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June 2011

Hamsik would consider move
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Napoli ace Marek Hamsik has again failed to rule out a summer exit from the Stadio San Paolo.

The Slovakian gave an interview with the Pravda newspaper earlier this week where he spoke of the possibility of joining Milan.

The Rossoneri and Napoli reacted to that report by insisting no transfer will be done, but Hamsik has added more fuel to the fire this afternoon.

“I’ve heard that there has been a lot of talk, not all of it true,” he told Sky Sport Italia on Thursday.

“I’m happy at Napoli and I’m in no rush to leave, but if a big club made an offer then Napoli and myself would think about it.

“But it isn’t as if I have to leave Napoli.”

Milan are the most likely contenders to net the former Brescia player and they are apparently lining up a €30m offer.

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis this afternoon insisted that he wouldn’t sell Hamsik for €40m.

Hamsik sale? Not even for EUR 40 mil!
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis insists he won’t sell Milan target Marek Hamsik this summer.

The rumours of a Rossoneri switch resurfaced this week, but the Azzurri ace will seemingly remain at the Stadio San Paolo.

“He’s off the market,” the Napoli owner told Radio Marte. “Don’t believe the stories that I can sell him for €40m.

“I signed the player to increase his value and I’ve invested a lot on him. With €40m I would only cover his costs.

“Then if people want to start rumours then that is fine…”

The transfer rumour mill had started to suggest that the Italian champions could tempt Napoli with a €30m offer.

AC Milan look at Nasri
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The Corriere dello Sport is today reporting that Milan have been in touch with Arsenal about Samir Nasri.

The 24-year-old midfielder is of interest to numerous clubs across Europe, the Rossoneri being one of them.

The Frenchman has just 12 months left on his contract in London as talks regarding a renewal continue.

Should no agreement be reached, Arsenal will make the player available rather than risk losing him for nothing next June.

Milan would face some stiff competition for the player though with Inter also recently linked, while both Manchester clubs are very keen too.

Reports in England today are suggesting that Manchester United are ready to offer £20m for the international.

Milan have made it clear that they are looking for a left-sided midfielder before the transfer window closes.

Agent: 'Danilo to join Juventus'
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Juventus will beat Milan to the signature of Santos youngster Danilo, according to a top agent.

Speaking with Sportitalia, Antonio Caliendo insisted that the 19-year-old will be heading to Turin.

“The next big buy in Serie A will come from Juventus who will net Danilo, the young Santos midfielder,” he stated.

The Brazilian Under-20 international, full name Danilo Luiz Da Silva, moved to Santos last year after being brought up in the America MG youth ranks.

Portuguese giants Benfica are also understood to be tracking the talented teenager who will turn 20 on July 15.

AC Milan: We won’t sign Hamsik
30.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have no chance in signing Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik this summer, insists Adriano Galliani.

The Slovakian international has again been linked with the Rossoneri this week after he seemed open to the option of a San Siro switch.

However, Milan Vice-President Galliani has cooled the enthusiasm of the Diavolo support and reassured the anxious Azzurri faithful.

“There is a zero per cent possibility that Hamsik will arrive at Milan,” the official noted. “We won’t be the side to make Aurelio De Laurentiis an indecent proposal.”

De Laurentiis reacted to Hamsik’s comment by insisting that he would only consider selling the player if he was made an offer that took his breath away.

Meanwhile, Galliani also rubbished speculation that Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas could be joining Milan in the near future.

“He’ll be going to another team,” he said of the Spaniard who is again being associated with Barcelona.

“Kaka and Ganso? It’s impossible for Kaka to return and for Ganso to join us in January,” concluded Galliani.

Albertazzi on loan to Getafe
29.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan confirmed a move today, having loaned 20-year-old defender Michelangelo Albertazzi to Spanish club Getafe.

Napoli invite 'indecent' bids for Hamsik
28.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Napoli have revealed what it would take for someone to buy Marek Hamsik. “An indecent proposal that takes my breath away,” said chief Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Hamsik’s future is at the centre of mass speculation today after he seemed to open the door to a Milan switch this summer.

“I’m telling the truth when I say that Hamsik is not for sale,” De Laurentiis told Marte Sport Live on Tuesday.

“However, when I receive an indecent proposal I’ll listen to it, but it has to be the kind of offer that takes my breath away.

“I repeat that, for me, he’s un-sellable, but if someone wants to sit at my table then they need to know that it is an expensive one.”

Hamsik’s words in an interview with the Pravda newspaper have sent shockwaves through Napoli, but De Laurentiis defended the player.

“His statements were translated in an astute fashion, this is sensational journalism,” continued the San Paolo chief.

“Marek is a good man who has never created any kind of problem. He’s a correct guy, a real professional. Let’s not demonize him.”

Speculation today had suggested that Hamsik could be sold to Milan for around €30m, with Palermo’s Javier Pastore being signed in his place.

“Pastore can’t replace Hamsik,” De Laurentiis added. “Meanwhile, Udinese’s Alexis Sanchez is a different type of player.

“But, as I have said, I would need indecent proposals to arrive first.”

Pato targets AC Milan legend status
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato has made it clear that he’s ready to stay with Italian giants Milan for the rest of his career.

“I want to become a major player in the history of Milan, a symbol, a legend, one of those winning players who have left with big memories and trophies,” he told Don Balon.

“Getting to Milan was a dream come true. I would not leave Milan for any club and my desire is to remain with the Rossoneri for as long as possible.

“I want to play here until they get tired of me.”

Pato, signed from Internacional in 2008, quickly settled into Serie A football despite being just a teenager at the time.

“I started training alongside players who were idols for me, like Ronaldo and Paolo Maldini,” said the Brazilian who was born in 1989.

“When I heard that Milan were interested in me, I immediately said yes as I did not want to miss this opportunity for anything in the world.

“Back then, there were seven Brazilians at Milan so it was easy to integrate. I became part of the most successful team in the world.”

Pato helped the Rossoneri to the Scudetto this season and he intends to keep winning silverware in the red and black shirt.

“I can not deny that I was particularly happy about winning the last championship, because it was something I expected since I wore the shirt of the Rossoneri for the first time.

“Now I want to continue to win because the League is nothing but the beginning of a string of triumphs.

“Now we want the Italian Super Cup, Serie A and the Champions League – I want to win everything.

“I’d also like to play one day in the Club World Cup and I will do everything to play in all the important games.”

Hamsik opens AC Milan door
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Marek Hamsik has failed to rule out a Napoli exit this summer. “I would say that it's time to win something now.”

Hamsik has been strongly paired with a move to Milan ahead of 2011-12 and the player has not exactly ruled out such a possibility.

"It's difficult to predict when is the right time to leave,” he told newspaper Pravda. “I have grown a lot with Napoli in these past few years.

"I'm young, but I still haven't won anything. Not a League championship, not a cup competition. I would say that it's time to win something now.

“It’s true that President Aurelio De Laurentiis doesn’t want to sell me, but nothing is for certain. I speak to him regularly – he’s fun and generous. I can talk to him about anything.

"[Milan boss] Massimiliano Allegri and [Vice-President] Adriano Galliani have praised me and joining Milan would be the turning point of my career.”

Hamsik also has admirers outside of Italy, but he insists that he wants to continue his career in Serie A.

“I don’t want to leave Italy,” he added. “I’ve been here for seven years, I’ve learnt the language and made my name here.

“I’m happy on the peninsula and I feel that I am suited to Italian life.”

Hamsik, an attacking midfielder, joined Brescia in 2004 before his switch to Napoli in 2007.

The almost 24-year-old is a Slovakian international.

AC Milan move focus to Danilo
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are thought to be turning their Brazilian sights to Ganso’s teammate at Santos, Danilo.

It is well known the Rossoneri were in negotiations with the club to sign trequartista Paulo Ganso, but that move does not seem likely to go through until at least January.

Instead, it’s now claimed in the Gazzetta dello Sport that they have been impressed by his teammate Danilo.

A powerful and attacking right-back, the 19-year-old has been compared to Inter’s Douglas Maicon.

His price-tag levitated recently with a goal in the 2-0 Copa Libertadores Final victory over Penarol.

The Brazilian is also of interest to Benfica, so Milan need to work fast to snap him up.

“I am enthusiastic at the idea of joining Benfica as my first European club, partly due to the language,” Danilo told Portuguese newspaper Record.

El Shaarawy fired up for AC Milan
26.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Now that he is officially a Milan player, €20m rated Stephan El Shaarawy “can’t wait to get started by winning the Italian Super Cup.”

The 18-year-old completed his move from Genoa on Saturday in a co-ownership deal that included Alexander Merkel going the other way.

“It will be an honour to play alongside all these great champions and I can’t wait to get started,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“My hope is to start off straight away by winning the Italian Super Cup against Inter, my first official game for the club.”

The Italy Under-21 international trequartista has an Italian mother and Egyptian father, earning him the nickname ‘Little Pharaoh.’

“Adriano Galliani said El Shaarawy must take the place of Kaka and that filled his heart with pride,” revealed agent Roberto La Florio.

“The lad is fired up to the max.”

AC Milan offer Emanuelson to Napoli
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan could be ready to release Urby Emanuelson to Napoli just six months after his arrival.

The left-back and winger was signed in January from Ajax for €2.5m, including performance-related bonuses.

He turned 25 last week and has struggled to find playing time under Massimiliano Allegri.

According to the Corriere del Mezzogiorno, agent Mino Raiola has offered Emanuelson to Napoli.

The Dutch international has Champions League experience that could be valuable for the Partenopei as they enter the competition.

Some have also suggested Emanuelson is to be used as bait in Milan’s attempt to sign Marek Hamsik.

AC Milan pay EUR 8 mil for Toloi?
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Brazilian sources claim Milan have beaten competition to snatch Goias defender Rafael Toloi for €8m.

The 20-year-old has been linked with Serie A sides for several years, including Juventus, Inter, Lazio and Roma.

According to Futnet.com, the Rossoneri have surprised everyone by swooping for Toloi in secret talks with Goias.

Toloi has an EU passport, so could be signed without taking up a place in the squad.

However, there are also reports that Toloi will not be playing at San Siro next season.

Instead he could be left at Goias for one more year, or be loaned out in Serie A.

OFFICIAL: AC Milan sign El Shaarawy
25.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

It is now finally official: Milan have signed Stephan El Shaarawy from Genoa in exchange for Alexander Merkel plus cash.

The move had been known for several weeks, but could not be completed until the 17-year-old had finished his exams.

“AC Milan announce they have bought Stephan El Shaarawy from Genoa in a co-ownership deal and have sold to Genoa, again in a co-ownership agreement, Alexander Merkel,” read a statement on the club website.

Although no figures have been mentioned, it’s widely believed the Rossoneri paid €10m for half the Under-21 international’s contract.

“El Shaarawy is a very good player and he will become a No 1,” Coach Max Allegri said to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He is young, has quality, and he is of the type of player that you must focus on to create a cycle – and make us competitive in Europe too.

“We have to be careful though, you don’t have to create a phenomenon.

“Stephan is still a young boy and he will have to study this new environment, but I’m convinced that he has his head in the right place.

“When Milan choose a player, they don’t only look at his technical qualities…”

No to Fabregas, Hamsik & Montolivo
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have categorically ruled out bids for Cesc Fabregas, Marek Hamsik and Riccardo Montolivo this summer.

All three players have been paired with the Italian champions, but Vice-President Adriano Galliani has cooled the links.

“Fabregas is not even a dream because we have never thought about him,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “There is zero possibility of seeing him at Milan.

“We have never tried to sign Hamsik either. Just like Fabregas, there is zero possibility of seeing him at Milan.

“We won’t disturb Napoli who are a great reality of Italian football. I’ve told Silvio Berlusconi that too.”

So could Santos ace Ganso be their mysterious Mr X after he admitted that he’d love a San Siro switch?

“He’d like to join us in January and we’d like that too, but he’s a non-EU player, so the rules have to be changed first. We hope that the non-EU restrictions are altered.”

Presently Italian clubs can only sign one non-EU player per season if they already play outside of Italy.

“Our swoop will come in midfield because we are well fixed up in all the other areas of the side,” added Galliani. “And it won’t be Riccardo Montolivo of Fiorentina either.”

The official concluded by again underlining that Brazil defender Thiago Silva would be staying with the outfit.

“The fans can stay calm. He’s wanted by a lot of the important clubs, but he is definitely not leaving.”

Galliani wants stellar AC Milan
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has asked boss Massimiliano Allegri to deliver the club’s second Scudetto star.

A gold star can be added to a team’s jersey in Italy to represent 10 title wins.

The Rossoneri currently have one, but are just two titles shy of another following their championship success this term.

“Allegri has to make me a promise,” smiled Galliani. “We have to get a second star before Inter do. We have to reach 20 sooner than the Nerazzurri.

“That is the objective which Allegri should focus on.”

Inter also have one star thanks to their 18 titles, while Juventus have two as a result of their 27 Scudetti – 29 if you include their Calciopoli tainted victories.

“It was an extraordinary season,” continued Galliani. “We were top from Week 11 onwards and we won it with two games to go with the best defence in the League.”

AC Milan respond to Fabregas link
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri has refused to confirm or deny speculation that Cesc Fabregas is Milan’s Mr X transfer target.

The Arsenal man is again being linked with the Rossoneri, but the tactician isn’t giving anything away.

“We’ve not just discovered Fabregas this morning,” the former Cagliari tactician noted on Friday. “Having lost Andrea Pirlo, Milan need a player of important technical qualities.

“There are two months of the market left and Adriano Galliani knows perfectly what this side is missing. If a player arrives then he will have an important value and will certainly be Milan level.”

The Italian champions have only made minor adjustments to their squad so far, but the Coach is happy with the progress.

“Milan’s market has been excellent up until now,” he insisted.

“We’ve strengthened on the left with Taye Taiwo, we’ve signed Philippe Mexes who is a world class player and Stephan El Shaarawy who is a kid with great quality.

“He’ll stay at Milan as he has a lot to prove.

“Antonio Cassano will remain too. He joined us after two months of inactivity at Sampdoria, he scored four goals and laid on eight assists. He’ll be an extra value to us next season.

“Thiago Silva? Barcelona are not the only side who want him. He’s one of the best defenders around, two or three levels above the rest, but he extended his contract just a month ago.

“Our squad will be made up of 25 players this time around and not 32 like in the past term. I can only choose 11 to play at once. Our strength this term was that every player was ready when called upon.”

Allegri was then asked what the main aim of the 2011-12 campaign would be for the San Siro giants.

“We have no priority even if the first target is the Italian Super Cup,” he added. “When we start the season we have to be competitive in all three competitions.

“The League and the Champions League are two different tournaments. You need consistency in Serie A, while you have to be ready at the right time in the Champions League.

“Last season we were knocked out of the latter a little bit too soon. In Europe Barcelona are superior to everyone, but we will be competitive with everybody else.”

Ganso targets 2012 AC Milan switch
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Brazil and Santos starlet Paulo Enrique Ganso has made it clear that he wants to join Italian champions Milan.

“My dream is to beat Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in the Club World Cup and then move to Milan in January,” he stated in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Rossoneri have been tracking the South American for the last six months, but their interest has cooled recently.

The player’s injury problems have concerned the San Siro giants.

Milan also insist that their mystery Mr X transfer target is a left-sided midfielder rather than an attacking midfielder.

Santos lifted the Copa Libertadores this week to ensure their place in the FIFA Club World Cup in December.

Barca, winners of this season’s Champions League, will start that competition as favourites.

Ganso, who is valued at around the €50m mark by his club, will next be in action for Brazil at this summer’s Copa America.

Allegri believes in El Shaarawy
24.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan boss Massimo Allegri is convinced that 18-year-old signing Stephan El Shaarawy is the real deal.

The teenager will complete his move from Genoa to San Siro on Saturday after the Rossoneri reportedly paid €10m for a 50 per cent share in him.

“El Shaarawy is a very good player and he will become a No 1,” Allegri said to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He is young, has quality, and he is of the type of player that you must focus on to create a cycle – and make us competitive in Europe too.

“We have to be careful though, you don’t have to create a phenomenon.

“Stephan is still a young boy and he will have to study this new environment, but I’m convinced that he has his head in the right place.

“When Milan choose a player, they don’t only look at his technical qualities…”

The attacking midfielder, an Italian youth international whose father is Egyptian, will have his Rossoneri medical tomorrow.

He’s only played three games in Serie A during his career. He’s spent this season on loan at Padova in Serie B.

Amelia staying at AC Milan unless…
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Marco Amelia has confirmed that he has turned down a move to Cagliari. “I’ll only leave Milan for Roma.”

Cagliari and Milan had agreed to swap goalkeepers Amelia and Federico Marchetti, but the 2006 World Cup winner blocked the switch.

“I know Cagliari boss Roberto Donadoni very well,” the custodian, who was signed outright by Milan just this summer from Genoa, stated to Radio Radio.

“He asked me if I wanted to go and play for him, but, after thanking him for the opportunity, I told him that I didn’t want to leave Milan.”

Amelia added that there was only one club who could tempt him away from Milanello – hometown side Roma.

“I’d leave only for the Giallorossi,” he added.

The 28-year-old, who will again probably be a reserve to Christian Abbiati next term, started his career in the Giallorossi youth sector, but he never made a Serie A appearance for the club.

He left Roma in 2001 to join Livorno and has since also played for Lecce, Parma, Palermo and Genoa.

Thiago Silva staying until 2016
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Thiago Silva says he will hold talks with Milan next month to reassure them of his commitment to the Rossoneri jersey.

The Brazilian international was recently linked with a switch to Barcelona after giving an interview in his homeland.

But, speaking with La Gazzetta dello Sport, he reassured anxious fans that he will still be at San Siro next term.

“I’ll stay with Milan until the end of my contract and then we’ll see what happens,” the central defender confirmed.

“I have just extended my agreement until June 2016 and there is still time to understand whether we can stay together for life.

“I’m now concentrated on the Copa America, but when I return to Italy I will talk to Vice-President Adriano Galliani to clear things up.”

Silva also added that he would be speaking to Santos midfielder and Brazil teammate Ganso about life in Italy.

“I’ll mark him closely in Brazil training,” he added. “I’ll convince him that there is nothing better than Milan.”

The Rossoneri have been associated with a move for Ganso even if it appears that their interest has cooled a little.

Is Fabregas AC Milan's Mr X?
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Reports in Italy are suggesting that Milan’s mystery summer transfer target is Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal.

The Italian media have been speculating for months about the identity of Mr X, the midfielder whom the Scudetto holders hope to grab before the window closes.

After links with Napoli’s Marek Hamsik were again shot down this week, whispers are starting to get louder that the San Siro giants actually want the Spaniard.

Although it is widely accepted that Barcelona would be the player’s likely destination should he leave Arsenal, Milan are monitoring the situation.

With Barca being told by Udinese that primary transfer target Alexis Sanchez will cost €50m, it remains to be seen whether they will have the budget to net Cesc too.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has intimated that the Rossoneri will make their move for Mr X in late August.

That strategy follows last summer’s late swoops for Manchester City forward Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Barcelona.

Amelia snubs Cagliari move
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia has snubbed a loan move to Cagliari, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Reports emerged last night that Milan and Cagliari were discussing the possibility of swapping goalkeepers, with Amelia heading to Sardinia in exchange for Federico Marchetti.

Both players would have moved on loan.

However, although the Milan reserve would have been guaranteed first team football with the Rossoblu, Amelia seems to have turned down that opportunity.

Amelia was signed outright by Milan this summer after spending the past campaign on loan from Genoa.

Marchetti, meanwhile, hasn’t played since the 2010 World Cup after a disagreement with Cagliari chief Massimo Cellino.

Marchetti, who is also wanted by Lazio, can be signed outright by any Italian club who pay his €5.2m release clause.

Paloschi part of AC Milan's plans
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Italian Under-21 international Alberto Paloschi has rejoined Milan to remain at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The striker is now 100 per cent owned by the Serie A giants after the club officially bought Genoa’s 50 per cent stake in him yesterday.

It was being suggested that Paloschi wouldn’t stay though with a possible loan move to a smaller club suggested.

However, the youngster’s representative has underlined that the forward will be at the disposal of boss Massimiliano Allegri next term.

“I don’t like to talk about the transfer market, but I can say that the boy will be remaining with Milan,” agent Tulio Tinti noted.

Paloschi will face stiff competition for a shirt at San Siro next term given the presence of Alexandre Pato, Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Antonio Cassano and Pippo Inzaghi.

Cagliari take Astori off AC Milan
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Cagliari have bought Davide Astori from Milan, could exchange Marco Amelia with Federico Marchetti and lose many of their players.

The deadline for co-ownership deals is approaching fast and clubs are in intensive negotiations to agree a fee for the other 50 per cent of their contracts.

“We have bought Astori,” confirmed Cagliari President Massimo Cellino, referring to the long tug-of-war with Milan.

It’s believed the Rossoneri will receive €4m for their half of the defender.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the two sides have also been organising another deal with an exchange of goalkeepers.

Amelia was recently bought out from Genoa, so Milan aim to send him to Cagliari in a swap with Marchetti, who has been frozen out for a year due to a contract dispute.

This evening the Sardinians officially announced they had not taken up their options on Robert Acquafresca, Simone Missiroli and Simon Laner, who were all on loan this term.

AC Milan sign Boateng and Paloschi
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have officially bought out Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alberto Paloschi on a permanent basis from Genoa.

The two players were in co-ownership deals between the two clubs, but formally reached an agreement today.

A notice appeared on the official Rossoneri website: “AC Milan announce they have signed Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alberto Paloschi on a permanent basis from Genoa.”

The fate of the pair was already well known, but the official confirmation has now filtered through.

There was no word on the website on how much these operations cost.

No AC Milan guarantees for Cassano
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has warned Antonio Cassano that he will have to fight for his place in the side.

Competition for an attacking jersey is fierce at San Siro with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato, Robinho, Antonio Cassano, Pippo Inzaghi and Alberto Paloschi at the club.

“Years ago we had practically agreed a deal for Jurgen Klinsmann,” Galliani told reporters on Wednesday.

“It was almost done, but it never happened because his agent asked that the player be guaranteed a first team shirt.

“Nobody is assured of a place in our side, but Antonio can certainly be of use to us,” the official underlined.

Galliani was also inevitably asked about Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis’ statement that Marek Hamsik was a better player than Pato.

“Hamsik is a Napoli player so it is normal that De Laurentiis thinks that way. It’s not a problem because Pato is ours and Hamsik belongs to Napoli.

“Hamsik is not part of our plans and we’ve never been interested in him. We’ll keep Pato.”

The San Siro chief also insisted that Stephan El Shaarawy would spend next season with them after his move from Genoa, but denied links with Didier Drogba and Juraj Kucka.

“El Shaarawy will stay at Milan,” he said of the 18-year-old attacking midfielder.

“I’m convinced that he is mature enough for Serie A. We’ll soon see what his value is, but I am sure that he can become a champion.

“Drogba is a suggestive name, but we are ok in attack right now. As for Kucka, he is a Genoa player and the possibility of him wearing our shirt can be excluded.”

Amauri to cover for Ibrahimovic?
22.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan could make a move for Amauri in a bid to sign an alternative to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack, writes the Corriere dello Sport.

Ibra is the only big target man that the Italian champions currently have seeing as Alexandre Pato, Robinho, Antonio Cassano and Pippo Inzaghi are all less imposing figures.

In a possible bid to add more weight to their attacking options, the Juventus-owned Amauri is being linked with a San Siro move.

Amauri will be sold by Juventus this summer seeing as he has just a year left on his contract with the Bianconeri.

Parma, where he spent the past six months on loan by netting seven goals in 11 games, would like to keep him but his salary demands are steep.

Amauri is currently on almost €4m a campaign in Turin, a figure which is too high for the Tardini outfit.

Milan are apparently ready to offer the Brazilian-born Italian international a two-year deal worth €2.5m a campaign.

Cassano to Napoli 'fantasy football'
21.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Antonio Cassano’s proposed move to Napoli in exchange for Marek Hamsik is “fantasy football” according to his agent.

The January signing from Sampdoria has been heavily linked with both Napoli and Fiorentina this summer, as he is struggling to break into the starting XI at Milan.

“Cassano will remain at Milan while he is useful to the club. There is no debate on this,” Beppe Bozzo told Sky Sport Italia.

“Will he go to Napoli? At this moment that is absolute fantasy football. There is absolutely no chance.”

FantAntonio is eager to seek playing time elsewhere so he can have more first team football in the lead-up to Euro 2012.

Last week Cesare Prandelli warned only those who play regularly at club level will be considered for the Nazionale.

Bozzo also commented on some of his other clients, namely Juventus spare parts Fabio Grosso and Marco Motta.

“There is interest from fun places like Dubai for Grosso, but we are still waiting for something concrete.

“I would be happy if Motta stayed at Juve to really show what he can do after an unlucky campaign full of injuries. The Bianconeri directors do not want to sell him.”

De Laurentis: 'Hamsik worth more than Pato'
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Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentis commented on Erik Lamela and insisted “Marek Hamsik is worth more than Alexandre Pato.”

There have been continual stories of Milan’s links with Hamsik, who many have suggested is the mysterious ‘Mister X’ of the summer, especially after Napoli showed an interest in potential replacement Lamela.

“I like Lamela, but only as a future prospect or investment. He is certainly not a priority for right now,” he told Radio Marte.

“Articles in the newspaper are fine, but reality is a different matter.”

There was also a rumour that Milan could offer Brazilian striker Pato in exchange for the Slovak international.

“If you don’t mind me saying, Hamsik is worth more than Pato. I wouldn’t even accept a straight swap.”

De Laurentiis also urged the local council to hurry its work on the San Paolo stadium ahead of Champions League competition.

“We have made it clear to the new administration that this is an urgent matter, because the UEFA regulations to take part in the Champions League are very clear. Without certain adjustments, we would not be able to play there, which would be a tragedy for the club and fans.

“Imagine Napoli-Barcelona played somewhere other than the San Paolo. We also have some international friendlies lined up. If we invite Real Madrid, Boca Juniors or Aston Villa, how embarrassing will it be to have a stadium still under construction?”

Gattuso deferred for Leonardo insult
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Gennaro Gattuso has been deferred to the Disciplinary Commission for insulting chants against ex-Inter Coach Leonardo.

The Milan midfielder was caught on camera joining in the chants with supporters during the Scudetto celebrations at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome last month.

The club made a formal apology to Leonardo, who fans accused of being a ‘Judas’ for leaving the Rossoneri to join rivals Inter a few months later.

After the FIGC investigation, Gattuso has been deferred to the Disciplinary Commission for “offensive statements that were publicly aimed at Leonardo.”

Last week Leonardo quit his job at Inter to become a director at Paris Saint-Germain.

Cagliari optimistic over Astori
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Cagliari are confident that they will reach an agreement with Milan in order to keep Davide Astori.

The centre-back’s future is in doubt, as both clubs co-own him and both want him at their disposal next term.

If no settlement can be reached over his contract, then there is a risk that his destiny could be decided by a blind auction.

“I’m convinced that we will be able to find an agreement with Milan,” Cagliari chief Massimo Cellino noted.

“After all, I only have two friends in football and they are Galliani and Berlusconi.”

Astori is a 24-year-old defender who is also being monitored by Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.

I'll extend contract, says Flamini
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Mathieu Flamini is confident that he will stay at Milan despite the fact that his contract expires in June 2012.

“It is my intention to remain at this club and extend my agreement with Milan,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“There is no rush though, we will speak in the future when the right time has arrived,” he continued.

Flamini may have to wait until the 2011-12 campaign is over to agree terms, seeing as Milan refused to discuss contract extensions with players until this campaign had ended.

The Frenchman, who joined the San Siro giants in 2008 on a free transfer from Arsenal, helped Milan to the Scudetto this term and he’s hungry for more honours.

“After winning the League title this year, I want to try to win the Champions League next,” concluded the 27-year-old.

Leonardo exit shocked Galliani
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani admits that he’s surprised by the timing of Leonardo’s Inter exit.

The Brazilian, who joined Inter on Christmas Eve just months after quitting city rivals Milan, is leaving the Nerazzurri to become sporting director at Paris SG.

“I didn’t expect him to leave Inter so suddenly, but I have always known that he prefers to be a director rather than a Coach,” said the Rossonero chief.

Galliani is the man responsible for turning the former player into a Coach at Milan in 2009, but Leo resigned just a year into that 24-month deal.

Leo’s departure seems to have left Inter in a state of confusion and transition, but Galliani still respects them as an opponent.

“We are talking about the current Club World Cup champions,” he stated. “We’ll see them in Beijing for what promises to be a great tie.”

The two teams will meet in China for the Italian Super Cup clash, between the League champions and the Italian Cup winners, on August 6.

El Shaarawy virtually at AC Milan
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Stephan El Shaarawy is just a medical away from completing his move from Genoa to Italian champions Milan.

“He’s virtually a Milan player,” his agent Roberto La Florio told Radio CRC on Monday afternoon. “He just has to have his medical.”

The 18-year-old will join Milan after they netted 50 per cent of his contract from the Marassi outfit for a fee of around €10m.

“He will immediately be a part of the Milan squad,” his representative continued. “He has good prospects for the future and I’m sure that he will do well.”

The attacking midfielder has only played three Serie A games for Genoa and 27 in Serie B during his loan at Padova this term.

AC Milan on Hamsik - Cassano swap
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Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida has commented on the possibility of Napoli’s Marek Hamsik swapping clubs with Antonio Cassano.

The Italian champions are understood to be keen on Hamsik, while Cassano has been linked with an exit as he isn’t guaranteed first team action at San Siro.

“In football everything is possible and nothing is impossible,” Braida told Radio CRC on Monday afternoon.

“But some times things are said to make the fans dream,” the official added.

“I don’t like to talk about individuals as you risk saying immature words or talking about things that don’t exist.

“All clubs think about adding champions to their squad, but this seems a pretty obvious thing to say.

“Players come and go, who lives will see…”

PSG rather than AC Milan for Menez
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Jeremy Menez is being paired with a move to Paris Saint Germain after Milan ruled out his possible arrival.

The Frenchman has been linked with the Rossoneri, but Vice-President Adriano Galliani claims he is not interested in the Roma player.

“Our market is not yet closed, but Menez will not arrive,” he stated on Monday morning. “Absolutely not.”

It is unclear whether Menez has a future in the Italian capital after the Giallorossi’s American facelift.

As a result, he’s also been paired with a move back to France where PSG are said to be very keen.

“The PSG project could be of interest to me,” the player told France Football. “Playing my football in Paris and returning to Ligue 1 would not be a step backwards in my career.

“There is a lot of talk about me at the moment, but also nothing concrete,” concluded the former Monaco man.

Ambrosini: 'Pirlo is unique'
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Massimo Ambrosini concedes Andrea Pirlo cannot be replaced, but still believes “only Barcelona can beat Milan.”

The Rossoneri won the Scudetto for the first time in seven years and are targeting the Champions League next term.

“We hope to start the season the same way we ended the last: with a victory,” he said of the August 6 Italian Super Cup against Inter.

“Whoever wins the Scudetto is always the favourite to retain it. I realise it’s early and the teams are under construction, but we cannot hide. It’s our duty to go for a second successive title.

“In Europe I think at this moment Milan can compete with everyone except Barcelona, who are three levels above all the others. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t target the Champions League, as it’s a competition where anything can happen.”

Coach Max Allegri is pushing for a revolution in midfield, as Pirlo was released on a free transfer to Juventus and the club is seeking a left-sided player.

“I read various names in the newspapers, but I have no idea who the mysterious Mister X could be. Besides, I can play in that left midfield role too...” Ambrosini told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We certainly need a replacement for Pirlo, even if someone with his characteristics would be impossible to replace. His absence will be felt on the field and in the locker room.

“There are players who can turn a team from normal to great. Andrea is one of those players. I started playing with him way back in the Italy Under-18 squad. He is unique.”

El Shaarawy due at AC Milan today
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Stephan El Shaarawy “will probably achieve his dream of playing for Milan today,” said the Genoa talent’s agent.

The Italy Under-21 international is set to make the move in a co-ownership deal worth €7.5m cash plus half of midfielder Alexander Merkel.

“I go to Genoa to gain experience, but will return to Milan stronger than before,” said Merkel in confirming the deal.

El Shaarawy spent this season on loan at Padova and was extremely impressive, taking them to the Serie B promotion Play-Off Final.

“He has the Rossoneri in his heart and from today also on his shirt,” noted agent Roberto La Florio.

“Adriano Galliani never lets talents like this slip away! Milan wanted him more than anyone else and I can guarantee the deal would have been done even if Merkel didn’t accept a move to Genoa.

“The only thing that Merkel changes is the financial cost of the operation. Milan have taken the ‘Little Pharaoh’ in a co-ownership deal and he will immediately join the club without any further loans.

“Milan and Genoa will meet on Saturday afternoon and everything will be made official then. This season half of Europe came to view him at Padova, as all the top clubs sent scouts, but Milan moved quicker than anybody.”

The 18-year-old, who has an Egyptian father and Italian mother, could see his medical delayed by a couple of weeks, as he is currently undergoing his exams.

There are reports that El Shaarawy will spend pre-season training with Massimiliano Allegri and the first team, including a trip to China for the Italian Super Cup against Inter in August, before deciding if he’ll be loaned out or kept at San Siro.

Kucka agent claims interest
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San Siro giants Milan and Inter are not the only two Italian sides keen on Genoa midfielder Juraj Kucka.

“He is not liked by just those two Serie A clubs, there are others in Italy too,” agent Emil Kovarevic told TMW.

“He is of interest to a lot of sides, but there has been nothing concrete and nobody has found an agreement with Genoa anyway.

“We’ll now see what happens over the next few weeks.

“Could he leave Genoa this summer? Let’s say that there is a possibility.”

While the representative did seem to cautiously open the door for an exit, the club had previously insisted that he would remain for now.

“Kucka will stay here and he’ll play for us next season,” Rossoblu chief Enrico Preziosi stated last month.

“That will still be the case even if I received an offer of €30m.

“There are three clubs after him, but we have already identified one outfit with which we’ll talk to about the player’s future.

“There are talks already open with a club whom we have had several transfer dealings with in the past.”

Genoa signed Kucka in January for €3m from Sparta Prague. A midfielder, born in 1987, he is also a Slovakian international.

El Shaarawy valued at EUR 20 mil.
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Genoa have revealed the pricey financial details that will see Milan sign a half share in Stephan El Shaarawy on Friday.

Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi had previously insisted that the 18-year-old would not be sold this summer, but Milan’s massive offer has seen him change his mind.

“Their bid surprised me,” he told Il Corriere Mercantile. “I really didn’t expect it at all, otherwise I wouldn’t have made those statements last week.

“The Rossoneri valued him at €20m. So that is €10m for a half share in him now, but the value of his other half can increase too if he does well.

“Overall, it’s a deal worth €25m and I just couldn’t say no.”

As part of the negotiations, Genoa will sign a half share in Rossoneri youngster Alexander Merkel in return.

“I’ve read that we will pay €1.3m for Merkel, but that’s not true,” added Preziosi. “He’ll cost us €5m because Milan value him at €10m.

“He is very young, but he is also ready for our championship.”

El Shaarawy, an attacking midfielder, has only played three games in Serie A for Genoa and 27 in Serie B while on loan at Padova this season.

Midfielder Merkel, meanwhile, is just 19 and he has made only six top-flight appearances for the Rossoneri.

“I understand the disappointment of the fans that we are losing a youngster like El Shaarawy, but I have to put the good of Genoa first,” Preziosi added.

“The kind of offer Milan made was one that you have to accept in an instant.”

AC Milan to net El Shaarawy on Friday
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Genoa are confident that they will do a deal with Milan for teenage sensation Stephan El Shaarawy on Friday.

“We’ll meet with Milan tomorrow to talk about El Shaarawy,” said Genoa President Enrico Preziosi to Radio Radio.

“If everything goes as planned then we will sign an agreement with them.”

It’s expected that the Rossoneri will buy a 50 per cent stake in the 18-year-old who has spent this season on loan at Padova.

A half share in the attacking midfielder will reportedly cost the Milan giants around €6m, plus half of Alexander Merkel’s contract.

The player’s agent, Roberto La Florio, was more cautious about his client’s future earlier today when he spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss.

“Nothing has been decided for El Shaarawy,” he stated. “The two clubs gave each other time to think about the situation.

“Let’s see what happens and whether an agreement can be reached.”

El Shaarawy, whose father is Egyptian, is an Italian Under-19 international. He was called up to the Under-21 set-up earlier this year but wasn’t used.

Inter are also understood to be very keen on acquiring the talent’s signature.

Should Milan do a deal, El Shaarawy is still expected to spend next season at Marassi with Genoa.

Genoa consider El Shaarawy options
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Genoa have yet to make a decision on the future of Stephan El Shaarawy as Milan close in on the youngster.

Reports are gathering pace that the Rossoneri have agreed a deal with the port club for the 18-year-old talent.

“The fact that Milan have spoken to us about him does not mean that he is already a Milan player,” Genoa sporting director Stefano Capozucca told Radio Sportiva.

“We have decided to take the next 48 hours to reflect on our market moves, we will then evaluate what is right for us and the boy.

“Our desire has to match the desire of the youngster.

“We haven’t taken a definite decision yet so everything that you are reading is just talk for now, not fact.”

The attacking midfielder, who spent this term on loan at Padova in Serie B, is an Italian youth international.

El Shaarawy, who has an Egyptian father and Italian mother, admitted this week that he’d rather join Milan – the club he supports – than Juventus or Inter.

Palermo: 'Pastore to stay'
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Palermo Vice-President Guglielmo Miccichè expects Javier Pastore to still be at the club next season.

“I think it would be good for him to stay here with us and I believe he will,” the official told Telecolor.

“In my opinion, it will be extremely difficult to find a club which is willing to spend the kind of money that the President wants for Pastore.”

Stadio Barbera chief Maurizio Zamparini is hoping to get offers for around €50m for the Argentine playmaker.

Milan and Juventus have been linked with his services in Italy, but clubs such as Barcelona and Chelsea have been paired too.

Cassano told to stay by Tassotti
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Milan assistant boss Mauro Tassotti has urged Antonio Cassano to remain and fight for his place at the club.

“I would suggest to Antonio that he stays here with us,” the former Italian international told Milan Channel.

“He knows what we all think of him here – we class him as a great champion. The amount of games he plays next season depends on him.”

Cassano and Milan have stated that the two do not intend to separate this summer, but rumours continue to circulate that he could move on.

Cassano is not guaranteed first team football at Milan in a squad which includes Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Pippo Inzaghi.

He made 17 appearances for the champions in the past campaign, but only totalled 921 minutes – that’s an average of 54 minutes per match.

Reaching Euro 2012 with Italy is an important target for a player whose past problems have seen him miss out on World Cup tournaments.

He did feature at Euro 2004 and Euro 2008, but both of those competitions ended in disappointment.

Cassano, who is represented by Giuseppe Bozzo, has been strongly linked with Fiorentina in the past few weeks after almost joining the Viola in January 2010.

Napoli and Palermo are also possible options even if unlikely at this stage.

Thiago Silva: 'I'm happy at AC Milan'
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Thiago Silva has point-blank refused he’s in talks with Barcelona. “I am very happy at Milan and don’t think they’re too far off Barça.”

The defender sparked controversy and front page headlines when he apparently told Brazilian television that he had spoken to the Blaugrana.

“The truth is that there has never been anything concrete between Barcelona and I,” he told Arena Sport cameras.

“I am very happy to be playing for Milan. If I wasn’t, then I would not have renewed my contract to June 2016.

“Barcelona are a side that everyone talks about, because they play spectacular football and are the champions of Europe.

“However, I don’t think Milan are too far off Barça.”

AC Milan close on El Shaarawy
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It is reported that Milan are on the verge of snapping up Italy Under-21 talent Stephan El Shaarawy from Genoa.

The 18-year-old playmaker, who has an Egyptian father and Italian mother, declared this week he is a Rossoneri supporter.

It’s believed he could arrive in a co-ownership deal worth €7m plus half of Alexander Merkel’s contract.

Milan and Genoa were already in talks this week after a huge exchange deal regarding Marco Amelia, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Giacomo Beretta, Rodney Strasser, Gianmarco Zigoni and Nnamdi Oduamadi.

It’s suggested the sides could continue this process by handing Merkel over to Genoa for next season while El Shaarawy comes to San Siro.

El Shaarawy spent the current term on loan at Serie B team Padova.

Update on AC Milan's transfer moves
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Milan chief Adriano Galliani has responded to questions on Mr X, Kaka, Marco Borriello, Ganso, Stephan El Shaarawy, Thiago Silva and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Surrounded by journalists at the Lega Calcio offices in Milan this morning, Galliani talked transfers.

"If Mr X arrives then he will come at the end of August, during the last few days of the transfer window,” he stated. “And it will only be one signing.”

The identity of Mr X, a left-sided midfielder, remains a mystery, but Galliani did reveal which players wouldn’t arrive.

"Kaka won't return to Milan, that is 100 per cent certain. Not even on loan, because the problem is also his salary,” he said after speaking with his agent father Bosco Leite this week.

“We didn’t talk about Kaka, but about Digao’s contract. There is still no signature, but we have reached an agreement to terminate it.

“Bayern Munich’s Schweinsteiger? No, he won’t arrive.”

The Rossoneri employee also dismissed claims that he’s heading off to South America to watch Ganso and rejected suggestions that Borriello would be returning to Milan.

"I won't travel to Brazil to see Ganso in the Copa Libertadores Final, because he won't be playing anyway.

"Roma will definitely buy out Borriello’s contract once his loan expires. It’s not true that he is a problem for Roma.”

On Genoa teen sensation El Shaarawy, Galliani said: "I'm happy to hear that he is a Milan fan. We will see if he arrives in the future.”

And finally, Galliani commented on yesterday’s stories that Barcelona were preparing a bid for Thiago Silva.

"I didn’t fall off my chair when I heard that Barcelona are interested in Silva,” he underlined.

“He's the best defender in the world, so it's normal that the best team in the world wants to sign him.

"I saw all of this coming. That's why I renewed Silva's contract until 2016. Thiago Silva will definitely not leave Milan."

Mexes targets September return
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New Milan defender Philippe Mexes is hoping to be back in competitive action by September.

Mexes hasn’t played since he damaged knee ligaments in Roma’s home defeat to Juventus last April.

Talking to RMC Sports, the Rossoneri’s Bosman summer signing admitted that he hopes to be available for France’s September 2 clash against Albania.

“I have to admit that I am thinking about that game,” he said. “I want to be there and I’ll do all that I can to make it.

“I’ve been in Toulouse for the last two months working on my rehabilitation. I’m just focused on being fit again as soon as possible in order to play alongside my teammates.

“The season at Milan will start on July 12. At the moment everything is going well. I’m doing my best to get back into action quickly.”

Oddo at AC Milan's disposal
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Massimo Oddo says he would be willing to leave Milan this summer, but nobody has come forward for his signature.

“I have a contract with Milan and I’m just focusing on being ready for pre-season,” the 35-year-old noted.

“However, if the club told me that I was no longer needed then I would consider some other options.

“Nevertheless, up until now, I haven’t heard from anybody. I have a year left on my contract and I will just respect that.”

The right-back, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, was rarely used last season after making just seven League appearances for a total of 433 minutes.

“I always look to be at the disposal of the Coach,” he added. “I would have liked to have played more, but I was always ready when called upon.”

Thiago Silva 'Barcelona words distorted'
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Thiago Silva’s agent has reassured supporters “he is very happy at Milan and his words were distorted” regarding talks with Barcelona.

The fans were stunned when stories emerged from Brazil that he had told TV Esporte Interativo he was in negotiations with the Nou Camp side.

“I want to calm everyone straight away,” agent Paulo Tonietto told Calciomercatoweb and the official Milan website.

“His words were distorted and came from his answer to a question that was badly interpreted by the interviewer and newspapers.

“Thiago Silva is very happy at Milan and only recently renewed his contract. If he did not intend to respect it, he wouldn’t have renewed to 2016.

“Besides, at this moment he is probably the most expensive player in the world. There is absolutely nothing in this story.

“His only thoughts are for the Copa America this summer, then winning the Champions League with Milan. It won’t be easy, but it is an important objective for the whole team.”

Serie A 2011-12 starts August 28
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The 2011-12 Serie A season kicks off and concludes with evening rounds on August 28 and May 13 with a long winter break.

Today’s meeting of the top flight clubs ratified the dates of the new campaign.

The opening round is on August 28 with two Saturday games at 18.00 and 20.00 UK time, one at 18.00 on Sunday and the rest at 20.00.

There will be a long Christmas break from December 19 to January 7, while the League ends on May 13, 2012 with all the kick-offs at 20.00 UK time.

The dates for the Coppa Italia were also mapped out, starting on August 14 and joined by Serie A sides in November.

The top seeds enter the fray in January, while the one-off Final is again at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on May 20.

This was all confirmed after Atalanta, Siena and Novara were promoted from Serie B.

AC Milan complete Genoa swaps
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Milan have officially completed a big swap deal with Genoa involving Marco Amelia, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Giacomo Beretta.

The Rossoneri released a statement on the club website this afternoon confirming the numerous deals.

“AC Milan announce that certain transfer moves were concluded today with Genoa CFC,” read the note.

“The Rossoneri club signed on a permanent basis Marco Amelia, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Rodney Strasser and Gianmarco Zigoni.

“The club sold Sokratis Papastathopoulos on a permanent basis and renewed the co-ownership of Giacomo Beretta.”

Many of these players, such as Amelia and Strasser, were already co-owned or on loan this season.

Papastathopoulos joins former Milan defender Kakha Kaladze at Genoa.

Thiago Silva: 'I talked to Barcelona'
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Thiago Silva has sent shockwaves through Milan by admitting: “I have talked to Barcelona. Now it’s up to them to discuss it with the club.”

The Brazilian has long been a target for Spanish giants Barca and Real Madrid, but up until now had been adamant he would not leave San Siro.

“I have talked to Barcelona, it is something I can say now that I have given myself this chance,” he was quoted as saying by Brazilian TV Esporte Interactivo.

“Now it’s up to them to discuss it with the club, seeing as not long ago I renewed my contract with Milan until 2016.”

It remains to be seen how accurate these quotes are and whether the defender will issue another statement to clarify the situation.

The centre-back was one of the best performers in Milan’s Scudetto-winning campaign.

El Shaarawy dreams of AC Milan
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Genoa teen sensation Stephan El Shaarawy says he’d rather join Milan one day than Inter or Juventus.

“Inter and Juventus are two great teams, but I dream of playing for Milan,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I’ve always been a Milan fan since I was a small boy and it would be an honour to play alongside such champions as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Milan is a dream and I have always looked up to Kaka. Some people have compared me to him – I’ve always liked him as a player and as a man.

“I’d love to play with him too, at Real or Milan, wherever…”

El Shaarawy, the 18-year-old Italian whose father is Egyptian, is wanted by a number of clubs after impressing on loan at Padova this season.

However, Genoa sporting director Stefano Capozucca has insisted that the player will return to Marassi for 2011-12.

“El Shaarawy has done well, but he’ll now come back to Genoa to stay in order for him to grow. Hopefully he’ll live up to his potential.”

Kaka's dad talks to AC Milan
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The father of Kaka has denied that his visit to Milan today had anything to do with the Real Madrid ace.

Bosco Leite, who also acts as the player’s agent, was spotted at the Rossoneri’s Via Turati headquarters.

His presence inevitably started whispers of a Milan return for Kaka, but the Brazilian quickly ruled that out.

“Ricardo is not leaving Real Madrid,” Bosco Leite stated.

It’s likely that he visited the Italian club on Monday to sort out the contract of Digao, his other son, whose Milan contract has recently been rescinded.

Kaka’s future at Real is in doubt after his spell in Spain so far has been affected by poor form and fitness issues.

He’s been linked with a return to Serie A on numerous occasions, including a switch to Inter only last week.

That story suggested that Real were willing to loan Kaka to the Nerazzurri as part of a deal to sign Douglas Maicon.

Kaka, who spent six years with Milan, earns a reported €10m a season and joined Real for a massive €67m in 2009.

AC Milan keep an eye on Eriksen
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Milan are one of numerous top clubs taking a keen interest in young Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The 19-year-old is highly-rated in the European game and it is claimed that the Italian giants are monitoring him.

The international, who has appeared for his country from Under-17 level right up until full level, plays his club football with Ajax.

He joined the Dutch outfit in 2008, after three years with OB, for a fee believed to be around €1m.

The youngster, also linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona, is contracted to Ajax until 2014.

Genoa to make El Shaarawy call
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The agent of teen sensation Stephan El Shaarawy will soon hold talks with Genoa over his client’s future.

The 18-year-old has spent this season on loan in Serie B with Padova and was a major inspiration as they reached the play-off Final.

However, Novara pipped them to the last spot in the top Division and El Shaarawy has seen his name linked with some big clubs.

“We’ll have to see what happens,” agent Roberto La Florio stated. “I’ll have a meeting with Genoa President Enrico Preziosi.

“The President has previously told me that the plan was to keep him at Genoa in order to let him experience Serie A.

“However, there are a lot of sides who are interested in him and Milan have spoken directly to Preziosi.”

Nevertheless, while the youngster may find it tough to appear for the Rossoneri with regularity, his representative feels that El Shaarawy would play at Marassi.

“If Genoa decide to keep him then I think it will be to increase his value, therefore I believe he will be a regular in the first team as Alberto Malesani, if he is the Coach, plays with a 4-3-3.”

Malesani yesterday confirmed that he would succeed Davide Ballardini at the Stadio Ferraris, although he suggested that he will play with a 3-4-3.

Yepes 'targeting AC Milan title'
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Mario Yepes concedes the Champions League “will be difficult, but Milan are targeting another Scudetto.”

The Colombian became an unexpected fan favourite in this title-winning campaign.

“I was always convinced that I was up to Milan’s standards,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“At the start I was sad, as everyone had a chance to play except me. Adriano Galliani did well at that time, and I’m proud to have proved him right in choosing me.

“Competition is further motivation. The more important players like Philippe Mexes arrive, the higher Milan can aim.”

However, Yepes is not entirely convinced his team can succeed Barcelona in Europe.

“I think Milan should target another Scudetto, as they start the season as favourites. There are better-equipped teams in the Champions League, as everyone has to work a great deal to get close to Barcelona.”

Abbiati appeals to Cassano
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Christian Abbiati has urged teammate Antonio Cassano to stay at Milan. “He needs to concentrate and find new motivation.”

Although his agent and Vice-President Adriano Galliani have both firmly denied reports of a move away, the media continue to suggest Cassano will leave to seek first-team football.

“It seems to me that in these months at Milan Cassano has started many games and come on for the second half in others,” goalkeeper Abbiati told the Corriere dello Sport.

“My advice? He needs to concentrate and find new motivation.”

It was reported Cassano would push for a move to Fiorentina or Napoli in the run-up to Euro 2012.

Stroppa stunned by AC Milan sacking
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Giovanni Stroppa is flabbergasted after he was sacked as Coach of Milan’s youth team. “They didn’t give me a reason.”

The former midfielder was at the helm of the Rossoneri Primavera side this season, but an announcement on the club website confirmed he would no longer be on the bench.

“I wasn’t the one to leave this job, but the club dropped me without warning and they didn’t give me a reason,” Stroppa told Milannews.

“I never had any sensation that things could go this way, as I am certain I did a good job, gave the side a precise identity and improved their performances from the previous campaign.

“Don’t ask me why I was treated this way, because I haven’t a clue. You’d need to ask the club.”

Cassano 'not leaving AC Milan'
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Stories of Antonio Cassano’s imminent departure from Milan are “a broken record,” moaned his agent.

Once again this morning the media in Italy reported on FantAntonio looking at Fiorentina or Napoli as a way of ensuring regular first team football ahead of Euro 2012.

“This is a broken record that has been going on for a long time,” agent Beppe Bozzo told Mediaset Premium Calcio.

“There is no reason to change club and Vice-President Adriano Galliani reiterated Cassano is not for sale, as he fits in perfectly with Milan.

“Competition with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Robinho is not a problem so close to the European Championship. I think a Coach should look to quality of performance rather than quantity.”

AC Milan look to Barcaelona's Keita
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Milan continue their search for a left-sided midfielder and are now looking to Barcelona’s Seydou Keita.

The Rossoneri have made it clear they want a reinforcement for that area of the squad and have been linked with names like Axel Witsel of Standard Liege.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, an older and more experienced candidate is Mali international Keita.

If Barcelona sign Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal, then Keita would be free to go for around €8m.

It is also important to note he has a French passport, so would not fall foul of the EU limits in Serie A.

Meanwhile, Milan are also in talks with Cagliari over their co-ownership of Davide Astori.

The two clubs cannot seem to reach an agreement on where to go from this summer, as the Sardinians have offered €1m for the remaining 50 per cent of his contract.

However, the Rossoneri value the Italy international at a total of €5m, so hope to buy him out in order to sell on to Palermo.

Pastore 'doesn't want to quit Palermo'
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Javier Pastore’s agent has led to further confusion by insisting: “He never said he wanted to leave Palermo.”

El Flaco’s situation is up in the air with new transfer gossip every day, but it seemed to come to a head this morning when the player was quoted as saying: “I feel that the time to leave Palermo has arrived.”

The Sicilian club immediately confessed he could leave if that was what he wanted, but now Pastore’s agent has come up with a different version of events.

“He never said he wanted to leave Palermo and he doesn’t think that either,” agent Marcelo Simonian told Calciomercatoweb.

“Did I meet with Chelsea? Absolutely not. It’s a false news story.”

Pastore has also been linked with Roma now that former Palermo director of sport Walter Sabatini has joined the club.

“Sabatini is a guarantee for Roma and someone who knows football better than any other. Will he call me for Pastore? I doubt that can happen, although I am always in contact with him.”

Palermo ready to sell Pastore
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Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini is preparing to wave goodbye to Javier Pastore after the latter said he wanted to leave.

The Argentine was this morning quoted as saying that “the time to leave Palermo has arrived” and Zamparini understands his position.

“I’m not offended,” he told Sky Sport 24. “I’ve almost resigned myself to losing him. He speaks to his agent more than he speaks to me and the big clubs want him.

“It is only logical that he could stay here for just one more season anyway. If he did then it would be with great pressure and it would no longer be the same Pastore.”

Although the Rosanero chief is willing to let him go, it seems that he will be looking for a fee of around €50m for him.

“I’ve already said how much he will cost on a lot of occasions. I paid €19m for him when he was 18. I expect offers to arrive to me via his agent,” he continued.

Zamparini added that he believes the South American playmaker, who it was thought had only cost Palermo around €5m, will move away from Serie A.

“I think he is too expensive for the Napoli of my friend Aurelio De Laurentiis,” the President noted.

“It will be difficult for the Italian sides to net him. Foreign clubs have bigger transfer budgets.

“The Spanish game is the one that will suit the talents of Pastore. Real Madrid would only sign him if they sold Kaka.”

Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City are the foreign sides who have been paired. In Italy, Inter, Roma, Milan and Juventus have been associated.

Pastore calls time on Palermo
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Argentine star Javier Pastore has announced his intention to quit Serie A club Palermo.

“I feel that the time to leave Palermo has arrived,” he is quoted as telling Fox Sports Radio Del Plata.

The creative midfielder is the Rosanero’s most wanted player and one who has been valued at over €50m by club owner Maurizio Zamparini this season.

Admired by some of Europe’s top outfits, Zamparini has recently started to admit that he could sell the Argentine this summer.

“Pastore is the only player who could leave. It all depends on the boy,” the President stated last month.

“He earns less than €1m and if a big club offered him €4m then it would be hard to keep him. Palermo can’t afford that and we have to balance the books.”

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus, Milan and Inter are just some of the sides who have been paired with his signature.

Yesterday Zamparini revealed that Napoli had shown an interest in the South American.

Pastore, who will feature in the Copa America, joined the Italian club for around €5m after a season with Huracan in his homeland.

AC Milan asked for El Shaarawy
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Milan have shown an interest in Genoa prospect Stephan El Shaarawy, the youngster’s agent has revealed.

El Shaarawy, who will be 19 in October, has seen his name in the papers recently after an impressive season on loan with Serie B side Padova.

Inter were said to have had a €10m offer rejected for him and Milan too have been associated with the attacking midfielder.

“There was contact from Milan for Stephan, but Genoa underlined that they intended to bring him home so that he could play for them next season,” agent Roberto La Florio told MilanNews.it.

“I’ve not had any real contact with Milan. There was a phone call, but not about anything in particular.

“I don’t know what will happen. I know that the Rossoblu and Milan have a good relationship, but I am under the impression that Genoa want to keep him at all costs.”

There is talk that a Milan derby will develop on the market for the Italian Under-19 international, but La Florio insists a number of other outfits are keeping an eye on developments.

“I don’t think Milan are the only club after him, there are other sides who are interested,” the representative added.

“However, up until now, there have been no negotiations or meetings about him. The clubs that have come forward have been able to talk to Genoa, but do nothing else.

“Inter? I don’t really know what steps they have taken. I just read the newspapers, but am not aware of anything concrete.”

AC Milan fly out for Ganso
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Milan officials Ariedo Braida and Adriano Galliani will fly out to South America this month to watch Ganso in action.

The Santos player has been strongly linked with the Rossoneri over the last six months, even if their interest seemed to cool recently.

Nevertheless, reports in Italy on Thursday suggest that Braida and Galliani will take a closer look at the player during the Copa Libertadores Final against Penarol.

Braida will take in the first leg on June 15 and he will be joined by his Vice-President for the return on June 22.

There is a potential problem though should Milan want to make a bid for the Brazilian international midfielder.

Italian rules state that only one non-EU player can be signed per season and the Rossoneri have already acquired Taye Taiwo. Those restrictions may change during the summer.

It is also reported that Milan could buy the player, but opt to loan him to a Spanish club in order for him to get used to the European game.

Alternatively, the San Siro giants could make a bid for River Plate’s Erik Lamela instead, an attacking midfielder who will soon be eligible for a European passport.

Mexes just wants AC MIlan to win
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Philippe Mexes has not joined Milan to become the next Franco Baresi. “Winning is enough for me,” said the stopper.

The Frenchman has joined the Rossoneri on a free transfer from Roma and is looking forward to the challenge.

“I want to give my best on the pitch for the club, the Coach, my colleagues and the fans,” he told Mediaset’s Studio Sport.

“I will have the honour of wearing this shirt for a minimum of four years and this club is the maximum for any footballer.

“I’m not presumptuous enough to think that I will be an heir to Franco Baresi or Alessandro Costacurta.

“Winning is enough for me. I want to lift as many trophies as possible.”

Mexes has been a familiar face in Serie A for some years now after making his reputation with the Giallorossi.

“I had seven wonderful years at Roma and they will always be in my heart,” he added. “I got to know Italy there and I hope that my former teammates do well in the future.

“I leave behind many friends and I’m proud of my time there. I say goodbye and thank you to everyone, my teammates, the club and my Coaches.”

Mexes also singled out Francesco Totti for special praise.

“Apart from his indisputable ability as a player, Francesco is a stupendous person,” he stated. “I grew up a lot alongside him and Daniele De Rossi.

“Totti, for me, is an idol. If it wasn’t for him then I wouldn’t be here today. I’m honoured to have known him. Totti is not a problem for Coaches, but for defences…”

AC Milan not an option for G. Rossi
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Giuseppe Rossi’s agent has dismissed reports that Milan could hijack Barcelona’s move for the Villarreal ace.

The Rossoneri have been tentatively linked after the striker’s recent heroics for Italy, but Federico Pastorello says he knows nothing of their apparent interest.

“I have never had any contact with Milan,” Pastorello told Sky Sport Italia.

Barcelona seem to be in pole position to net the former Manchester United player and the representative confirmed their admiration.

“Rossi could go and strengthen Barcelona,” he continued. “They have been following him with interest for some time.

“Giuseppe is 24 and he feels ready to play for a big club and Barcelona would be a dream come true for him.”

Rossi, also linked with Inter and Juventus, spoke about his future yesterday afternoon with Radio Kiss Kiss.

“At the moment I don’t know what my future holds, as the last few days I’ve been focused exclusively on the Nazionale,” he noted.

“Seeing my name associated with a great club like Barcelona obviously has a certain effect on me. At the end of the day we need to see what’s real and what isn’t.

“Are Barcelona my first choice? We’ll wait and see what happens.”

Maxwell not off to AC Milan
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Maxwell will not be leaving European champions Barcelona for Milan this summer, his agent has insisted.

The left-back was this week associated with the Rossoneri given that he is not a regular at the Nou Camp and because his agent is Mino Raiola.

The latter works closely with Milan and was the representative who helped them secure Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho last summer.

“There is nothing to clear up regarding the future of Maxwell,” Raiola noted. “He plays for Barcelona, he is happy in Barcelona and he will remain at Barcelona.”

Maxwell, who will be 30 in August, joined the Liga giants in 2009 after three years in Italy with Inter.

His previous clubs include Cruzeiro and Ajax.

Seedorf chose with his heart
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Clarence Seedorf insists he signed a contract extension at Milan without being promised first team football next season.

The Dutchman’s previous contract with the Rossoneri was set to expire this summer, but he eventually decided to accept a 12-month extension.

“I didn’t ask for anything,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “I didn’t meet with boss Massimiliano Allegri and yet I signed anyway.

“I just wanted to stay here.

“I was given no guarantees. After all, after 900 games in my career, what could I possibly have asked Allegri?

“My heart told me to stay in order to win the Scudetto and the Champions League.”

Menez laughs off AC Milan links
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Jeremy Menez has been heavily linked with a move to Milan, but his agent insists he wants “a renewal with Roma.”

The French creative midfielder has struggled for consistency at the Stadio Olimpico, especially under Vincenzo Montella.

It fuelled reports he would follow Philippe Mexes to the Rossoneri this summer.

“For the moment, Menez is staying at Roma,” agent and brother Kevin Menez told Radio Manà Manà.

“I read so many stories that he already has a deal with Milan, but the truth is that he is happy at Roma and does not want to leave here.

“It’s true, his contract only has one more year left to run, but it is up to the directors to discuss a renewal with my brother.”

Frenchman Menez has also been linked with Antonio Conte’s new Juventus.

Pato named in Copa America squad
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Brazil boss Mano Menezes has selected Milan’s Alexandre Pato in his squad for the Copa America despite concerns over his fitness.

The Rossoneri striker picked up a shoulder injury in the club’s last game of the season against Udinese on May 22.

Pato is one of six Serie A based players to be chosen, while Milan target Ganso of Santos has been picked too despite recent injury.

Inter have three players selected in the shape of Julio Cesar, Lucio and Douglas Maicon. Pato’s Milan teammates Robinho and Thiago Silva are also there.

The tournament kicks off on July 1 in Argentina where Brazil will be looking to defend the title they won in 2007.

The Selecao have won the last two championships and five of the previous six.

Goalkeepers: Victor (Gremio), Julio Cesar (Inter)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Inter), Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Adriano (Barcelona), Lucio (Inter), Thiago Silva (Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea) Luisao (Benfica)

Midfielders: Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Ramires (Chelsea), Sandro (Tottenham), Jadson (Shakhtar Donetsk), Elias (Atletico Madrid), Elano (Santos), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Lucas Silva (Sao Paulo)

Forwards: Robinho (Milan), Pato (Milan), Fred (Fluminense), Neymar (Santos)

AC Milan adventure excites Mexes
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Philippe Mexes can’t wait to wear the Milan jersey after completing his Bosman switch from Roma.

“I’m very happy about my new adventure,” he told Sportitalia after having dinner with Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani last night. “I will give my all to this team.

“What did I speak to Galliani about? A bit of everything, but don’t ask me who the famous Mr X is as I have no idea.”

Mr X is the club’s top transfer objective for the summer, but his identity still remains a bit of a mystery.

Galliani has confirmed that the player is a left-sided midfielder, but has denied claims that the unnamed target is Napoli’s Marek Hamsik.

Another possible candidate is Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel.

Milan official Ariedo Braida flew out to Belgium on Friday and watched Witsel miss a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Turkey a few hours later.

The Belgium international, still just 22-years-old, is thought to be worth in the region of €15m.

Gattuso rejects Russian switch
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Gennaro Gattuso has confirmed that he intends to stay at Milan until his contract expires in June 2012.

The 2006 World Cup winner has received an offer from Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala, but he’s committed himself to the Rossoneri.

"It was a decision made with my family in mind and Milan, who are my home,” he stated. “I chose with my heart."

The combative midfielder, now 33-years-old, joined Milan in 1999 from Salernitana.

Gattuso was also questioned for his opinion on his club’s transfer plans this summer and was inevitably asked about the identity of Mr X, the left-sided midfielder who the club will sign.

“I’ve got to be honest, I thought it was Marek Hamsik,” he noted.

The Napoli player has been heavily linked with a move to San Siro, but the Azzurri insist he is not for sale and Milan maintain that they have not made a bid for him.

AC Milan to make Menez offer?
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Italian champions Milan could be on the verge of signing Roma enigma Jeremy Menez, according to Mediaset.

Menez may quit the Stadio Olimpico outfit this summer, three years after arriving from French outfit Monaco.

According to the story, the Rossoneri officials have already agreed personal terms with the 24-year-old attacking midfielder.

Milan, who it is said are confident of landing the player for less than €10m, will now have to reach an agreement with Roma once the club’s takeover is completed.

Meanwhile, Milan are also being linked with Barcelona left-back Maxwell by reports on Tuesday.

The Brazilian defender, represented by agent Mino Raiola who works closely with Milan, is seemingly available.

However, the latter could only arrive if fellow summer signing Taye Taiwo is handed a French passport in order to free up a non-EU spot in the squad.

Robinho: No new strikers please!
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Robinho has told Italian champions Milan to not waste any of their transfer funds on a new forward this summer.

“One thing is for sure and that is that we don’t need any new attackers,” the Brazilian international told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We already have a lot of options and don’t forget that Pippo Inzaghi will be back too. He never gets old.

“Next season you’ll see Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato in devastating form,” he added of his teammates.

“They make a perfect partnership together.”

The Rossoneri will also be able to count on the attacking talents of Italy No 10 Antonio Cassano.

Meanwhile, Robinho admitted that he doesn’t expect Brazil teammate Ganso to leave Santos for his club side.

“It will be difficult to bring him to Milan,” continued the former Manchester City and Real Madrid player.

“He’d cost a lot and today Santos are the Barcelona of the South American game. He’ll have to think long and hard before deciding to leave.”

Italian Super Cup move rejected
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Despite calls to move the Italian Super Cup Milan-Inter match to San Siro, it looks as if it will be hosted in Beijing.

The game kicks off the Italian football season on August 6 and is between Scudetto winners Milan and Coppa Italia holders Inter.

Considering this is a local derby and the Copa America will make many of their stars already face international travel, the two clubs had requested a move to San Siro.

“There are a series of mechanisms we need to look over, but I believe we are going towards confirmation of the date and venue in Beijing,” said Lega Serie A President Maurizio Beretta today.

The Super Cup should be played at the Birds’ Nest Stadium.

Allegri: 'AC Milan never wanted Hamsik'
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Massimiliano Allegri reassures fans Milan “will sign important players, but we never went after Marek Hamsik.”

The Rossoneri have already secured Taye Taiwo and Philippe Mexes on free transfers, but the newspapers are full of speculation, including a push for Napoli hero Hamsik.

“We are looking for a Milan-class player in midfield with certain characteristics,” said the Coach.

“The club will sign important players for me to train. Hamsik? We never went after him, so it was all just newspaper talk.”

Negotiations are on-going with Standard Liege for Axel Witsel, but fans expect a big star signing.

“Adriano Galliani is right when he says we have time until August 31. Don’t forget last year Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived on August 27, then Kevin-Prince Boateng and Robinho came too,” added Allegri.

Milan secured the Scudetto in his first season, but Allegri pointed out it was far from simple.

“Napoli and Walter Mazzarri achieved some extraordinary results. We only built up a bit of an advantage over them and Inter in the final four or five rounds.”

Ibrahimovic: 'Three more years of AC Milan'
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic laughed off reports he will join Real Madrid. “I want to stay with Milan for another three years.”

Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo suggested he was pushing for a reunion with ex-Inter Coach Jose Mourinho.

“It’s completely untrue,” he told Swedish media. “I want to stay with Milan for another three years. I am happy there.”

Ibra was also asked about the betting scandal that has erupted in Serie A, B and Lega Pro.

“I read the newspapers. This all happened when I played for Juventus as well, but I don’t want to talk about it. I hope none of it is true.”

AC Milan 'need to raise Witsel offer'
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Standard Liege have confirmed negotiations with Milan for Axel Witsel, “but there is still a big gap between offer and demand.”

The 22-year-old Belgium international midfielder has been named as the main transfer target for that left midfield role.

“I will admit there has been contact between our club and Milan for the player, but there is still a big gap between Milan’s offer and our demands,” said Standard Liege President Luciano D’Onofrio.

The Rossoneri face growing competition for Witsel in the form of Liverpool, who are preparing their own bid.

Spanish reports: Ibrahimovic to Real Madrid?
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Spanish newspapers claim Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is pushing for a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

The story was floated by El Mundo Deportivo, suggesting the striker will once again work with his former Inter Coach.

However, there are several reasons why this seems rather unlikely to go through.

It was Mourinho who opted to sell Ibra two summers ago when bringing in Samuel Eto’o, who proved decisive in clinching the Treble.

Milan have only had Ibrahimovic for one campaign and he is looking forward to next season with a strengthened squad.

Plus the Swede’s past at Real Madrid rivals Barcelona would infuriate the Merengues fans.

Inter 'offer GBP 50m for Fabregas'
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English newspapers claim Inter are ready to offer £50m for Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas, beating competition from Barcelona and AC Milan.

President Massimo Moratti has long been an admirer of the Spanish midfielder and could finally be prepared to make an audacious bid.

According to The People, Barcelona are going to make a formal offer of £30m over the next few days, following up two years of very public courting by the club he played for as a boy.

Inter aim to fly past them in the race with a starting bid of £50m, hoping to get the transfer under wraps before Barca have time to respond.

The Nerazzurri could raise those funds by selling Wesley Sneijder to the Premier League, as he too is the subject of a £30m bidding war between Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Liverpool fight AC Milan for Witsel
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While Milan confirm they are in negotiations for Belgium international Axel Witsel, it’s reported Liverpool have joined the bidding war.

This week it has become apparent that the Standard Liege starlet is the Rossoneri’s number one transfer target for that left midfield role.

“We are in talks with the Standard Liege directors and made contact over the past few days,” confessed Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani to SportItalia.

However, The People newspaper in England suggests Liverpool are also making a play for Witsel.

It’s claimed they offered £8m for the 22-year-old, who missed a penalty in Belgium’s 1-1 draw with Turkey this week.

However, Liverpool are said to be eyeing Witsel as a replacement for Alberto Aquilani, whose future remains very uncertain.

Juventus continue to drag out their talks over a permanent transfer for Aquilani, who spent this season on loan in Turin, and are increasingly unlikely to raise their offer.

If Aquilani returns to Anfield, then it’s possible Liverpool will step back and allow Milan free rein for Witsel.

AC Milan close in on Witsel
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Italian champions Milan and Standard Liege have reportedly agreed a transfer fee for Axel Witsel.

Belgian daily Derniere Heure makes the claim, adding that an agreement was reached late last night.

Milan official Ariedo Braida flew out to Belgium yesterday and watched Witsel miss a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Turkey a few hours later.

It is understood that the Rossoneri will now discuss personal terms with the left-sided midfielder.

The Belgium international, still just 22-years-old, is thought to be worth in the region of €15m.

Change of Super Cup venue?
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The Italian Super Cup match between Milan and Inter may be switched from Beijing to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Italy.

The season opener, between the League champions and the Coppa Italia winners, was originally scheduled for China on August 6.

However, there is a possibility that the match may now take place in the city of Milan on August 21 instead.

The two clubs are worried about the logistics of playing the tie on the other side of the world with the Copa America also taking place this summer.

The issue is set to be discussed at a Lega Calcio meeting on Monday before a final and official decision is made.

Thiago Silva: Don't lose Ganso
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Milan stopper Thiago Silva has urged his club to sign his Brazilian teammate Ganso as soon as possible.

The Santos starlet was heavily linked with a move to the Rossoneri in recent months, but it has all gone quiet – especially after he picked up an injury recently.

“I have talked to Ganso and he is recovering in record time from his muscle strain,” Silva told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He wants to play in the Copa America and he wants Milan.

“I have read that the deal has come to a stop. I have read that he may arrive in December, but that’s no good, Ganso must be taken now. This is the right time.

"To me, it seems like Milan have very clear ideas on how to strengthen the squad. Next year we will try to win everything.

“With the right purchases, we won't feel envious of Barcelona. That's why I said that we must not lose any time with Ganso.”

Milan just ended the previous campaign as Italian champions, but the South American has grand plans for next term.

"I want to lift the Champions League trophy,” he continued. “It is a dream that I've had ever since I was a little child.”

The central-defender, who was handed a contract extension until June 2016 last month, is also glad to see his name omitted from the transfer rumour mill.

"Finally Real Madrid and Barcelona have understood that I want to stay with the Rossoneri for the rest of my life,” he underlined.

Hamsik staying with me, says Mazzarri
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Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri has silenced rumours that Marek Hamsik wants to join Milan. “He’ll be here next season.”

Although the Rossoneri have denied making a bid for the Slovakian, some sections of the Italian media remain convinced that the midfielder is wanted by the new champions.

Mazzarri, though, seemed unconcerned by the speculation when asked for his thoughts on the subject by RAI.

“I think that I have an important relationship with my players and I believe that Marek wants to stay here,” the tactician noted.

“He wants to play in the Champions League with our jersey on his back.

“The most important and most representative players will stay here in Naples for at least another campaign.”

AC Milan fly out for Witsel
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Milan director Ariedo Braida is reportedly in Belgium to scout Standard Liege winger Axel Witsel.

The Rossoneri have reiterated they want to sign a left-sided midfielder over the summer and 22-year-old Witsel certainly fits the bill.

According to Sky Sport Italia, director Braida has flown out to Brussels to view the player in tonight’s Euro 2012 qualifier between Belgium and Turkey.

The Belgium international is thought to be worth in the region of €15m and has long been on Milan’s wish-list.

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Another AC Milan 'no' for Pastore & Hamsik
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has yet again dismissed links with Napoli’s Marek Hamsik and Javier Pastore of Palermo.

“We only need one player and that is a left-sided midfielder,” the Rossoneri official insisted.

“Pastore is a playmaker and we are not interested in that type of player. We are not in negotiations for him.”

Argentine international Pastore is one of Europe’s most promising players and is valued at around €50m by the Rosanero.

Meanwhile, Galliani once again silenced whispers that the club’s real market objective this summer is Hamsik.

“We haven’t touched him and we won’t touch him,” the director continued.

Asamoah happy at Udinese
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Wanted Udinese midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah says he would happily remain at the Stadio Friuli outfit next season.

“I am in no hurry to leave Udinese,” he told Ghana Joy FM Sports. “The more you play well and the more you are noticed.

“I know that there are clubs who are following me, but there is nothing concrete with anyone,” he added.

“For the time being all that I am doing is waiting for next season to start with Udinese. I’m happy there.”

The Ghanaian ace has been paired with clubs such as Milan, Fiorentina and Arsenal following a commanding campaign for the Bianconeri.

Juve, Liverpool or AC Milan for Aquilani
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There is confusion over the future of Alberto Aquilani after his agent opened the door for a Milan move.

Juventus netted the midfielder from Liverpool last summer in a loan deal with the option to buy him outright for €16m.

However, that option expired on May 15 and it is unclear whether Juve will keep the Italian international or not.

“All season Juventus have always given me the necessary guarantees that they want to keep Alberto,” agent Franco Zavaglia told Tutto Juve.

“The next 24 hours will be decisive. Any eventual economic agreements will follow after Juventus make their decision.”

Aquilani has this morning been paired with a possible move to Milan and Zavaglia refused to rule out that possibility.

“Who wouldn’t like to play for Milan? Milan are a model club,” the representative continued.

“If Juventus can’t do a deal for Alberto and he has to return to Liverpool, then Milan would certainly be a destination that he would accept.”

Ibrahimovic: I ran out of petrol
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that he gave so much to Milan at the start of the season that he eventually ran out of juice.

Ibra made a sensational impact with the Rossoneri following his move from Barcelona, but he struggled in the last few months of the campaign.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: “I picked up two avoidable suspensions towards the end of the season, but my first six or seven months at Milan…

“I don’t think that I have ever started a season so well in any other side. But perhaps I burned myself out, I ran out of petrol, mentally and physically.

“But we are Milan, we are a great side, and there were other players who did their job well while I was tired.”

Ibrahimovic, who was a regular in the attacking plans of Massimiliano Allegri, was asked whether he’d be allowed to catch his breath next term.

“I don’t know, Allegri will decide that with the club,” he responded. “I’m paid to play football and I just have to do what they order.”

Milan won the Scudetto with the help of Ibra, but the former Juventus and Inter ace insists that is only the first piece of the jigsaw.

“We have a great project that we are working on and I’ll certainly be here,” continued the striker.

“We won the Scudetto which was an important step in the right direction.

“I’m a positive guy and I believe in the club’s plans. I just hope we can get to the very end as has been promised.”

Ibra scored 14 Serie A goals for Milan, the same number as teammates Alexandre Pato and Robinho.





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