believed that Galliani and Cairo will meet in Forte dei Marmi tomorrow to talk about the winger. La Stampa reports that Milan’s latest offer is €13 million plus 50% of Antonio Nocerino (co-ownerships are still possible until the summer of 2015). Galliani is reportedly also interested in inserting Riccardo Saponara into the deal but Torino want M’Baye Niang.
The future of Cerci could be resolved in the next 48 hours. It is in Milan’s best interest to resolve the Cerci situation as quickly as possible so that they’ll be able to focus on getting a striker & a midfielder. Torino’s valuation of Cerci is €18m.
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa has revealed that he is ready to leave the club.
The 23-year-old Brazilian has been linked with a move away from the Ukrainian side all summer due to the current political instability in the country.
Costa is reportedly on the radar of a number of European outfits, including AC Milan, and he himself has made it clear that he is “ready” to leave Shakhtar.
"If an offer came, I would take it immediately," he told La Gazzetta Sport. "I am grateful to Shakhtar for what they gave me, and if I stay, I will give my 100%.
"But I think I am ready for a big club. Me at AC Milan? I would like to follow the steps of Ronaldinho.
"Moreover, playing in a league like Serie A, La Liga or the Premier League, I would have more chances of being called up to the Brazil national team."
Another of Shakhtar’s Brazilian stars, Fernando, has confirmed that there are talks going on between his agent and Italian club Fiorentina.
"Yes, there is the possibility that I may play in Italy with Fiorentina," the 22-year-old midfielder told Sky Sport Italia. "We will see how it goes."
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu added: “Yes, Fiorentina have a strong interest in Fiorentina and the offer is concrete, but their offer is not much. AC Milan are also interested in him.”
MARIO BALOTELLI’S hours as a Milan player are counted as a deal between Milan and Liverpool has been reached.
Balotelli joined Milan in January 2014 on a four and a half deal and it seemed as though he’d be wearing red and black for a long time. However, a year and half later and the Italian striker looks set to be on the move again – back to the EPL.
Balo spent three years with Manchester City and said on more than one occasion that he misses life in Italy so he came to his childhood team. But it appears that Balotelli feels ready to return to England and Liverpool have offered him a contract.
According to several reports in Italy and England, Milan and Liverpool have already found an agreement over the 24-year-old and Pool will pay Milan €20 million for the permanent transfer of the player. Balotelli said today “This will be my last day at Milanello” and indeed he has already emptied his locker at Milanello and said goodbye to his teammates.
Later today, the agent Mino Raiola will negotiate the details of the new contract with Reds. It’s reported that the demand is a five-year deal worth €6 million net per season, which is €2 million than what he used to earn as a Milan player. It’s said that the teammates felt something was wrong with Mario as his absence in the game against Valencia was “suspicious” (the official reason was a flu). Balotelli trained under the guidance of the Diavolo coach Pippo Inzaghi today – for the last time.
Balotelli will soon join Raiola in Liverpool and will most likely have his medical check-ups in the next days. Balotelli was the Rossoneri’s top scorer last year, with 18 goals scored in 41 appearances in all competitions, 14 of them being in Serie A.
ALESSIO CERCI is still Milan’s number one target and they are ready to challenge Atletico Madrid, it’s reported today.
The Italian media suggested yesterday that Milan have told Torino that they are no longer interested in signing Alessio Cerci due to his cost but it appears that the Rossoneri have changed their minds and are still pursuing the Toro winger.
Torino want €18-20 million for Cerci, who was very impressive last season – perhaps forming the best attack in Italy with Ciro Immobile who has moved to Borussia Dortmund, and Milan are challenging Atletico Madrid for his signing.
A tweet was published yesterday on Cerci’s Twitter feed announcing that he has agreed to join Atletico. However, the tweet was deleted shortly afterwards with the player claiming on Sky that he wasn’t the one to post or delete it: “I was playing Playstation with my team-mates. I don’t know how it happened.” Cerci blamed hackers and legal action has begun.
Atletico, like Milan, are very much interested in signing Cerci and reportedly raised their offer to €14m including bonuses, but Torino still think it’s not enough. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttosport, the Diavolo had a new bid of their own rejected by Torino: Adriano Galliani met Torino President Urbano Cairo yesterday and made a €12 million offer for the 27-year-old. Galliani and Cairo had another meeting earlier today at Forte dei Marmi in which they talked about Cerci.
Sky Italia‘s Gianluca Di Marzio has described Milan as “vigilant” and Galliani has reportedly hinted during the meeting that the Rossoneri are ready to outbid Atletico to get Cerci, who is Filippo Inzaghi’s first choice for the right-winger role. Di Marzio has claimed on his website that “the negotiation has been re-opened, at the moment Milan seem to have a small lead.”
Douglas Costa, Goran Pandev and Adel Taarabt remain the alternatives for Milan but Cerci is the top guy as Inzaghi wants a winger who can score 10-12 goals per season. Meanwhile, Torino have sold their half of Gianmario Comi to Milan.
CLÉMENT GRENIER is a target of Milan, his agent Guerra has confirmed this week.
Filippo Inzaghi’s number priority is to sign a right winger who is also left footed and Milan are monitoring the market (Douglas Costa and Alessio Cerci are the main targets) but it’s also believed that they want to add a midfielder.
The Diavolo have been linked with the likes of Napoli’s Blerim Dzemaili, Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot & Lyon’s Clément Grenier and the agent of the OL man has confirmed the rumours.
“I have been in contact with the Rossoneri, he’s a player of interest for them,” Frederic Guerra told Foot Mercato. “We’ll wait and see what happens, the market is still open. There are three clubs interested in Grenier, including Milan. Clément, however, doesn’t want to leave Lyon at all costs.” The contract of the 23-year-old, who has 5 France caps, expires in 2016.
Meanwhile, Sky reports that Milan are in talks with Rayo Vallecano and the newly promoted Eibar over Didac Vila, whose gross wages are around €1m. Sky also suggests that Torino have joined Genoa and Juventus in the Cristian Zapata race.
AC Milan have announced the signing of Colombia international Pablo Armero on loan from Udinese, subject to a medical.
The 27-year-old, who can play in midfield or defence, only rejoined Udinese from Napoli in June, but is embarking on another loan move, having spent the second half of last season at West Ham.
"I’ll be joining a great team," Armero told the Milan Channel. "I want to find my place here and do well."
Armero revealed he had spoken to current Milan defender Cristian Zapata and former Rossoneri player Mario Yepes, his international team-mates, before making the switch.
"Many of my friends like Cristian and Mario have spoken well of Milan," he added. "I’ll work hard to do well for the team and for the fans who deserve it."
Milan have carried out something of an overhaul of their defence after last season’s disappointing eighth-placed finish, signing goalkeepers Diego Lopez and Michael Agazzi, and centre-halves Alex and Adil Rami. Armero is the sixth new signing with forward Jeremy Menez the other.
KEVIN CONSTANT has officially left Milan and will try to win over the fans in Turkey now.
Many players have bid their goodbye to Milan this summer and will not be here in the 14/15 season, including Kaka, Urby Emanuelson, Alessandro Matri, Antonio Nocerino, Ferdinando Coppola, Robinho and of course Bakaye Traoré. And now Kevin Constant has joined the list.
Constant joined the Diavolo from Genoa in 2012 but never really convinced the fans of the Rossoneri. He still managed to play 57 times over the past two seasons, mostly as a left back.
The 27-year-old Guinean attracted the interest of Trabzonspor and they moved forward to sign him. Today the player penned the contract, as confirmed on their official website. Constant joins the Turkish Süper Lig on a four-year deal. Milan reportedly receive €2.5m from the transaction. Constant is replaced by Pablo Armero, who will have medical on Monday. It is now reported by Sky however that Armero will join Milan on loan without an option to be bought, at least for the moment.
Meanwhile, Luca Iotti has joined Elche on a three-year deal (there is a buy-back clause included). Milan also received an offer from Cordoba for outcast left back Didac Vila but Milan think it’s too low and negotiations will resume next week.