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June 2014

Report: Arsenal still want Balotelli
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

It is reported that Arsenal still want to sign Milan’s Mario Balotelli, despite Arsene Wenger’s recent attempts to play down speculation.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old all summer, with Wenger keen to bolster his squad’s attacking options for the new season.

According to English tabloid Daily Mirror, the Italian international forms part of a double swoop planned by the Emirates Stadium boss, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender the other target.

Report: If not Iturbe, Lavezzi
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Sky report this evening that Milan would turn their attention to signing Ezequiel Lavezzi, should they fail to land Juan Iturbe.

Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani is said to have held talks with Iturbe’s representatives late this afternoon, but the San Siro giants know they face stiff competition from Roma and especially Juventus to secure the 21-year-old’s signature.

Should they be unable to sign their number one target from Verona, an alternative being mentioned is Iturbe’s fellow Argentine Lavezzi.

The forward, who spent five years at Napoli between 2007 and 2012, is said to be seeking clarification on his role at current club Paris Saint Germain.

Kaka could stay at AC Milan
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Ricky Kaka has not ruled out the possibility of staying at Milan, saying the only certainty is that he will begin pre-season training with the Rossoneri.

The Brazilian playmaker has been heavily linked with a move away from San Siro this summer, with Sao Paulo and Orlando City both having courted him.

However, in an interview with Terra.com.br, the 32-year-old insisted that nothing had been decided and that speculation about his future has been the same every summer.

“I’m not leaving,” Kaka said. “Every year during this period people speculate about my future a lot.

“The only certainty is that on July 9 I will need to present myself at Milan.”

Galliani meets Iturbe representatives?
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

It is reported that Milan CEO Adriano Galliani is currently in talks with Juan Iturbe’s representatives.

The winger spent the second half of last season on loan at Verona from Porto and has since completed a permanent move to the Scaligeri.

However, it was always thought that he would immediately be sold on for a profit and a host of top Serie A clubs, including the Rossoneri, Juventus and Roma, have been touted as possible destinations for the Argentine.

It is said in Gazzetta Dello Sport that the same representatives present at the talks with Galliani this evening actually reached an agreement to enable Iturbe to move to the Old Lady yesterday.

However, this has not prevented discussions with the San Siro outfit from taking place and it now remains to be seen what the eventual outcome of the saga will be.

Serie A TV rights decided
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Sky Sport Italia and Mediaset have secured the rights for live coverage of Serie A matches from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

The two television broadcasters have won the right to show all games in the Italian top flight for the three-year period, with revenues up €114m to €943m, it has been revealed.

Gazzetta dello Sport report that Sky have acquired what is known as ‘Package A’, which includes 248 satellite-television matches, with home and away games for eight teams comprising of the top four, as well as Milan, splashing out €357m for the privilege.

RTI meanwhile, who own Mediaset, have won Packages B and D, paying €280m and €306m, respectively. Package B is digital-terrestrial rights for the same games as Package A, whilst Package D is exclusive live rights for the 12 teams not covered in Packages A and B.

The two broadcasters had been in dispute, with Mediaset threatening legal action against Sky, citing the ‘no single buyer rule’. But with Sky backing down from Package B, the pair have come to an agreement.

There were however, two Packages which did not get awarded to any broadcasters - Package C included direct access with interviews and cameras in the changing room, whilst Package E was internet broadcast rights for three games per round.

Fox had been in the running, but have ended up, provisionally, with no live rights as yet.

All of the clubs voted in favour of the bidding rights holders, apart from Fiorentina.

AC Milan - Rami talks next week
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti has claimed that Milan will meet with Valencia next week to discuss Adil Rami.

The France international spent the second half of last season on loan at San Siro from the Mestalla, and was quickly established as part of the Rossoneri’s starting XI.

As such, the club are keen to sign the centre back on a permanent basis – something that may happen soon.

“We have meeting about Rami scheduled for next week in Valencia,” he told reporters.

“We only have to wait for Valencia to sort out their situation and then we can close the deal for Rami.”

Ghana send home Boateng, Muntari
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Ghana have sent home Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari from their World Cup training camp after a fight.

The former Milan teammates are reported by Ghanaian media as having been asked to leave the Black Stars’ team hotel by 8am Brazilian time today.

It is understood that the pair fought two days ago and that when asked for comment on it, Boateng then insulted the Coach, Kwesi Appiah.

Muntari is also alleged to have then ‘assaulted’ a Ghana management committee member yesterday.

As a result of these instances, Appiah is seen as having taken action and expelled the duo from the remainder of Ghana’s World Cup campaign.

The team are in action this evening against Portugal in a game they must win to stand a chance of progressing to the Round of 16.

Poli: Inzaghi may be like Capello
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Andrea Poli has hope that Pippo Inzaghi proves to be like Fabio Capello, as he admits to frustration felt under Clarence Seedorf.

The midfielder can look ahead to next season 100 per cent as Milan player after the club negotiated to purchase the remaining half of his registration last week from Sampdoria.

“To have been signed outright is a source of pride and satisfaction,” Poli has considered to Tuttosport today.

“I have great motivation for the next season, we want to make up for last year. I’d like Milan to return to competing at the top of the League, because that is what they deserve.

“It will take hard work, commitment and sacrifice for this. The team has big names but we must find the right set-up and I hope that everyone can play in their natural role.

“[New arrivals Jeremy] Menez and Alex have international status, they will help us.”

Poli will be working under new Coach Pippo Inzaghi this summer.

“Inzaghi certainly has had a good experience with the Primavera team because he won the Viareggio Tournament.

“I am told by everyone that he has a great enthusiasm and gives identity to his team. In addition, the group of players at Milan want to rebuild.

“I am not afraid of the inexperience of Inzaghi. I think back to Capello and I hope he is like him, from the Coach of the youth team to the champion of it all.”

Inzaghi replaces Clarence Seedorf in the hotseat. Mauro Tassotti and Giampaolo Pazzini have commented this week on the difficulties of working with the Dutchman.

“I had significant playing time for most of the season, whilst with the arrival of Seedorf I played less and, for someone like me who wanted to go to the World Cup, the choices of the Coach did not help, especially for those two months when I played less.

“The moment Seedorf arrived the group needed certainty and security, the changes that he wanted to make at that time were difficult to assimilate and a little more dialogue would not have hurt.”

The midfielder considered hopes for next season.

“I hope I can be the surprise of the season, we will not play in Europe and we can face the championship very well.

“I hope that Kaka can stay because he transmits a calmness to the group, he is a great champion.

“Balotelli? He is strong and can give us so much.

“Tassotti? I am glad that he stays, he is a great Coach and can give us the right mindset. He represents Milan’s golden years.”

Galliani defends Balotelli
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has come out in defence of Mario Balotelli, following heavy criticism of the player in the wake of Italy’s World Cup elimination.

The Rossoneri official believes there is a witch hunt against the 23-year-old forward, who was substituted at half time of the Azzurri’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay yesterday.

“I don’t understand why people are only criticising Mario Balotelli, the only forward who scored a goal and the only attacker who created goal-scoring chances,” Galliani said to Tuttomercatoweb.com.

“The other attackers did not even threaten. It almost seems that Balotelli has gone out [of the tournament].

“I don’t understand it, the concept escapes me. Obviously the only footballer Italy has is Balotelli, because everyone only talks about him.”

Galliani was also questioned on post match comments made by Azzurri captain Gigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi, who appeared themselves to be criticising Balotelli following Italy’s early departure from Brazil.

“Buffon and De Rossi’s words? They are not Milan players and I will keep what I think to myself.

“I’m talking about Balotelli who is a Milan player. I repeat, he is the only forward who scored a goal and who threatened to score a goal.

“You didn’t notice the others on the pitch in my opinion, so I don’t understand.”

Seedorf set for Inter?
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

There are sensational reports in the Italian Press this morning that Clarence Seedorf could be set for a new job – at Inter.

The Dutch tactician took over from Massimiliano Allegri at Milan in January, but following a disappointing campaign in which the Rossoneri finished eighth, was swiftly sacked to be replaced by Pippo Inzaghi.

Corriere della Sera claim that the former midfielder has been so unhappy with his treatment on the red side of the city, that he is willing to listen to offers from the Nerazzurri.

The paper believes that new Inter owner Erick Thohir is not convinced by Walter Mazzarri, and a bad start to the new campaign would see him sacked.

The Indonesian businessman is thought to be open to the idea of speaking with Seedorf, but is wary that bringing over a Milan legend could alienate fans.

Board members Javier Zanetti and Pietro Ausilio are said to be laying the groundwork for a potential deal.

PSG back in for Abate
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Paris Saint-Germain are seen as once more interested in Milan’s Ignazio Abate and are awaiting a response from the Rossoneri.

The Parisians have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old off and on for the past year and are once more listed this week as in pursuit.

Le Parisien are running the line that the cash-rich club are ‘greatly interested’ in picking up the Italy international this summer and report that the French have made contact with Milan.

It is believed that PSG are now waiting for the Rossoneri’s response, to understand their valuation of the player and if they are intending to sell him.

Abate’s current contract with Milan expires in June 2015 and it is generally accepted that after the World Cup he will either extend that deal or be sold.

Juventus have also been previously paired with a move for the former Torino winger.

Pazzini: Seedorf? There were problems
27.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Giampaolo Pazzini admits Clarence Seedorf had ‘problems with various people’ at Milan, but is motivated to be working with Pippo Inzaghi.

The Rossoneri endured an indifferent final six months of the season under Seedorf, before eventually seeing him moved out in favour of former teammate and Primaveva boss Inzaghi.

For Pazzini, the rumours of difficulties between Seedorf and staff at the club are not wide of the mark.

“There have been problems in the relationships with various people,” the 29-year-old has told reporters today, echoing Mauro Tassotti’s words from yesterday.

“It is shame that a situation like this has come about. What has come out is not all that has happened.

“Clarence’s mistakes? Without results there was a lot of effort. It is not easy to be a Coach. We are very disappointed for how the season ended, whilst in football you have to look forward.

“We hope to have a good preseason ahead of a beautiful season next year.

Working now with a renowned former striker is a particular motivation for Pazzini.

“I hope I can create an understanding. I’ve never played with him but he always had the reputation as being maniacal and paying attention to everything.

“I am very motivated for next season, since the last one was not positive. It is important for me to have a good year and I want to do well.

“I hope that he can create something beautiful, and I am happy to be coached by someone who has played in my role, I hope to learn a lot.

“I am an optimist and I am sure that I can take some advice from him because when he played he could always read the situations in front of him.”

Pazzini was asked of hopes for next season and whether it will be a case of once more competing with Mario Balotelli for playing time.

“I do not see it as I am playing with Mario for the one position in attack. Certainly, he is one who has special features and he and I are good together.

“Next season? We have to be immediately on track, restore enthusiasm with determination, fight and we want to recover what we have lost.

“We want to return people to the stadium after a demoralising season finale. In Bergamo we were playing for the Europa league, but Milan cannot be doing sums with Torino and Parma for the Europa League.

“Milan have other objectives, which are the League and the Champions League.”

Tassotti: It wasn't easy with Seedorf
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan assistant Mauro Tassotti has revealed the difficult working relationship he had with Clarence Seedorf.

The Dutchman was appointed as Massimiliano Allegri’s successor in January, but after guiding the Rossoneri to eighth, was swiftly sacked in May to be replaced by Pippo Inzaghi for next term.

And the former defender has admitted that it was tough working alongside the ex-Netherlands international.

“It wasn’t an easy relationship,” he told reporters. “But that is all in the past so it’s useless talking about it.

“I haven’t spoken to him since it happened. I tried to work with him in the best way possible by putting myself at his disposal.

“But you have to feel like it’s a collaboration, and feel easy working together – it didn’t feel like that.

“I was very close to leaving Milan.

“But then I was told that there would be a new man coming in and I was wanted as part of the coaching staff.

“I spoke with Pippo and with the club and decided to stay after that.”

Iturbe agent in Italy for talks
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Juan Iturbe’s agent has arrived in Italy, with speculation increasing that he will leave Verona this summer.

Gustavo Mascardi told Corriere dello Sport this morning that the Argentine youngster could well stay with the Gialloblu next term after they completed his signing from Porto.

But news has emerged that the forward’s representative has flown into Italy this afternoon, with reports claiming that he will be in the country to negotiate a move away.

Roma, Juventus and Milan are all in the queue to sign Iturbe, but Barcelona and Real Madrid are also thought to be sending representatives to the peninsula to talk about the forward.

The Serie A trio are currently favourites ahead of the Liga duo to land the 21-year-old.

Serie A to vote on TV rights
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The Lega Serie A will meet from today to decide on the allocation of television rights for 2015-18, as uncertainty remains between the broadcasters.

The television broadcast rights for the Italian top flight for the seasons 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 came up for auction last week, split into five packages based on the following:

- Satellite broadcast rights for home and away matches for eight teams including Inter, Juventus, Milan and Napoli, total 248 matches [Package A]

- Digital broadcast rights for home and away matches for eight teams including Inter, Juventus, Milan and Napoli, total 248 matches [Package B]

- Direct access - interviews, cameras in the changing rooms and various extras [Package C]

- Broadcast rights for direct matches between 12 teams, including Roma, total 132 matches [Package D]

- Internet broadcast rights for three games per round, excluding evening matches [Package E]

Sky Sport Italia tabled the highest bids for Packages A, B and C, outbidding Mediaset and Fox for Package A with a €357m offer, the same two companies again for Package B with a €422m offer and just Fox for Package C with an offer of €15m.

Mediaset, who provisionally hold Package D with a high bid of €306m, have taken issue with Sky’s winning bids for A and B and are reportedly threatening legal action arguing that under a ‘no single buyer rule’, the corporation cannot hold the rights for both digital and satellite broadcasts.

Sky are seen as countering this stance in holding that rules do not directly prohibit holding Packages A and B.

Nobody bid for Package E, but there remains a potential total windfall for Serie A, should Sky keep A and B and Mediaset take D, of more than €1.1bn, representing a €286m increase on the current three-year package that runs until the end of next season.

However, the Lega Serie A will meet from today to vote on the allocation of the television rights and it is seen that part of their decision will be based on balancing the potential increase in income against the risk of any legal action being taken by unhappy parties.

Suggesting a situation that may see the highest bidders miss out on certain packages, the League have until Thursday to reach an agreed-upon settlement.

The Gazzetta dello Sport report that any increase in television revenue to around the €1bn mark would see Juventus surpass €100m for their particular share, and the likes of Inter, Roma, Milan and Napoli all edge closer to nine-figure broadcast revenue streams too.

Iturbe may stay at Verona
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Juan Manuel Iturbe’s agent has reflected that it would not be an issue for the player to stay at Verona this summer.

Milan have been speculated as having already tabled a €25m bid for the Argentine-born winger and at least having opened talks, whilst Roma are also listed as increasingly prepared to come in with an offer.

However, according to the 21-year-old’s representative, all the cards are being held by the Gialloblu, having exercised their purchase option with Porto at the end of the season to turn his original loan deal permanent.

“If no-one makes the offer that Sogliano wants, what is the problem?” Gustavo Mascardi has asked the Corriere dello Sport.

“They have the best young prospect in the world. Why should they accept an offer from another club that does not suit them?

“I think that when you have a champion, you can sell them as you wish. Sogliano is very good and would not say never.

“We are not rushed, whilst as the Verona ds said, we will talk at the end of the World Cup. I am now in Spain for other business.

“Up to this moment Iturbe has been signed by Verona for €15m.

“Sabatini? He is a friend, in the last few days we have not spoken. I do not think that next week is crucial, also in the sense that every week can be decisive.”

Seedorf ready to fight AC Milan
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The Gazzetta dello Sport report that Clarence Seedorf remains determined to recoup at least €10m in compensation from Milan.

The 38-year-old retired from playing in January to return to the Rossoneri as Coach, only for an uncertain six months on the bench to be ended this summer.

Unable to agree terms on cancelling the remaining two years of his contract, which is due to pay out €10m in wages before tax, Seedorf is currently placed on effective gardening leave.

It is a situation that the Gazzetta dello Sport indicate today will not continue indefinitely, with the former midfielder due back in Italy after a stint in Brazil working on television as a World Cup pundit.

The pink paper anticipate a legal battle between Seedorf and Milan over that compensation, with Seedorf seen as having put together a significant team of American and Italian lawyers.

It is also alleged that Seedorf will push for more than just the wages due on his contract, but also compensation for ‘moral and material damages’.

Berlusconi: 'Balotelli not irreplaceable'
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan joint-CEO Barbara Berlusconi warned “Mario Balotelli is not irreplaceable," Kaka could leave and Juan Iturbe talks.

The daughter of President Silvio Berlusconi spoke to journalists during the launch of a Milan Cruise.

She was asked about Balotelli amid further reports today that Arsenal and Napoli are eager to sign him.

“Balotelli is a great player and a real Italian talent, but nobody is irreplaceable. We’ll see what happens.”

Ricky Kaka is another question mark, as he has a clause in his contract allowing him to walk away before June 30 and is linked with Sao Paulo, plus a future at Orlando City in the MLS.

“Kaka made history with Milan and I know he needs to make this important decision with absolute calm. If he stays then we’ll be happy, but we’ll have to take it into account if he does want to go.”

Berlusconi confirmed reports of an offer for Hellas Verona forward Juan Manuel Iturbe, who is rumoured to be worth €25m.

“Adriano Galliani and my father are working on it. This is a very solid club, among the best in Europe in terms of income,” she said in a Press conference.

“I can guarantee my father still wants to invest in Milan and will restructure it to become even stronger. I hope between 2019 and 2020 Milan can have its own stadium.”

Milan have a new Coach this season, promoting Pippo Inzaghi from the Primavera youth team to replace short-lived tactician Clarence Seedorf.

“Pippo has the winning mentality and I am sure he’ll do well. Our objective is to get back into the Champions League and hopefully his enthusiasm will prove contagious.

“Seedorf arrived during a complicated situation, he did well and I wish him all the best for the future.”

Man Utd track De Jong
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Manchester United have been linked with an offer for Milan and Holland midfielder Nigel De Jong.

According to the Sunday People, new Old Trafford manager Louis Van Gaal has specifically named the Dutch enforcer as his next transfer target.

A move would have potential for the 29-year-old, as Milan are eager to raise funds after failing to qualify for Europe.

There are suggestions Manchester United would be prepared to pay £6m for De Jong, who only has 12 months left on his contract.

It would also be a return to the Premier League for De Jong, who left Manchester City in August 2012.

Transfer blind auction results
23.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The results of the blind auctions are confirmed, including Michelangelo Albertazzi, Paulo Vitor Barreto and Nicola Bellomo.

When two clubs co-own a player and cannot negotiate an agreement for who will own him outright next season, they go to a blind auction.

This is where each side places a bid in a sealed envelope and the highest sum buys out the other half of his contract.

Defender Michelangelo Albertazzi goes to Milan after they put in a higher offer than Hellas Verona.

Torino beat Udinese to forward Barreto, while they lost Bellomo to Chievo.

Sampdoria lost midfielder Birkir Bjarnason to Pescara and won winger Fabrizio Cacciatore from Verona.

Modena bid higher than Udinese and will therefore keep hold of Andrea Mazzarani, but the Friulani won defender Neuton from Novara.

Orlando City confirm Kaka talks
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Orlando City have released a brief statement confirming they are in advanced discussions with Milan’s Ricky Kaka.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move away from San Siro since the end of the season and it now seems a formality that his second spell at the Rossoneri will come to an end.

“Orlando City Soccer Club is in advanced discussions with Kaka,” the new MLS outfit's statement reads. “Pending completion of the potential player agreement, Kaka would join Orlando City SC in January 2015 prior to the Club’s first season in Major League Soccer.

“The Club will have no additional comment until further notice.”

Kaka had also been linked with a move back to his homeland, with Sao Paulo having been strongly linked with the player in recent weeks.

AC Milan re-sign Saponara
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have confirmed that they have picked up Ricky Saponara from Parma, resolving his co-ownership status.

The two clubs were in talks today ahead of this evening’s deadline for all Italian clubs to determine 50-50 shares on players or risk going to blind auction.

Attacking midfielder Saponara has been confirmed now by the Rossoneri as moving to them in full ownership, for a deal worth a reported €1m.

“Ricky Saponara has been bought outright from Parma FC,” Milan have confirmed in a brief statement today.

The Diavolo have so far picked up full ownership of Saponara, Andrea Poli and Stefano Gori, whilst Alberto Paloschi heads the list of those to have had their status resolved in favour of other clubs.

Bursaspor in for AC Milan's Traore
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Bursaspor say that they have reached agreement with Milan and Bakaye Traore for the Mali international’s transfer.

Traore signed for the Rossoneri in summer 2012 from Nancy, but after making only a handful of appearances for the club, spent last season on loan at Turkish outfit Kayseri Erciyesspor.

Whilst having come to the end of that temporary arrangement, it appears that the 29-year-old will remain in the Super Lig, as Bursaspor have announced a deal.

The Europa League qualified outfit have reported that they have reached ‘an agreement in principle’ for Traore and that he has already passed medical checks with them.

Kaka 'almost certain' to leave AC Milan
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Sao Paulo President Miguel Aidar is ‘almost certain’ Ricky Kaka will leave Milan to join his club this summer.

The Brazilian icon has been linked with a move away from San Siro throughout recent months but, according to Aidar, the situation is almost resolved.

“I can’t talk,” he told MilanNews.it. “I am in Itaquera. All I can say is that Kaka’s arrival is more or less certain.”

AC Milan looking to sell Essien
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are hoping for a good World Cup from Michael Essien, but just so they can sell him for a good price this summer.

The Ghana international joined the Rossoneri from Chelsea in January, but Corriere dello Sport believe that his Italian adventure is only set to last six months.

The paper claims that Pippo Inzaghi has decided that the midfielder is not in his plans for next season, and is placing him on the transfer list.

The Diavolo, according to the sports daily, are secretly hoping that Essien has a good tournament, in order to persuade suitors to take him off their hands during the off-season.

Chievo buy AC Milan's Paloschi share
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Chievo have bought Milan’s half-share in striker Alberto Paloschi as Luca Campedelli admits: “He was one of our priorities.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for clubs to resolve co-ownership deals on players, the Gialloblu have confirmed that they have successfully negotiated to purchase the Rossoneri’s 50 per cent share in the 24-year-old.

“The confirmation of Alberto was one of our priorities,” President Luca Campedelli has commented today.

“And I am very happy to say that today Paloschi is 100 per cent a Chievo players.

“We are talking about a great striker who is only 24-years-old and a guy who in training and in games has always given his best to this shirt.”

Reports are that Chievo have paid €3m to take full ownership of the striker, who last season netted 13 times in Serie A.

Arsenal offer Balotelli EUR 11 mil. a year?
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Arsenal are increasingly being linked with Mario Balotelli and today are reported as ready to offer wages of over €11m a year.

The Gunners have emerged in recent weeks as a leading candidate to come in with a bid this summer for the 23-year-old, who Milan are believed to have made available for transfer, at the right price.

It is a situation seen as centred on a €30m valuation and that Balotelli’s agent has not outright dismissed as improbable.

Reports yesterday indicated that Arsenal have opened talks with Mino Raiola over a proposed deal and are also looking into the financial viability of a summer operation.

Numerous outlets in the UK are today running the line that the club have now tabled a prospective wage offer to the Italy international.

It is believed that the Premier League side are prepared to pay £180,000 a week to Balotelli, around €225,000, to amount to an annual salary of over €11m. The striker’s Milan earnings each year are seen as around the €4m mark, after tax.

Meanwhile, Tuttosport report that Arsenal may put forward Joel Campbell in negotiations with Milan, to lower the cash spend on Balotelli.

AC Milan, Verona talk Iturbe
20.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani and Sean Sogliano met yesterday and apparently discussed Juan Iturbe, as reports indicate he is Milan’s priority target.

Verona have activated a purchase option in the 21-year-old following an impressive season on loan from Porto last year and are expected to sell him on with interest seen as coming from a number of clubs.

Milan have emerged in recent weeks as one such outfit chasing the attacker and with their Vice-President meeting with Verona’s sporting director yesterday, speculation has followed on a possible deal.

Whilst both Galliani and Sogliano have indicated that yesterday’s meeting was primarily on resolving the co-ownership status of Michelangelo Albertazzi, a number of stories have suggested Iturbe was also a subject of discussion.

Sky Italia believe that Galliani has specifically asked Sogliano for more time to arrange funds for a potential deal, with the Gazzetta dello Sport reiterating that the Rossoneri intend to offload Ricky Kaka and Robinho first, to save on wages.

The pink paper also report that Iturbe remains Milan’s primary objective heading into this summer’s transfer window.

Meanwhile, the Corriere dello Veneto believe that Real Madrid are also in the picture and have opened up talks with Sogliano, who is said to be asking for bids upwards of €30m.

'Only 10 clubs could buy Balotelli'
17.6 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Mario Balotelli’s agent says only 10 clubs at the most would be able to afford to sign his client.

The Milan forward endured an at times indifferent club season but was back in the headlines for the right reasons on Saturday when he scored Italy’s winner in their World Cup victory against England.

Speaking to Sky Sports today, Mino Raiola did not rule out the possibility of the 23-year-old moving to Arsenal, who have been linked with the player for several weeks.

“Arsenal is a fantastic club in London,” he said. “Only 10 clubs in the world maximum could afford Mario, like all premium players. He is one of the greatest.

“I won’t make any further comment until after this transfer window closes.”

AC Milan keep hold of Poli
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Milan have confirmed that co-ownership for six of their players has been resolved, with Andrea Poli and Stefano Gori staying at San Siro.

Half a dozen of the Rossoneri players had to have their futures confirmed by Friday this week, and the club have revealed that two of them – Poli and Gori – have become full-fledged members of the Diavolo.

“There is time until Friday to resolve other players’ futures,” a statement read. “Meanwhile, Milan have resolved six partnerships.

“Two in favour of Milan – Andrea Poli and Stefano Gori. Four however, have gone in favour of the other clubs involved.

“Luca Bertoni to Carpi, Filippo Lora to Citadel, Filippo Perucchini to Lecce and Bartosz Salamon to Sampdoria.”

Schone agent denies AC Milan bid
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Lasse Schone’s agent has insisted that Milan have not made an offer for the Ajax midfielder.

The 28-year-old has become an integral part of the Eredivisie champion’s XI since joining in 2012, and as such, has been linked with a switch away from Amsterdam.

The Rossoneri are one of the teams thought to be interested, but his representative has claimed that the attacker will only leave for the right offer.

“At the moment there has been nothing concrete,” Rob Groener told TuttoMercatoWeb.

“Although I can confirm that his contract expires in 2015. Will he renew? Maybe.

“I honestly don’t know anything about Milan. There’s been no official yet.

“If a good offer from a good club comes in though, then we’d definitely consider it.”

Gremio in line for Kaka too
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Gremio have been linked with making a move for Milan’s Ricky Kaka this summer, to compete with interest from Sao Paulo.

Kaka is increasingly anticipated this summer as set for a second career exit from San Siro and a return to his homeland.

Whilst Sao Paulo have been listed as a preferred destination for the 32-year-old, as it would allow him to locate in the city where his family is based, reports in Brazil are that Gremio are emerging as credible competition.

The Porto Alegre outfit are believed to have upwards of €30m to invest in the transfer market this summer and are also reportedly seeking out sponsors to help fund a move for the former Real Madrid star.

Meanwhile, it is understood that Adriano Galliani has asked that Kaka confirms his intentions once and for all this summer by July 9, to allow for Milan to plan their transfer strategy afterwards.

Kaka, Robinho to fund Iturbe move
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Milan will reportedly fund an assault for Verona’s Juan Iturbe with savings made on Ricky Kaka and Robinho.

The Rossoneri have been linked with a move of between €25m and €30m this summer for the Gialloblu’s rising attacking star.

Whilst coming in spite of reports that the club are otherwise looking to raise funds in this market with a proposed sale of Mario Balotelli, the Gazzetta dello Sport have run through how Iturbe may be funded.

The pink paper believe that Milan are budgeting for such a move for the 21-year-old Buenos Aires native through the increasingly anticipated exits of Robinho and Ricky Kaka.

Both linked with returns to Brazil or with possible moves to the MLS, Kaka’s remaining year on a believed €4m salary and Robinho’s remaining two years on a €2.5m package amount to a total spend of €18m gross that Milan are seen as ready to instead put towards buying Iturbe.

Agent: Astori wants AC Milan
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As reports indicate he will definitely leave Cagliari this summer, Davide Astori’s agent says he’d ‘do anything’ to return to Milan.

The 27-year-old came through the youth ranks at the Rossoneri and ever since moving out to the Isolani, has been linked with a return to San Siro.

Whilst heading into this summer with speculation of particular interest from Lazio and Roma, Milan have again been reported as in the picture and have now been pulled out as the player’s preferred option.

“Davide would do anything to play for Milan,” Astori’s agent Renzo Contratto has told spaziomilan.it this week.

“We will talk to the new owners of Cagliari to find an ideal solution.

“He has the age and right maturity now to make the leap.”

L’Unione Sarda, meanwhile, are running the line that whilst the club’s prospective new owners have been making a ‘special effort’ to keep hold of the team’s best players, Astori’s exit looks ‘certain’.

The Sardinian publication assert that with the defender’s contract expiring in June 2015, he has apparently made clear he will not renew.

AC Milan officially sign Mastour
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As expected, Hachim Mastour signed his first professional contract with Milan on his 16th birthday.

The creative midfielder is such a star of the youth team that he has already received his first call-up to the senior squad, sitting on the bench for a Serie A match against Sassuolo.

Milan released a statement confirming Mastour had marked his 16th birthday by signing his first professional football contract.

The deal holds him to the Rossoneri until June 30 2017.

In Italy players cannot sign professional contracts until they come of age, which has led to many young talents going abroad when poached by clubs operating under different rules.

Mastour is such a promising player that he has already filmed a series of adverts alongside Brazil hero Neymar.

De Sciglio update
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Mattia De Sciglio feels he’ll be ready to face Costa Rica, but Gigi Buffon reportedly won’t return until Uruguay.

Italy won their opening World Cup game, beating England 2-1 despite losing two key players just hours before kick-off in Manaus.

Milan left-back De Sciglio was a particularly heavy blow, as it forced Giorgio Chiellini to go wide and brought Gabriel Paletta into the centre of defence.

“I am feeling much better now. I think I’ll be ready to play against Costa Rica,” De Sciglio told journalists.

The Azzurri face surprise Group D leaders Costa Rica in Recife on Friday afternoon, kicking off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

However, according to the latest reports it looks as if Buffon won’t be available for that showdown with the side that beat Uruguay 3-1.

The goalkeeper sprained his left ankle in a training session the day before the England game and it reportedly caused an inflammation to the tibial tendon too.

Salvatore Sirigu put in a fine performance in Manaus and the Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopper is expected to start at least the next match, possibly all the group fixtures.

This isn’t the first time Buffon has been unlucky with injuries at a major tournament. He missed Euro 2000 when fracturing a finger during a warm-up friendly against Norway and hurt his back in the first half of the 2010 World Cup opener with Paraguay.

De Rossi: 'Balotelli could triple goals'
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Daniele De Rossi warned Mario Balotelli “he’d score triple the goals if he made the right movements.”

SuperMario was on target for the 2-1 victory over England last night and saw another opportunity cleared off the line by Phil Jagielka.

“It’s not a bad start, is it?” grinned Roma midfielder De Rossi to journalists.

“Balotelli is a player with great quality and his goal was scored with the movement of a real hitman.

“He has the quality of the greatest strikers, but sometimes doesn’t move the way they do. This is a problem for him, as he’d score triple the goals if he made the right movements.

“Mario is starting to understand that now, as his teammates and the Coach help him. You can see he is beginning to mature tactically.

“In my view if Balotelli learned to run into space and stretch out the team, he’d become unstoppable, because physically there are no defenders who can hold him.”

De Rossi has played alongside and against some legends, but admits Steven Gerrard is one of his favourites.

“It is never normal for me to play against Gerrard. It always gets me emotional, I won’t deny it. Of course, on the field you’ve got to get stuck in there, but it is always a pleasure and an honour. He’s also a very nice guy, always very approachable.

“I cheered on Liverpool until the end, but they lost the Premier League title in an incredible way. Players like Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, Xavi or Iniesta never go past the apex of their careers.”

SuperMario sinks England
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Mario Balotelli and Claudio Marchisio secured Italy’s 2-1 win over England, as the Azzurri also hit the woodwork twice.

This game became even more important after Costa Rica’s shock 3-1 victory over Uruguay in Group D. The Azzurri lost Mattia De Sciglio this week and Gigi Buffon just hours before kick-off, so Andrea Pirlo wore the captain’s armband in a dual playmaker role with Marco Verratti.

Salvatore Sirigu got the gloves for only his second competitive cap, the first since September 2010, and Gabriel Paletta moved into defence as Giorgio Chiellini shifted to left-back. Roy Hodgson missed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but made a surprisingly attacking choice with both Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck, leaving Adam Lallana on the bench.

England hadn’t beaten Italy in a competitive match since 1977 and only faced them once before in a World Cup, losing 2-1 in 1990.

Sterling may only be 19, but he dived right into his World Cup debut with a screamer after three minutes that hit the side-netting. Jordan Henderson stung Sirigu’s gloves from distance, while Antonio Candreva hesitated and couldn’t get his shot away following a smart Pirlo dummy.

Welbeck also failed to make the most of a Paletta error, then Joe Hart showed uncertainty when allowing a Candreva snapshot to bounce off his chest. Mario Balotelli spun round to blast off target.

Andrea Barzagli was absolutely decisive on 23 minutes when Welbeck left Paletta for dead down the right, but the cross for what would’ve been an easy Daniel Sturridge tap-in was crucially intercepted by the Juventus man.

Balotelli should’ve done better on a Darmian pull-back, as he only glanced the header and in doing so took it away from Claudio Marchisio too.

Italy found a way through with a well-worked set piece move. A corner was played to the edge of the box where Pirlo’s dummy let it through for Marchisio, his Juventus teammate hitting a daisy-cutter into the near bottom corner past Hart.

However, it lasted only 120 seconds before England equalised with a counter-attack. They lost possession and Wayne Rooney put in a great cross from the left for Sturridge, as Paletta was again lost at sea. Oddly, England physio Gary Lewin injured his leg during the celebrations and had to be stretchered off.

Torino revelation Darmian was very impressive in his first competitive Italy appearance, surging forward to fire just off target.

In first half stoppages there were too extraordinary chances for the Azzurri to restore their lead. First Balotelli ran on to Pirlo’s through ball and drew out Hart for a lob that Phil Jagielka somehow cleared off the line, then from the corner Candreva thumped the base of the near post.

After the restart Sirigu beat away a Sturridge long-range strike, but it was Italy who restored their advantage. Candreva whipped in a wonderful cross from the right with his left foot that Balotelli nodded in at the back post. That was the first headed goal Italy have scored in a World Cup since Marco Materazzi in the 2006 Final.

England almost equalised within 60 seconds with Paletta again left behind by Sturridge, but Sirigu came to the rescue, then Rooney’s angled drive flashed across the face of goal. Steven Gerrard had timid penalty appeals, but seemed to run into Paletta.

Balotelli just failed to make contact with another dangerous cross, while Rooney didn’t make the most of springing the offside trap when his effort shaved a coat of paint off the near stick.

It was wide open and exciting in Manaus. Within 60 seconds Darmian had a shot charged down after his stunning first touch on a chipped Daniele De Rossi pass, then on the counter substitute Ross Barkley forced Sirigu into a save.

Candreva drilled wide when he perhaps should’ve sent Darmian through and Sirigu was grateful to see Johnson’s snapshot from a corner whistle past the post.

The PSG goalkeeper did well to parry a Leighton Baines free kick that had dipped over the wall, while Cahill was decisive when intercepting Ciro Immobile’s pass for an unmarked Marco Parolo.

Gerrard curled a free kick over from a dangerous position and Italy hung on during five minutes of stoppages, even forcing Sterling into a bookable offence on Parolo.

At the 93rd minute Pirlo thought he had scored a third with one of his trademark free kicks, but it dipped and swerved on to the crossbar with Hart stranded.

Immobile was one-on-one on the counter-attack and with practically the last kick of the game Cahill’s sliding tackle prevented him from netting.

England 1-2 Italy

Scorers: Marchisio 35 (I), Sturridge 37 (E), Balotelli 50 (I)

England: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard, Henderson (Wilshere 73); Rooney, Sterling, Welbeck (Barkley 61); Sturridge (Lallana 80)

Italy: Sirigu; Darmian, Barzagli, Paletta, Chiellini; De Rossi; Candreva (Parolo 80), Pirlo, Verratti (Thiago Motta 57), Marchisio; Balotelli (Immobile 73)

Ref: Kuipers (NED)

OFFICIAL: Menez signs for AC Milan
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As expected, Jeremy Menez has officially signed a three-year contract with Milan.

The French winger flew in this week to complete the move as a free agent, as his deal with Paris Saint-Germain expired.

He underwent a medical and today Milan released a statement confirming Menez signed a three-year deal.

“Jeremy Menez is a red and black player: he signed a contract until June 30, 2017. Welcome Jeremy!”

AC Milan make EUR 25 mil. Iturbe bid
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It’s reported Milan are offering €25m for Verona starlet Juan Iturbe, but face competition from Roma, Juventus and more.

The Argentina international is now owned outright by Verona, who activated their buy-out clause after a season-long loan spell.

However, Iturbe is not expected to remain at the Stadio Bentegodi, as his price-tag has rocketed thanks to performances this term.

According to today’s edition of the Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has given the go-ahead to a €25m offer for Iturbe.

The 21-year-old would be a huge investment for new Coach Pippo Inzaghi, joining Jeremy Menez and Alex in the side.

It is also reported that Roma and Juventus are continuing their interest in Iturbe, while several European clubs have set their sights on the young forward.

Del Piero: Inzaghi a gamble
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Alessandro Del Piero believes Milan’s decision to appoint Pippo Inzaghi as Coach is a big gamble.

The Rossoneri earlier this week confirmed they had sacked previous boss Clarence Seedorf and replaced him with former Primavera tactician Inzaghi.

“It’s a big gamble that Berlusconi has taken but he has gone for a boy who eats, drinks, sleeps and dreams football,” Del Piero, who played alongside Inzaghi while the pair were at Juventus, told reporters.

“I don’t know how he will do as a Coach because it’s a new experience. It is a good challenge that Milan have decided to undertake. I wish him luck because I have won a lot with him.”

Monaco to offer EUR 30 mil. for Balotelli
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Milan are preparing themselves for a €30m bid from Monaco for Mario Balotelli, it has been claimed.

BeIn Sports have revealed this afternoon that the Rossoneri are braced for a big-money offer from the French side for their Italy international.

Tuttosport had claimed on Friday that the Diavolo could be willing to swap Balotelli for Radamel Falcao over the summer.

But the Al-Jazeera-owned station has insisted that the Ligue 1 team are ready to spend big on the former Manchester City man, with the Colombia goalscorer preferring a switch to a club playing Champions League football.

Falcao has endured a terrible time on the French Riviera, injuring his cruciate ligament just six months into his career in Ligue 1, and missing the World Cup.

The ex-Atletico Madrid man is thought to want a move away from France, but prefers a team in the Champions League over San Siro.

Despite that, Monaco’s interest in Mario is not over, and will go all-out to bring him after the World Cup.

Berlusconi: Champions League next season
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Barbara Berlusconi has claimed that Milan’s objective for next season is to qualify for the Champions League.

The Rossoneri endured a terrible campaign last time, finishing in eighth place and failing to make any European competition.

But with Alex and Jeremy Menez already confirmed as new signings, and Pippo Inzaghi coming in as Coach, the board member has revealed that the San Siro outfit are hoping for a top three finish.

“We have met with Mr. Inzaghi to play for next season,” she told Milan Channel.

“We are working well and he is very enthusiastic. We want to return to the Champions League next season.”

Chievo close to Paloschi deal
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Chievo are reportedly set to meet with Milan today to ratify a deal to take full ownership of striker Alberto Paloschi.

The forward is currently co-owned by the two clubs and, having impressed with the Flying Donkeys last term, has been linked with a future away from the Bentegodi.

Gianluca Di Marzio’s website are running the line that Milan and Chievo are today set to meet and that by the end of the day a deal for the latter to take full ownership of the player could be reached.

It is understood that the two clubs are negotiating at between €3m and €4m for the Gialloblu to pay for Paloschi’s remaining 50 per cent registration.

AC Milan eye Balotelli - Falcao swap?
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Milan are reported as once more open to offers for Mario Balotelli and suggested as considering a swap proposal involving Radamel Falcao.

The Colombian’s current side Monaco have been listed as one club interested in a potential summer bid for the Rossoneri’s Balotelli, who is seen in Italy as available for transfer by his club, should an offer upwards of €30m come in.

Tuttosport today are running the line that prospective talks with the Ligue 1 side, however, may involve a swap deal, rather than a cash purchase.

It is alleged that Adriano Galliani has been in continued contact with Nelio Lucas, owner of the Doyen Sports Investments Group that are seen to still hold an unspecified percentage cut in Falcao’s registration.

The report is that Galliani and Lucas’ ‘good relationship’ has Milan with a mind to consider asking for Falcao in an exchange deal involving Balotelli.

It is understood that the Colombia international, who is missing this year’s World Cup due to a serious knee injury, has made clear he wants to leave the principality this summer to re-launch his career.

De Sciglio sigh of relief
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Mattia De Sciglio will miss the England game, but remain in Brazil with Italy’s World Cup squad after a muscular injury.

The Milan full-back pulled up during training today and went to a local hospital for more in-depth tests.

De Sciglio has been diagnosed with a muscle contracture in the left femoral bicep, but not a full-blown strain.

This means he will miss the opening game against England on Saturday night, but stay with the squad for the remainder of the tournament.

“De Sciglio will stay with us,” explained chief medic Professor Castellacci.

“There are also no concerns for the second game against Costa Rica.”

Italy will play Costa Rica in Recife on Friday June 20 at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

There had been genuine fears De Sciglio could be ruled out for the rest of the World Cup, allowing Cesare Prandelli to call up a replacement up to 24 hours before the first match.

Potential stand-ins would be Andrea Ranocchia, Christian Maggio, Manuel Pasqual or even Zenit’s Domenico Criscito.

Menez: 'Happy to join AC Milan'
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Jeremy Menez has arrived to complete his Milan transfer and assures he has “grown a great deal” since Roma.

The Frenchman landed at Linate airport this evening and was met by CEO Adriano Galliani, who’ll take him out to dinner before tomorrow morning’s medical.

“I am very happy and I want to win as always, as I did with PSG,” 27-year-old Menez told MilanNews.it.

“Why Milan? Because they are a great team and a great club. I hope to do well here. I haven’t spoken to any of the French players at Milan yet.”

This is a return to Serie A for Menez, who was temperamental at Roma from 2008 to 2011, as he is a free agent after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.

“What is the difference between the Menez at Roma and now? You’ll see that on the pitch. I have grown a great deal compared to four years ago and I want to prove that on the field.”

'Sao Paulo would want Kaka'
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Sao Paulo President Carlos Miguel Aidar says his club would be ready to open negotiations with Ricky Kaka, should the player want the same.

The Brazilian’s future at current club Milan is uncertain, with reports this morning claiming he will decide whether or not to move back to his homeland by the end of this month.

In an interview with ESPN today, Aidar admitted a potential return for Kaka to Sao Paulo is out of his hands but said he retains hope that a deal can be done.

“Officially, all I can tell you is that Kaka won’t come back to Sao Paulo unless he wants to himself,” Aidar stated.

“It’s certain that if he shows himself to be interested in a return we would be all too ready to open a dialogue with him.

“To get him to come back we will also have to speak to FIFA to see whether we could increase the number of players in our squad.

“Often in football things seem impossible but then they happen. In this case with Kaka, that could happen.”

Lim to decide on Rami future
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New Valencia owner Peter Lim is set to decide what figure is acceptable for Milan to purchase Adil Rami.

The France international spent the second half of last season on loan with the Rossoneri and after a series of impressive performances is wanted by the club on a full-time basis.

Spanish paper Superdeporte claims that the Diavolo’s option to buy Rami for €7m has expired and an offer of €4m was rejected.

The sports daily believes that the transfer will eventually happen - perhaps as early as this weekend - but Lim will set the defender’s price.

Gazzetta Dello Sport say that now Pippo Inzaghi has been confirmed as Clarence Seedorf’s replacement, Adriano Galliani can focus on transfers, with Rami among the deals on the agenda.

Kaka future decided before June 30
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Kaka’s future will be decided before the end of the month, with reports that he could move back to Brazil this summer.

The Milan playmaker has been linked with a switch away from San Siro, with some suggesting that the Rossoneri will decide to either sell the former Ballon d’Or winner or Keisuke Honda.

Both failed to impress in a dismal season for the Diavolo last time out, and Sky Sport Italia claim that the Selecao international will make his intentions clear before June 30.

Sao Paulo have been rumoured to be interested in Kaka’s services – as have new MLS outfit Orlando City.

AC Milan look to Madrid's Casemiro
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It’s reported new Milan Coach Pippo Inzaghi’s next transfer target is Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.

The Rossoneri have already snapped up defender Alex and are expected to complete their swoop for out of contract PSG man Jeremy Menez on Thursday.

According to Sportmediaset, Inzaghi spoke to Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti about the possibility of taking 22-year-old Casemiro to San Siro.

The deal would be on loan with option to buy for €6m, giving the Brazilian more playing time than he’s experienced in Spain.

Casemiro arrived in Madrid on loan from Sao Paulo in January 2013 and made the move permanent in June that year for a reported €6m.

He has only managed 25 total appearances for the Real Madrid senior team, failing to score a goal.

Mexes to PSG?
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Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo report that Milan defender Phillipe Mexes is set to secure a transfer to PSG.

The Rossoneri’s recent acquisition of Brazilian centre-back Alex, who himself arrived from the French champions, is said to have made Mexes surplus to requirements at San Siro.

The 32-year-old is claimed to be keen on moving back to his homeland and the report states he would be a replacement for Marquinhos, who is wanted by Barcelona.

The Catalan giants are currently said to be in negotiations for defender Marquinhos’ signature, but PSG reportedly want to bring in Mexes as cover before allowing their current player to leave.

Gattuso: I'd love to coach AC Milan
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Gennaro Gattuso is happy with Pippo Inzaghi’s appointment as Milan Coach but would one day love the job himself.

The former Rossoneri midfielder has recently been appointed as Greek side OFI Crete’s new boss, having also had spells in charge of Sion and Palermo.

In an interview with Corriere Dello Sport, the 36-year-old declared his happiness for former teammate Inzaghi but did not deny he wants to return to San Siro at some stage.

“Inzaghi will ensure Milan’s history is respected,” Gattuso said. “He will make it understood that technical and physical qualities are not enough and that behaviour matters too.

“I don’t deny that I am happy for Inzaghi, he has always shown his attachment to the Milan shirt.

“Me on the Rossonero bench? I would be a hypocrite if I denied that I would like to return to Milan one day.”

Gattuso also believes Milan should do their utmost to retain Ricky Kaka, who is still yet to decide whether he is remaining at San Siro.

“They need to start again with Kaka, he will be an important resource for Pippo.”

Seedorf dismissed by email
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The Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that Clarence Seedorf was notified of his dismissal as Milan Coach by email.

The Rossoneri yesterday officially confirmed the 38-year-old’s brief time on the San Siro bench had come to an end, with Pippo Inzaghi brought in as his replacement.

The Gazzetta dello Sport today report that Seedorf was only notified of the club’s actions to via an email.

Meanwhile, his contractual situation with the club is still up for speculation, with the pink paper reiterating their belief that for the time being he remains on the payroll until his current deal’s June 2016 expiry.

Brocchi takes over AC Milan Primavera
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Milan have confirmed that Pippo Inzaghi’s vacated spot with the Primavera side has been filled by former midfielder Cristian Brocchi.

The 38-year-old retired from the game in 2013 and returned to San Siro to head the Under-16 Allievi outfit.

On from seeing colleague Inzaghi’s promotion to the senior squad confirmed yesterday, Brocchi has now had his bump up to Inzaghi’s former post with the Primavera side also made official.

“Cristian Brocchi will be the Coach of the Milan Primavera for next season, after doing very well this year with the Allievi I-II,” read Milan’s brief statement on the news released today.

“Since 2002 this has been the series of Rossoneri Coaches of the Primavera squad:

“2002-2006: Franco Baresi

“2006-07 & 2007-08: Filippo Galli

“2008-09: Alberigo Evani

“2009-10 & 2010-11: Giovanni Stroppa

“2011-12 & 2012-13: Aldo Dolcetti

“2013-14: Filippo Inzaghi”

AC Milan and Sampdoria in double deal
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Sampdoria have announced they have sold their share of Andrea Poli to Milan, but signed Bartosz Salamon outright.

Both players had previously been co-owned by the Blucerchiati and the Rossoneri but the Genoa club have now confirmed this is no longer the case for either of them.

As a result, 24-year-old Poli will now become a permanent fixture at San Siro while Polish international Salamon will continue at the Luigi Ferraris.

“UC Sampdoria SPA announce it has acquired the sole sporting rights of the player Bartosz Salamon,” a Samp statement reads.

“In the same way, it has sold the sporting rights of the player Andrea Poli to the Rossonero club.”

Milan have also confirmed the double deal has gone through.

Inzaghi 'proud and honoured'
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Pippo Inzaghi says he feels proud and honoured following confirmation of his appointment as Milan Coach.

Though it has been inevitable for some time that the former Rossoneri striker would replace Clarence Seedorf as first team boss, the Dutchman was only officially sacked today.

The 40-year-old has been promoted from Milan’s Primavera team to the top job and, writing on his official website, he expressed his happiness at having made the step up.

“I’m very happy, today for me is an unforgettable day,” Inzaghi said.

“I thank the President Berlusconi and the whole club for their confidence and the prestigious professional opportunity they have granted to me.

“I’m honoured and proud to be the Coach of a team that has been my life for so many years. It is a team and a club with which I have shared joy and unforgettable moments.

“I will give everything of myself for these colours, passion and determination, as I have always done both as a player and as Coach of the youth teams.

“A hug to all Rossoneri fans. Forza Milan!”

OFFICIAL: Inzaghi appointed AC Milan Coach
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Milan have confirmed that Clarence Seedorf has been sacked as Coach, with Pippo Inzaghi coming in as his replacement.

The Dutchman was given his first managerial job in January, succeeding Massimiliano Allegri at San Siro following a disappointing start to the season.

The former midfielder however, was unable to change the tide at the Rossoneri, and led the team to an eighth place finish in Serie A.

Rumours have been circulating for weeks that Seedorf would be sacked, but first had to agree a severance package, with the board unwilling to pay the remainder of the wages he was owed after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.

But the club have officially announced that they have sacked the 38-year-old this afternoon, with Gazzetta dello Sport saying that they will put him on gardening leave and continue to pay him until the end of the contract.

A statement reads: “AC Milan wishes to communicate that Coach Clarence Seedorf has been sacked, and the first team has been entrusted to Pippo Inzaghi until June 30, 2016.”

Inzaghi has done wonders with the Milan Primavera team, but makes the step up for, again, his first senior management role. Gazzetta report he will be paid €700,000 per season.

'AC Milan willing to let Kaka go'
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The Corriere della Sera report that Ricky Kaka’s proposed summer exit from Milan looks increasingly likely.

The Brazilian international has on and off been linked with a second career departure from the Rossoneri heading into this summer, with MLS side Orlando City suggested as one destination, against proposed competition from the No 22’s homeland.

On from one of the player’s representatives telling Italian media of his uncertainty over the immediate future, the Corriere della Sera today update further on the situation.

The publication indicate that his return to Brazil remains likely and that Milan are ‘willing to let him go’, whilst asserting that his desire may hinge on personal matters.

Real Madrid eye De Sciglio
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Real Madrid are reportedly pressing in interest for Milan’s Mattia De Sciglio and he could be involved in a deal for Casemiro.

The Rossoneri have been linked with a move for Los Blancos’ Brazilian defensive midfielder, just as the Spanish have previously been reported as interested in Italy defender De Sciglio.

La Nazione suggest that the two possibilities may not be mutually exclusive, reporting today that Madrid are continuing with interest in De Sciglio and could see him dropped into negotiations involving Casemiro.

'Kaka undecided on future'
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Ricky Kaka’s spokesperson says the player has still not decided whether he will stay at Milan or return to Brazil.

The 32-year-old is in his second spell at San Siro but has been linked with a move away at various stages of the season.

He recently suffered the blow of not being named in Brazil’s World Cup squad and now, according to Diogo Kocko, he is considering returning to his homeland for good.

“Ricardo still hasn’t decided whether he will leave Milan,” Kocko is quoted as saying on respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio’s website.

“This is a phase of evaluation.”

Balotelli to Arsenal for EUR 25 mil?
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It is reported that Arsenal want to sign Milan’s Mario Balotelli for a fee of around €25m.

The Italy forward, currently on World Cup duty in Brazil, came in for severe criticism at times during his club side’s disappointing season.

This has led to him being linked with a move away from San Siro this summer, with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners widely reported to be a potential destination.

According to a report by English newspaper Daily Mail, the North London side are prepared to make a bid of £20m for the former Inter and Manchester City man, which equates to around €25m.

The article also claims that another of Arsenal’s potential transfer targets is Newcastle United striker Loic Remy.

Cristante sold for Rami cash?
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Milan will sacrifice Bryan Cristante in order to raise the cash for the signing of Adil Rami.

The France international was on loan at San Siro for the second half of last season and impressed despite the Rossoneri’s stuttering performances.

As such, the Diavolo are keen to tie up his signature permanently, but need a reported €7m to get him from parent club Valencia.

As such, Sky Sport Italia believe that Cristante will be allowed to leave the club and join Benfica in a deal that will cost €5m.

The 19-year-old had been seen as one of the brightest young talents at San Siro, but will depart for Portugal in the coming days.

Abate on Seedorf and Inzaghi
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Ignazio Abate says he remained professional and determined despite not featuring regularly for Milan under Clarence Seedorf.

The Rossoneri man cut a frustrated figure for long periods of Seedorf’s San Siro tenure, though the Dutchman is now set to be sacked as Coach.

Speaking at an Italy Press conference today, the 27-year-old also refused to comment on the prospect of Pippo Inzaghi replacing Seedorf as his club boss, insisting nothing has yet been finalised.

“It was a choice by the Coach and you need to accept it,” Abate told reporters. “From my point of view I always trained with determination and professionalism, so I got to this training camp in the best condition possible.

“We still need to wait for it to be officially confirmed. Let’s wait and see how the situation at Milan develops, then we’ll see.”

De Sciglio: 'Seedorf should have listened'
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Mattia De Sciglio says outgoing Milan Coach Clarence Seedorf should have listened more to his players.

The Dutchman arrived at San Siro in January and his four-month tenure saw an overall improvement in the Rossoneri’s results.

However, they missed out on Europa League qualification and the club are set to appoint another of their legendary ex-players, Pippo Inzaghi, as his successor.

Speaking to Sport Week, De Sciglio also revealed that Seedorf did not enjoy a good relationship with certain people at Milan but admitted that the team should have done better regardless.

“Seedorf should have listened to us more in order to try to find a bridge between his working demands and life in the dressing room,” he said today.

“However, we should have done more on the pitch, both for him and Allegri. The commitment wasn’t missing but the concentration was.

“It’s true that Seedorf didn’t get on with some people. Despite their disagreements their positions remained different, both on things that happened on the pitch and off it.

“Inzaghi will give enthusiasm and desire with a new style of play.”

De Sciglio’s own future at the club has come under scrutiny of late but he is determined to remain at San Siro.

“I knew I’d become a real player two years ago when Allegri for a training camp with Milan and I had the chance to train with Gattuso, Nesta and other big names.

“My last season has changed my value in the transfer market but I don’t want to leave.

“I wish and hope I can stay at Milan because I dream of Milan and I grew up at one of the best clubs in the World.”

Rami close to AC Milan
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It is reported that a deal between Milan and Valencia for the signing of Adil Rami is close to being struck.

The French international spent the second half of this season on-loan at San Siro and has done enough to persuade the Rossoneri to sign him on a permanent basis.

According to reports in the Italian media, the two clubs in question will meet next week to iron out the final details of a deal that is expected to cost Milan around €4m.

De Sciglio: World Cup a starting point
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Mattia De Sciglio believes that this summer’s World Cup will be a ‘starting point’ for his career.

The Milan defender has endured a difficult campaign suffering with a number of niggling injuries.

But the youngster has insisted that he can put that behind him and use the tournament in Brazil as a springboard.

“The World Cup is a starting point for me,” he told Sport Week. “At my age it couldn’t be anything else really.

“Going to Brazil was a goal I set myself at the start of the season, and I’m delighted to be going despite all the injuries.

“I haven’t played as well this season as in others, but that’s down to the injuries that I’ve picked up. It’s hard to play, stop for a month, and then try to go again.

“I missed the continuity that comes with playing all the time, but I’m confident in my ability.”

The Italy international then commented on his basic lifestyle and the frivolity of modern-day footballers.

“I have resisted the many temptations that are out there. I’ve seen my peers throw money away on cars, jewellery and night clubs.

“With my earnings I’ve bought myself a house. My parents have always left me to decide between football and school, but I don’t rule out going to university one day.”

AC Milan - Man Utd in friendly series?
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There are stories circulating in the Italian Press that Milan and Manchester United could play a series of lucrative friendlies next season.

Neither team qualified for any form of European competition last term, with both sides suffering their worst domestic campaigns in decades.

The Rossoneri finished in eighth place whilst the Old Trafford outfit lumbered to seventh place in the Premier League.

But Corriere della Sera reveal that they could make up for a lack of European money by playing a number of friendlies across the globe.

The paper believes that talks between the two teams are ongoing, but an initial idea will be to play against each other up to eight times across the year, with potential trips to Asia and America.

El Shaarawy: Inzaghi will do well
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Stephan El Shaarawy believes that Pippo Inzaghi will do well if he’s named as Milan’s new Coach.

The former striker is fully expected to become the new man in charge at San Siro once the Rossoneri agree a severance package with Clarence Seedorf.

And the 21-year-old has claimed that the Primavera tactician will make the step up.

“I know Seedorf is still the Coach, but if Inzaghi is named I think he can do well,” he told Goal.com.

El Shaarawy then had words for Keisuke Honda and Italy’s chances in the World Cup.

“Honda is a strong player. He hasn’t had many chances to show his talent, but whenever he’s been questioned he has always responded well.

“I think Italy’s aim is to get past the group. They have a young team and I think they can do well.”

Kaka or Honda to leave AC Milan?
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Reports in the Italian Press this morning claim that Kaka or Keisuke Honda will be sold by Milan this summer.

Tuttosport have suggested today that the Rossoneri will look to get rid of one of their trequartistas during the off-season.

Both flattered to deceive last term in what was a thoroughly disappointing campaign for the San Siro side.

And the Turin-based paper has insisted that the hierarchy at the club have opted to cut their losses and sell either Kaka or Honda.

The Japan international has struggled to adapt to life in Italy, but with a contract that runs until 2017, would cost any prospective suitors more than €10m.

The Brazil playmaker meanwhile, has been heavily linked with a switch to MLS outfit Orlando City and only has a year left to run on his current deal.

OFFICIAL: Alex completes AC Milan move
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Milan have confirmed that Brazilian defender Alex has signed a two-year contract with the club.

The 31-year-old underwent a medical with the Rossoneri doctors on Thursday ahead of his proposed move.

And after getting the all-clear, the San Siro outfit have revealed that the centre-back has put pen-to-paper on a deal that runs until 2016.

Alex had been available on a free after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired this month.

Amelia 'expected more'
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Departing Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia admits he expected more from his four-year tenure at San Siro.

The 32-year-old is leaving the Rossoneri, with the club having opted against renewing his contract, and is set to become a free agent.

Speaking to Tuttosport today, the Italian shot-stopper said he would have liked to have made more first-team appearances but denied he had fallen out with former Coach Max Allegri.

“I would have expected more from these four years at Milan,” Amelia said. “Maybe I would have wanted a little more continuity like last year when Abbiati wasn’t at his best and I played ten matches in a row.

“Then Allegri preferred Abbiati, but it’s not true that I fell out with the Coach. He made other decisions and I always put the wellbeing of the team before my own.”

Amelia then discussed his first couple of seasons with the Rossoneri, claiming that a dressing room row was the reason his side lost the Scudetto during his second year at San Siro.

“In four years a lot of things have happened. In the first year we started with some unknown players, but then with Ibrahimovic and Robinho the team became strong.

“In the second year we lost the Scudetto when we played Arsenal. There was a spat between the team and the Coach because the boss put two goalkeepers on the bench out of fear of sendings off.”

Finally, the goalkeeper assessed the effect of the still-current Milan Coach Clerence Seedorf since his appointment in January.

“Seedorf radically changed the way things were done and that might have destabilised the group. Relationships grew day by day.

“Seedorf is an intelligent person, the problems were because of the team. The players were individuals and not a group.

“He also learned that issues within the dressing room didn’t remain within in it – that should not happen.

“At least on a human level, I was able to offer something. I’m glad of the relationship I had with Galliani and also the backing of the fans.”

AC Milan still want Taarabt
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Milan are still reportedly keen on securing a permanent deal to take Moroccan Adel Taarabt to San Siro.

The attacking-midfielder had a loan spell with the Rossoneri from English side QPR during the second half of this season, but this has now ended.

Equally, the May 31 deadline set for Milan to sign the player for a fixed fee of €7m has now also passed.

However, respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims on his official website that prominent agent, Kia Joorachbian, is currently representing Taarabt in talks with Milan CEO Adriano Galliani, with whom he has an excellent relationship.

It is said that the discussions will continue, with the Rossoneri reportedly wanting to make a lower offer for the 25-year-old than the initial agreed sum.

Doubts over Balotelli, Kaka, Honda
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Uncertainty continues to surround the future of Milan’s front-line, with speculation around Mario Balotelli, Ricky Kaka and Keisuke Honda.

The Gazzetta dello Sport continue reports that Balotelli’s future with the Rossoneri may only be until the summer, if an offer upwards of €35m were to come in.

It is a situation that the publication alleges the player is also ‘anxious’ about, with Milan seen as keen to raise funds from his possible sale.

Meanwhile, the Corriere dello Sport describe prospective new Coach Pippo Inzaghi as ‘almost certain’ to be working next season without Balotelli, but also with doubts over other members of the team’s attack.

Links between Kaka and MLS franchise Orlando City have resurfaced, with it believed that the Brazilian is once more considering moving to America in January 2015.

Meanwhile the Rome based newspaper also say that winter arrival Honda, who has struggled for form in his first six months at San Siro is ‘likely to be sold’.

'De Sciglio, Darmian two arrows'
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Filippo Galli has reflected with pride on seeing Mattia De Sciglio and Matteo Darmian make Italy’s World Cup squad.

Since retirement, Galli has worked with Milan’s youth academy, which recently has produced De Sciglio and was where Darmian developed, before he came to the fore later with Torino.

To see the duo make Cesare Prandelli’s squad is a source of great satisfaction for the 51-year-old.

“De Sciglio is our pride and joy, I have seen him grow in our academy,” Galli has told the Gazzetta dello Sport today.

“He has a great personality and not even he knows how much stronger he can be. He comes from a troubled season in terms of injuries, but arrives fresh and charged for the World Cup.

“Darmian needed a different course, away, but I remember an old chat with Adriano Galliani, where years ago he asked me who I would bet on.

“I said without delay Darmian. He is always intelligent and skilled at reading defensive situations, now he has improved a lot on his path.

“These players are two arrows, with the future in front of them, and two respectable guys.”

Berlusconi on Montolivo, Balotelli & Inzaghi
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Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has admitted that Riccardo Montolivo’s injury is a ‘big loss’.

The midfielder is set to miss six months after breaking his leg in Italy’s 0-0 draw with Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

And after visiting the club captain in hospital this afternoon, the Rossoneri chief has conceded that the injury is blow.

“Our captain is a wonderful person and his injury is a big loss,” he is reported as saying.

“It will take 3 months for Montolivo to recover, and then it will take another 2 months before he is fit enough to play.”

Berlusconi then commented on whether Pippo inzaghi will be announced as their new Coach soon.

“We will have a meeting with the management at Casa Milan to decide what to do.”

The former Prime Minister then remarked on rumours that Mario Balotelli could be sold and potential incomers to San Siro.

“We're still a long way from making any decisions. We're looking into the possibility of signing new players, but we have to wait until we have chosen the new Coach.”

'No problem if AC Milan want replacement'
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Riccardo Montolivo’s agent has insisted that his client will have no problems if Milan look to buy another midfielder in the summer.

The Italy international will miss the World Cup after breaking his leg in the Azzurri’s friendly with Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

The 29-year-old had surgery on the broken tibia today and is likely to be out for six months, but his representative has claimed that they have no problem with the Rossoneri bringing in a short-term replacement.

“The arrival of a new midfielder at Milan is not a problem for me or for Riccardo,” Giovanni Branchini told reporters.

“To be honest, right now that is the last thing on our minds.

“Now Montolivo will have physiotherapy before going on holiday.”

Montolivo faces six months out
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Riccardo Montolivo has undergone surgery on his injury and initial indications are Milan could be without him for up to six months.

The midfielder suffered a broken tibia over the weekend whilst in action for Italy and was first thought to be facing a recovery time of between three and four months.

This morning he underwent surgery as planned, with the procedure reportedly lasting almost two hours.

Milan have communicated that the operation was a ‘technical success’ and that Montolivo will be assessed in 40 days’ time to determine ‘the best period of recovery, unless there are complications’.

However, ANSA are running quotes from the surgeon, Dr Herbert Schoenhuber, on the projected recovery time.

“Six months out? For this type of injury this is usually the time,” Dr Schoenhuber is quoted as saying.

“Back in four to five months” No, I do not think so.

“And everything went well. In 40 days’ time we will do the assessments and then decide on what to do.”

Whilst Adriano Galliani has publicly stated the Rossoneri’s support for their captain, Tuttosport indicate he is also making plans to make up for his absence on the pitch.

It is believed that, alongside redeeming Andrea Poli on a permanent deal, Galliani is considering movement for one of three specific targets initially identified.

Specifically, these are believed to be Catania’s Francesco Lodi and Atalanta duo Daniele Baselli and Luca Cigarini, the latter co-owned with Napoli.

Arsenal 'aware Balotelli is available'
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Reports in England today reiterate that interest from the Premier League in Milan’s Mario Balotelli is real.

The striker has been progressively linked with an exit from San Siro after just 18 months, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea listed as clubs looking to return the former Manchester City striker to England.

The Daily Express are running the line that Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is a ‘long term admirer’ of the 23-year-old and has been ‘made aware’ of the player’s reported availability.

The English publication suggests that Balotelli is also keen to a return to the Premier League and that his representatives will be in Brazil with him during the World Cup in an attempt to tie up any potential transfer.

Montolivo thanks fans
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Riccardo Montolivo has placed on record his thanks for the support he has received since injury ruled him out of the World Cup.

The 29-year-old suffered a broken tibia during Italy’s friendly with Republic of Ireland last night, with tests confirming he will be out of action for at least a couple of months.

The Milan midfielder, who is due to undergo surgery tomorrow, took to Twitter this evening to express his gratitude to fans.

“It was a blow, but your affection has made me smile again,” Montolivo wrote. “Now I will become a fan like all of you to support my teammates! Forza Azzurri!”

Galliani: AC Milan with Montolivo
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Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has promised Riccardo Montolivo that the Rossoneri will be with the midfielder for every step of his recovery from injury.

The 29-year-old saw his Italy World Cup dream shattered last night after he suffered a broken tibia during the Azzurri’s friendly draw with Republic of Ireland.

Speaking to Sky Sport this afternoon, the 69-year-old expressed his sympathy for the player and wished him a speedy recovery.

“It’s an injury we didn’t need, we’re sorry for the player,” Galliani said. “We hope he can recover as soon as possible.

“I’ve had the chance to speak to Riccardo by text message. All of the club, starting with the President Berlusconi, will be close to him.”

Montolivo operation today
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Riccardo Montolivo will undergo surgery today on the broken tibia he sustained against Ireland, it has been confirmed.

The 29-year-old had to be stretchered off during Italy’s friendly against Martin O’Neill’s team after Alex Pearce’s eighth minute challenge at Craven Cottage.

Following a lengthy period of treatment on the pitch, the Azzurri midfielder was rushed to hospital, with tests later confirming fears that the Milan player had fractured the bone in his leg.

As a result, Montolivo will miss this summer’s World Cup and reports this morning suggest he may even be ruled out of the start of the new Serie A season.

He has now left Cesare Prandelli’s team and been transferred back to Milan, where he will await the operation on Monday.

Montolivo out for three-four months
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Riccardo Montolivo will be out for between three and four months, reports this morning claim.

The Milan midfielder fractured his tibia in Italy’s 0-0 draw with Republic of Ireland on Saturday evening, meaning he will miss the World Cup.

And Sky Sport Italia reveal that the Rossoneri man will fly back to Linate airport at 14.00 CET before going straight to hospital to have pre-operative tests.

The network believes that initial diagnosis is that Montolivo will be back by September at the earliest.

'Inzaghi, Silvio, Galliani meet'
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Pippo Inzaghi, Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani are reportedly in a dinner meeting in Milan this evening.

According to respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the trio are discussing the Rossoneri’s strategy moving forward, with Inzaghi set to be appointed as the club’s new first-team Coach.

The San Siro giants however are still yet to formally dispense with the services of current boss Clarence Seedorf, with the Dutchman claiming today that he has heard nothing from the club regarding his position.

Seedorf: No AC Milan contact
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Clarence Seedorf, still officially Milan Coach, claims he has had no contact from the club regarding his position.

It has been reported that the Dutchman’s exit and Pippo Inzaghi’s arrival as San Siro boss is all but a done deal but, speaking to Sport Mediaset today, the tactician said he had heard nothing from the Rossoneri.

He also paid tribute to the affection the club’s fans have been showing him during this difficult period.

“I’m reading everything, just like you,” Seedorf said. “I have had no communication from the club.

“I’m well, I’ve been spending some time with my family and friends. The affection all the fans I’ve been bumping into has really pleased me.

“I can say ‘Forza Milan’ because Milan will always be there, like the fans.”

De Jong in Netherlands World Cup squad
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Louis Van Gaal has named his 23-man Netherlands squad for the World Cup, including Milan’s Nigel De Jong.

The Rossoneri midfielder is the only Serie A-based player in the Dutch squad, and is joined by former Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder and one-time Milan goalscorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax Amsterdam), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)

Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam), Stefan de Vrij, DarylJanmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi (all Feyenoord), PaulVerhaegh (FC Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Joel Veltman (Ajax Amsterdam)

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Arjen Robben(Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum(PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar(Schalke 04), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbache), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).





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