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August 2010

Robinho welcomes 'stellar AC Milan'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Robinho has pledged to “bring joy to the fans” after his €18m move, as Adriano Galliani notes “Milan have a stellar squad.”

The Rossoneri were the undoubted masters of the deadline day, signing Robinho from Manchester City on a four-year contract after Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined from Barcelona.

In turn, Marco Borriello went to Roma and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to Schalke 04.

“Milan have great players and they are a great club with a very important history,” ex-Manchester City striker Robinho told the official website.

“I hope with all my teammates to contribute many titles to this club. Kaka always spoke very highly of Milan and now I know the Brazilians in the squad will help me settle in.

“I hope to make the Milan supporters happy and will work very hard to ensure I can bring joy to the fans.”

Robinho will leave Italy this evening for international duty with Brazil, but when he returns will hook up with new teammates Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato.

“Now Milan have a stellar squad,” smiled Rossoneri Vice-President Galliani on Milan Channel.

“We are all happy and once again thank President Silvio Berlusconi, who made a huge economic strain to ensure these transfers.

“Ibrahimovic and Robinho have arrived, it’s just extraordinary. We are now truly a stellar side, a group of players I wouldn’t change with any other in Europe.

“If I think of what we have spearheading the team, we are really in great shape,” continued Galliani.

“It was a wonderful, wonderful reinforcement campaign and the fans understand that. You can tell by the season ticket sales and the enthusiasm around us.”

OFFICIAL: Borriello loaned to Roma
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Roma have now confirmed that Marco Borriello has been signed from Milan, but only on loan, while Napoli defender Leandro Rinaudo joins Juventus.

"I just want to say I'm happy, it's an important step for my career. I'll say everything else in the Press conference," commented the former Genoa striker.

Borriello had been on the verge of making the move to Juve this morning, but it all fell apart when he refused a loan option.

The striker is seeking certainty in his career and appeared to have found that with a permanent move to Roma worth €15m.

However, the announcement came this evening on the official Milan website of “temporary” loan of his services to the Giallorossi.

There was no mention of an option to buy either, so this is not what Borriello had been looking for.

On the other hand, reports suggest an unofficial option to buy has been introduced worth €13m, plus €2m now for the loan spell.

Borriello had his chances of playing time at San Siro drastically reduced over the last couple of days with the arrival of both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho.

In other news, Juventus have officially signed defender Rinaudo from Napoli.

Siena have signed Franco Brienza from Reggina.

Chievo confirmed the capture of Chateauroux midfielder Kevin Constant.

Bologna have bought out half of Inter’s 18-year-old Slovenian defender Namanja Mitrovic.

OFFICIAL: Robinho to AC Milan
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have officially signed Robinho from Manchester City in a permanent move, as Marco Borriello reportedly agrees terms with Roma.

The Brazilian has already undergone his medical and a statement on the Rossoneri website confirmed the permanent move.

Robinho has signed a four-year contract with the San Siro side, who only completed the capture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona at the weekend.

The news of Borriello’s switch to Roma is not yet official, but all reports suggest Roma are waiting until the stock market has closed before announcing the deal.

This too ought to be a permanent switch after the striker refused a loan to Juventus because he wanted more certainty in his career.

It is believed Borriello will join Roma for €13m, although at one stage Philippe Mexes was offered in part-exchange.

Roma have also loaned midfielder Ahmed Barusso to Serie B outfit Livorno. He spent last season at Brescia and Torino.

In other transfer shorts, Palermo striker Igor Budan has joined Cesena on loan.

Lazio have sold Emilson Sanchez Cribari to Napoli for €0.5m.

Sampdoria full-back Marius Stankevicius has moved to Valencia on loan with an option to buy.

Genoa add Kaladze to their ranks
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Genoa and Milan have done yet more business with Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze moving to Marassi.

The 31-year-old had been linked with a move to Juventus in exchange for Fabio Grosso, but the good relationship between Genoa and Milan prevailed.

Genoa have been the busiest Italian club in the transfer market and their President, Enrico Preziosi, has even felt compelled to pass comment on other deals.

Speaking to Radio Radio, he said: “In my opinion there is a high probability that Borriello will go to Roma.

“He would be a great signing for the Giallorossi.”

Borriello spent one very successful year at Genoa in the 2007-08 season when he almost became Capocannoniere, scoring 19 goals in Serie A.

Chiellini: 'AC Milan are stronger than us'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Giorgio Chiellini believes Milan are stronger than Juventus now that they have signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona.

The Italy international centre-back has been eager to play down expectations in Turin after a busy phase of reconstruction at Vinovo.

“If Ibrahimovic has the same impact at Milan as he did at Inter, he can win the Scudetto by himself.

“If Zlatan and Ronaldinho have the desire to play along with Pato they will create sparks and score a lot.

“You can't keep up with all three together.

“We are a step down with the arrival of Ibrahimovic [at Milan], actually we're a big step down given how tall Zlatan is.

“I like the Juventus project a lot but it's long term. We need to be clear with the fans so as not to create the pressure that was fatal last year.

“Our objective is the Champions League places and we'll have to suffer in certain moments.

“Since Calciopoli there has been a strong rivalry with Inter.

“Milan are further on than us. Obviously we won't support the Rossoneri but we could never say: 'Go Inter' because then they'd probably win everything again.”

Nevertheless, Chiellini is optimistic about Juventus' chances this season, despite their 1-0 defeat to Bari at the weekend.

“Everyone of us hoped for a different start, but this must not overshadow how much good we have done up till now and the progress shown in our recent encounters.

“Everyone knew that it would take time to work and consolidate the new spine of the team, but we are confident for the future,” he concluded.

Robinho: 'I hope to win with AC Milan'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Manchester City star Robinho hopes to become a champion with Milan after completing a medical in Italy this morning.

The Brazil international is now expected to complete a high profile move to San Siro in what will be Milan's second big signing in less than a week.

The Rossoneri completed a deal to bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the weekend and hope to add Robinho before the end of the transfer window.

Speaking to Sport Mediaset outside the Gallarate clinic, Robinho said: “I hope to meet my new team-mates and become a champion with them.

“I am very happy. Milan are an excellent club.”

Milan apparently have to sell Marco Borriello before they can make the Robinho signing official.

It has already been reported that Milan have an agreement in principle with Manchester City to loan him for the duration of next season before paying a fee in the region of €15m.

Borriello refuses Juventus loan move
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan striker Marco Borriello has turned down the opportunity to join Juventus on loan, saying that he'll only leave San Siro in a permanent transfer.

The 28-year-old striker was offered to the Turin giants last night amid speculation that Robinho's prospective arrival at Milan meant he had to leave.

Juventus had apparently agreed a loan with the option to sign Borriello outright next summer for €13m.

However, Borriello has told Sky Italia that he has rejected the move.

“I am not leaving Milan on loan,” he said. “If I have to leave, I only want to do so permanently.”

It remains to be seen whether that scuppers Milan's plans to sign Robinho from Manchester City.

Robinho has a medical at AC Milan
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Manchester City fantasista Robinho is having a medical in Milan, according to several sources in Italy.

The Brazil international reportedly touched down at Malpensa this morning.

He was then driven to the Gallarate clinic for a routine medical.

Milan hope to sign Robinho on a season-long loan with a view to a €15m transfer next summer.

The former Real Madrid star became the most expensive signing in Premier League history two years ago when he moved to Eastlands in a £32.5m deal.

However, he fell out with Mark Hughes and then Roberto Mancini and spent the second half of last season on loan at former club Santos.

OFFICIAL: Schalke sign Huntelaar
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's Milan misery has come to an end as Bundesliga side Schalke have signed him for around €13m.

The Holland international striker looked on his way out of San Siro for much of the transfer window after failing to convince in his first season in Italy.

Speaking to Bild this morning, Schalke boss Felix Magath said: “Negotiations were tougher than expected. I am happy to have Klaas-Jan. He will help us.”

Schalke have lost their opening two matches in the Bundesliga despite the arrival of Huntelaar's former team-mate Raul.

The 27-year-old released a statement on his website today in which he revealed that it wasn't his intention to cut short his career with Milan so early.

“It's true I never wanted to leave Milan, but that changed when Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived from Barcelona,” he concluded.

Moratti: 'Inter have competition'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Inter President Massimo Moratti believes that the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Milan means his side finally have some competition for the Scudetto.

Milan have suddenly sparked into life after a relatively quiet transfer campaign and look likely to add Manchester City's Brazil international Robinho to their squad before the window closes this evening.

Speaking outside his offices, Moratti said: “They have reinforced a lot. It's a formidable attack. Now we can say that finally the competition with us is real.”

Reflecting on last night's stalemate with Bologna, he added: “The team is growing. It takes patience, but in recent years a draw in the season opener has always brought us luck.”

When asked if Inter need to make any signings in the transfer window, Moratti replied: “We are strong as we are, but we'll see if we can do something.”

'AC Milan have done Robinho deal'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands Milan have done a deal for Manchester City fantasista Robinho, but first they must sell players.

The Rossoneri have apparently used the same formula to land the Brazilian as they did with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the weekend, a loan for a year, then an option to buy, this time for €15m.

La Gazzetta understands that Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola flew to England yesterday afternoon to handle the Robinho transfer.

Raiola has already held negotiations with City this summer when another of his high profile clients Mario Balotelli moved to Eastlands from Inter.

La Gazzetta claims City gave the green light at 'a certain hour' last night, prompting Adriano Galliani to organise a private jet for 8:30am this morning.

However, Milan must first make room for the Brazil international before his arrival. Galliani is currently working on selling Marco Borriello to Juventus.

The two clubs have apparently reached an agreement whereby Juventus will loan the 28-year-old with the option to sign him for €13m next summer.

Meanwhile Schalke appear to have signed Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for €14m, facilitating the Robinho deal that little bit further.

Ibrahimovic wants 25+ goals
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

After completing his medicals in Gallarate, new Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed he will score nothing less than 25 goals this term.

The Swede is incredibly excited ahead of this new challenge and was delighted to watch his new team succeed over Lecce at the weekend.

“My teammates did really well,” confessed the former Inter man.

“Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato were superb and so was Filippo Inzaghi.

“I wanted to play last night but Adriano Galliani told me I couldn't because my pass hadn't gone through just yet.

“I am hoping to score more than 25 goals this term but the most important thing is to win together of course.

“The fans have been fantastic with me and I really felt welcome here. I am really happy.”

Ibra also revealed a background story related to his move to Milan. During the game between Barcelona and Milan for the Gamper Trophy, the Swede was approached by Ronaldinho who told him: “Your flight for Milan is ready.”

Juventus agree Borriello deal?
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

There are reports that Juventus have agreed a deal to sign Milan striker Marco Borriello on loan.

The Italy international is no longer guaranteed a starting place at San Siro after the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Sky Italia claims Milan have sent a delegation to Manchester to open talks for Robinho, putting Borriello's place in even more jeopardy.

Il Corriere dello Sport understands Juventus have done a deal with Milan whereby Borriello will move to Turin on loan.

Juventus will then have the option to sign him outright next summer.

Beppe Marotta is currently negotiating with Borriello's agent to agree personal terms.

AC Milan to sign Robinho?
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan's summer spending spree may not be over yet as Silvio Berlusconi has hinted at the possible signing of Manchester City's Robinho.

The Rossoneri had been relatively quiet in the transfer market until this weekend when they pulled off the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona.

However, Berlusconi is now so enthused that he may open his wallet again.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that last week it was either one or the other, but now Berlusconi would like both.

When asked if Milan's transfer campaign is now over, Berlusconi said: “If a certain player we are thinking about were to reveal himself to be acquirable, we are ready for another coup.”

Milan will try to lure Robinho away from Eastlands using the same tactics that landed a big fish like Ibra.

The Rossoneri intend to take the former Real Madrid star on loan with a view to a permanent transfer spread over three years.

Huntelaar set to join Schalke
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

It now looks almost certain that Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be sold to Schalke before the end of the transfer window.

The Holland international is surplus to requirements at San Siro, especially after the arrival of Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Schalke first moved for Huntelaar two weeks ago, but the player reportedly turned down Felix Magath in a telephone conversation.

However, the writing is now on the wall and Huntelaar was even seen in Gelsenkirchen over the weekend.

Il Corriere dello Sport understands the 27-year-old's transfer will be formally announced today.

Milan look set to recoup as much as €15m for him just a year after his arrival from Real Madrid.

Borriello considers his options
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan striker Marco Borriello is considering his options after the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona.

The Italy international is no longer first choice at San Siro and could face a year on the sidelines.

When asked if he'll stay at the club, Borriello said: “I don't know, I am at the height of my career. I have to make a decision.

“A great champion has arrived and so the space for me is limited.”

Milan talisman Clarence Seedorf believes his team-mate should keep a cool head.

“For me, Borriello must stay calm. There are still a few days until the end of the market.

“I don't like this way of doing things. I would like it if the market were closed already in July. It's not right that a season starts and you still don't know where you might end up.”

Pato 'happy' for Ibrahimovic
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan striker Alexandre Pato says he is happy the club have signed Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The former Interista arrives on loan with a view to a permanent £24m transfer next summer.

Speaking after last night's stunning 4-0 victory over Lecce in which he scored a brace, Pato said: “I am happy about his arrival.

“Everyone of us waited for it. We can win everything with him. A great champion has arrived and now the Coach will decide how to make us play.

“It was wonderful to get off the mark so quickly, and also Milan played well. Those who came on also managed to do well.

“We must still improve, but I am sure that we'll have a great season.”

Ibrahimovic: 'Inter won nothing until I arrived'
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan's new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has fired a broadside at former club Inter and their captain Javier Zanetti.

The Swedish striker made a shock move back to Italy over the weekend, returning to San Siro on loan with a view to a £24m transfer next summer.

Ibrahimovic showed no hesitation in joining Milan even though he spent three years with their bitter rivals Inter.

Javier Zanetti said that given the person Ibrahimovic is, he really wasn't surprised by the move.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ibra said: “Inter are going down their own path, they don't need to think about me.

“But until Ibrahimovic arrived, they hadn't won anything. I expected something of this nature from Zanetti.

“I would have spoken well of Ibrahimovic in his place.

“The train moves on. I spent three very beautiful years in Nerazzurro, but now I am only thinking about Milan, so I will play the derbies to win them all.

“In the next four years this team can win everything and I put myself at the service of my team-mates to get the maximum. The personal objectives come afterwards.

“We are among the strongest attacks in Europe with Ronaldinho and Pato. And don't forget Borriello and Inzaghi.

Serie A: AC Milan 4:0 Lecce - match report
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Scorers: Pato 15, 28 (M), Thiago Silva 23 (M), Inzaghi 90 (M)

Milan taught Lecce a football lesson with Alexandre Pato's brace, a Thiago Silva strike and Pippo Inzaghi late finish only some of the dozens of scoring opportunities.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in the stands for the season opener, welcomed by 50,000 at San Siro ahead of his medical for a loan move from Barcelona plus option to buy at €24m. He was presented to the fans in the centre-circle at half-time.

Meanwhile, the side had to work without him after a stuttering pre-season. Mathieu Flamini and Massimo Oddo were injured, while Gianluca Zambrotta, Kakha Kaladze, Oguchi Onyewu and Marek Jankulovski were left out.

Newly-promoted Lecce missed Fabiano and the suspended Ruben Olivera, but had Javier Chevanton on the bench and young Daniele Corvia leading the line. The Salentini had lost their last six visits to San Siro and fielded two Serie A debutants in defence - teenagers Donati and Sini.

Thiago Silva almost opened the scoring with a screamer from distance that Rosati flew to palm out from under the bar. Alexandre Pato then trapped a long Andrea Pirlo ball and fired just over from a tight angle.

Milan ere piling on the pressure and broke through with 'The Duck.' Marco Borriello and Massimo Ambrosini combined to spread the play down the right flank, where Pato did not hesitate in smashing an angled drive across Rosati into the far bottom corner.

Clarence Seedorf forced a corner with his chest and volley saved by the goalkeeper and from that set play, the Rossoneri doubled their lead. Rosati stuck out a foot to parry Thiago Silva's first effort, but could do nothing on the follow-up from a yard to send the ball through a sea of legs.

There was only one team at San Siro, as Pato made it 3-0 before the half-hour mark. He completed his brace when springing the offside trap on a Ronaldinho slide-rule pass and calmly dribbling round the goalkeeper to deposit into an empty net.

Lecce were visibly struggling, so after 32 minutes Chevanton made his Serie A comeback in place of defender Giuliatto.

Ronaldinho was enjoying himself and performed some sublime footwork before firing over from midfield. Seedorf volleyed inches wide from Pirlo's assist, while Pato tried to make the most of a deflection by flicking the ball with his heel, testing Rosati from close range.

Lecce finally had an attempt on goal, as Chevanton's right-foot screamer from 30 metres whistled wide. Pato hit the side-netting when the defence again failed to control him, then Ronaldinho's 'rabona' got the fans on their feet, ending with an Ambrosini volley over.

Ronaldinho was on spectacular form, threading through for Borriello to force Rosati's one-handed save at the near post. Lecce tried to make some impact, partly because the Rossoneri began to relax, as Corvia was allowed to nod just wide of the upright.

Borriello's goal was ruled offside, though in the build-up Donati had deflected Seedorf's shot with his arm. Pippo Inzaghi replaced Borriello straight after that incident and within minutes had hit the woodwork! He ran on to a Ronaldinho ball over the top and drew out the goalkeeper, but his chip cracked the outside of the post.

Pato prompted another save, while Lecce's Grossmuller flashed just over the bar and Inzaghi skimmed the upright. Kevin Prince Boateng made his Serie A debut in the final stages and with a splendid no-look pass sent Ronaldinho clear, again testing Rosati. Christian Abbiati finally got some work with a fingertip save on Chevanton's curler.

Inzaghi made it 4-0 in stoppages with his classic poacher's goal. Boateng's deflected pass fell to him and the 37-year-old did not hesitate to fire low, squeezing the ball beneath Rosati's body.

Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Ambrosini (Gattuso 71), Pirlo, Seedorf; Ronaldinho, Borriello (Inzaghi 63), Pato (Boateng 76)

Lecce: Rosati; Vives, Donati, Sini , Giuliatto (Chevanton 32), Ferrario; Munari (Piatti 54), Giacomazzi, Grossmuller; Mesbah; Corvia

Ref: Peruzzo

Galliani: 'Ibrahimovic's champagne football!'
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani promises “champagne football” at Milan and reveals the negotiations for Zlatan Ibrahimovic go back many months.

The striker landed at Linate Airport this afternoon and will be presented to the fans ahead of tonight’s Serie A opener against Lecce.

“Milan are now among the best sides in Italy and in Europe,” said the Vice-President. “How would I define the trio of Ibrahimovic-Pato-Ronaldinho? Very bubbly, pure champagne football.”

The transfer turned out to be quite a coup, as Barcelona signed Ibra from Inter for €50m plus Samuel Eto’o only a year ago.

Instead Milan have him on a free loan for this season with an option to buy for €24m, to be spread out in three instalments.

“I wouldn’t say €24m is a small amount of money and then one has to consider the salary,” noted Galliani.

“We found the right formula for Milan. Was this move born four months ago? I don’t like to reveal behind the scenes, as transfers are done better when in the dark. I was silent all summer and at the end we made the decisive move.

“The four days in Barcelona were very tough. I was going from euphoria to sadness, as there were so many difficulties.

“It was complicated, but my 25 years of experience in this business helped. Where did the idea come from? I do know, but prefer not to respond to that.”

Ibra’s agent was also on the plane from Barcelona to Milan and gave his version of events to Sky Sport Italia.

“These negotiations certainly didn’t begin 10-15 days ago. In July we realised that we could not carry on with this Coach and told Barcelona there were only a few clubs we’d accept. I can say we are in one of them now.”

The row with Pep Guardiola has dominated the negotiation process with clear issues between the two men.

“Why was this move born? Because of Guardiola. It was evident the club could not solve this problem.

“How did we get from €70m to €24m? Zlatan’s strength of character helped.”

Ibrahimovic: 'AC Milan the best team in Italy'
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in Milan and already sending messages to Inter. “I know I’m in the best team in Italy. I won’t leave until we’ve won.”

The Swede will complete his transfer and undergo a medical tomorrow, but is set to salute the fans ahead of tonight’s Serie A opener against Lecce.

“When I heard Milan were interested in me, I was immediately excited. I’m happy it all went well, it’s a great move,” he said of the loan and option to buy from Barcelona for €24m.

“I came here to win, am sure we will win and I won’t leave Milan until we’ve won. I know I’m in the best team in Italy and one of the best in Europe.”

That is already a message to his former teammates at Inter, who have dominated Italian football in recent years and are fresh from a Treble-winning campaign.

“I have great memories of Inter, but this is the past. I was also a Juventus player, don’t forget. Inter won everything, so they have other things to worry about rather than me.

“Why did I kiss the Barcelona shirt when I signed the contract? They asked me to and I did it.”

Ibrahimovic had also been linked with Manchester City, where he would’ve reunited with Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli.

“When I heard that Milan were interested, I immediately said yes. Everything that Adriano Galliani has done in the last few days and all the players I saw convinced me.

“I spoke to President Silvio Berlusconi and Coach Massimiliano Allegri. The President gave me a warm welcome.”

He will partner Brazilians Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato in a stellar 4-3-3 system.

“The strike force is fantastic, the best in Europe and the world, but the whole team is strong and I am certain the fans will enjoy themselves.

“Everywhere I go, I try to win, and I’m coming to a club that has many trophies already. I hope we can get the Champions League this season, but also the Scudetto.

“I hope to stay for all four years of my contract, but I also know that football can change quickly.”

Juventus offer to take Borriello
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Undoubtedly the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has limited options for Marco Borriello, who could join Juventus instead.

Milan made their capture of Barcelona forward Ibra official last night on a free loan with option to buy for €24m.

With Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho completing the trident attack, this pushes Borriello further down the pecking order.

It’s reported the Rossoneri could resolve a series of problems in one fell swoop by handing the striker over to Juventus.

The Bianconeri are looking for a new forward after David Trezeguet signed for Hercules Alicante, but Sampdoria do not want to release Giampaolo Pazzini.

Borriello would be available on loan and Milan glad to be rid of his wages for a season where he’d mainly be on the bench.

Another departure is on the cards, as the Corriere dello Sport suggests Milan will send Kakha Kaladze to Genoa.

Zanetti 'not surprised' by Ibrahimovic
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi welcomes Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Inter captain Javier Zanetti is “not surprised” at the San Siro switch.

Last night it was announced that Ibra will arrive on a free loan from Barcelona with option to buy for €24m at the end of the season.

“We have an incredibly strong side that can win the Champions League. You have to believe in yourselves,” said President Berlusconi.

He flew in by private helicopter to give the news to the squad, who then gave a round of applause as Ibrahimovic talked to his new teammates on speakerphone.

The Swede will be in the stands this evening for the Serie A opener against Lecce and undergo his medical on Monday.

It is a shock for many to see the former Inter hero cross over to their arch-rivals just a year after his move to Barcelona, but not to everyone.

“It doesn’t entirely surprise me, as knowing him you could expect something like this,” shrugged Nerazzurri captain Zanetti.

“We just have to focus on our own house and not look at what our neighbours are up to.”

Ibrahimovic: 'It's Guardiola's fault'
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Around 50,000 fans will welcome Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Milan today. “It’s Pep Guardiola’s fault I left Barcelona.”

The Swede flies in today to complete his free loan move with an option to buy worth €24m and will undergo his medical on Monday.

The Rossoneri are planning a grand celebration after the Serie A opener against Lecce, with around 50,000 supporters expected at San Siro.

However, the tension that prompted Ibra’s departure from the Nou Camp still remains.

“When I walked into a room, Guardiola would walk out,” revealed Ibrahimovic.

“I don’t know if he’s afraid of me or what, but this ‘philosopher’ smashed my dream of playing for Barcelona.

“I am going, but to this day I still don’t know what the problem was. Considering how my situation had become, I am happy.

“The Coach didn’t want me there and I don’t want to waste any more time.”

De Canio takes game to AC Milan
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Lecce have no intention of being sacrificial lambs to Milan, nor of playing negatively, insists Gigi De Canio.

“We will play the way we always have, albeit knowing we are facing a team of champions with great potential,” said the Coach.

Newly-promoted Lecce visit San Siro this afternoon and take on a side potentially distracted by the imminent arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“We’ve got to fight them when they have the ball. It has to be taken as a unit, a group and a collective approach to pressing them.

“Naturally, that doesn’t mean giving up on our own chances to score.”

Fabiano is out with a muscular problem, but Javier Ernesto Chevanton is in the squad.

Galliani: 'With Ibrahimovic, AC Milan on top'
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“With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho, Milan can compete with anyone,” said Adriano Galliani after signing the Swede.

On Saturday evening it was announced that Ibra had agreed a free loan with an option to buy at €24m from Barcelona.

“I am incredibly happy,” said Vice-President Galliani. “With Ibra, Pato and Dinho, we have a strike force that is without equal in Europe.

“We no longer have a structural handicap compared to anyone in Europe or Italy. This is now a Milan side that can compete with anyone.”

It is a return to San Siro for Ibra, who moved from Juventus to rivals Inter in the summer of 2006.

He had a deal to join the Rossoneri, but was put off by the Calciopoli scandal forcing them to go through a Champions League preliminary round.

“Actually he was meant to come to us four years ago,” continued Galliani. “He’s finally here four years late, but at least in the end he did arrive.

“We cannot present him to the media on Monday because he must go to Stockholm for international duty, so we’ll do it when he returns.”

The official Milan website confirmed Ibrahimovic will undergo a medical on Monday and pen a four-year contract.

The details are under wraps, but it’s reported the salary is €8.5m per season plus bonuses, which would raise it to the €12m he currently earns at the Nou Camp.

Ibrahimovic arrives on a free loan deal, then the €24m will be paid in three instalments.

It is quite a coup when taking into account that Inter sold him to Barcelona a year ago for €50m plus Samuel Eto’o.

OFFICIAL: AC Milan sign Ibrahimovic
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Milan have officially signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free loan from Barcelona with an option to buy for €24m. "I'm very happy."

“A.C. Milan announce the signing from F.C. Barcelona of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on a free loan with the option to buy for €24m,” read a statement.

“The Swedish champion will undergo his medical on Monday morning, after which he’ll sign the contract tying him to the Rossoneri for four years.”

It is quite a coup for Milan to have captured Ibrahimovic on a free loan deal just 12 months after Barcelona paid effectively €66m to take him from Inter.

The Spaniards reportedly paid €46m cash plus Samuel Eto’o, who was valued at €20m.

“I’m very happy and the situation wasn’t easy,” said Ibra. “Why did I choose Milan? Because they are one of the strongest clubs in the world, with a great tradition.

“Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato represent a fantastic strike force, now it is up to us. The Milan fans will certainly have fun.”

However, the return to San Siro will not sit well with the Inter supporters he walked out on a year ago, missing the Treble campaign.

“I don’t think they care about me now that they have won everything. As for me, I want to win the Champions League, the Scudetto and everything it’s possible to win with Milan.”

The former Juventus striker had a deal to join Milan in 2006, but hesitated when the Calciopoli scandal forced them to reach the Champions League via the preliminary round. He eventually chose rivals Inter instead.

“It is unusual that it took Ibrahimovic until the age of 28 to reach the club that for many years has been perfectly suited to his talents,” read the official Milan website.

“That summer of 2006. Without going back over the shocking injustice and terrible bitterness of that time, the night of August 9 made the difference.

“That evening after a 1-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League preliminary round, Milan were ready to make the final push for Ibra.

“But Gabriele Oriali did very well in getting there before anyone else. Now we’re up to date with today. Welcome world class striker! We’d been waiting for you a long time.”

Allegri: 'AC Milan best attack in Europe'
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Massimiliano Allegri believes that if Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho, “Milan will have the best attack in Europe.”

The Rossoneri are expected to complete their swoop for the Barcelona striker over the weekend and he could be presented to the fans ahead of Sunday’s Serie A opener with Lecce.

“If the President does buy Ibrahimovic, we will all be very happy, because he is a champion who can complete an already very strong strike force,” said the Coach.

“I wouldn’t say Milan are Scudetto contenders with Ibra, as I think this squad is strong enough to challenge even without him.

“Having said that, the trident of Pato-Ibrahimovic-Ronaldinho will be the best attack in Europe. Plus we have Marco Borriello, Pippo Inzaghi and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, all world class forwards.

“In any case, the most important thing is the game with Lecce. Hopefully we can celebrate Ibrahimovic’s arrival with a victory. Borriello shouldn’t be worried, as he had an exceptional campaign and it’s impossible to always play the same XI.”

Pato was a major injury doubt for Sunday’s Serie A match, but is in the squad. Only Mathieu Flamini and Massimo Oddo are ruled out.

“Pato is fine and he should be there. Gianluca Zambrotta is also doing well. Inzaghi has that great quality of his child-like enthusiasm. He’s such a good example for the younger players.”

AC Milan to present Ibrahimovic tomorrow?
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be in Milan this evening, but Barcelona have threatened to sue his agent for breach of contract.

According to the Italian newspapers, negotiations took a big step forward with Barca agreeing to a loan with the option to buy at the end of the season.

Ibra also decided to reduce his wages from €12m per year to €9m on a four-term contract.

It’s believed he will be given the number 11 jersey, which currently belongs to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

The Dutchman must be sold to make room and raise funds, so he is in talks with Schalke 04 and Tottenham.

The Corriere dello Sport suggests Ibrahimovic could be at San Siro tomorrow so he’ll be presented to the fans ahead of the Serie A opener against Lecce.

However, all is not going swimmingly in Spain, as Barcelona released a statement threatening to sue agent Mino Raiola for blaming manager Pep Guardiola for this transfer.

“Barcelona have decided to publicly denounce the behaviour of agent Raiola, who has attacked the honour and moral integrity of our Coach, Josep Guardiola,” read a statement.

“This behaviour threatens the professional rapport between player and Coach, while it also constitutes a flagrant violation of the contract Raiola signed with Barcelona.

“As a consequence, the legal department of the club is evaluating the possible termination of his contract and the cessation of the annual retribution Raiola has the right to receive under the present contract.

“From this evaluation and the development of future events, the club will take the action it deems opportune.”

Ibrahimovic deal almost done says agent
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Following a meeting with Adriano Galliani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, used a metaphor to describe the state of negotiations: “The kid is almost born”.

The meeting took place at the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I in Barcelona and was apparently very positive.

“The kid is not born yet but let's say we are at the eight month stage,” laughed Raiola.

“It was a really pleasant encounter and we talked about many things.

“The deal with Milan is not done yet. We are not in the hot part of the negotiations yet, simply because there is no need.

“There are still plenty of things to clear between us but also between the two clubs.

“Even if Ibra said 'yes' straight away, he could not be in Milan tomorrow.”

Still the Italian media believes the deal is practically done and the Rossoneri have finally found the cash to sign the former Inter ace.

Rubin Kazan close in on Bocchetti
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Genoa defender Salvatore Bocchetti is close to a switch to Russian side Rubin Kazan, the player's agent confirmed.

The Italian youngster, who was included in the national team at the last World Cup, had long been transfer listed and was, in the past, close to both Juventus and Milan.

“At the moment I am talking with Genoa,” said agent Andrea D'Amico.

“We received this offer a while ago but it never turned into a proper negotiation.

“Last night things changed though and now we are already working on his contract.

Bocchetti is said to be excited to leave Marassi, where he is no longer a first choice, and move to Russia.

“He should soon put pen to paper on a three-year deal,” confirmed D'Amico.

Ibrahimovic gets 'super golden handshake'
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Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will get a super golden handshake if he leaves the Catalan giants for Milan.

Sport Mediaset understand that Adriano Galliani and Ibrahmovic's agent Mino Raiola held talks with Barcelona at the King Juan Carlos hotel to discuss his transfer.

Raiola was their to discuss the legal ramifications of Ibrahimovic's exits, such as his exit bonus and image rights.

It's believed that Milan have agreed a deal in principle to sign the Swede for €40m to be paid in three installments.

When asked about the golden handshake, Raiola said: “Let's not call it that. Let's call it a super golden handshake.”

Sources close to Milan claim Ibrahimovic could fly to Italy tomorrow to tie up the deal.

Allegri confirms Ibrahimovic chat
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed reports he had a chat with Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic last night.

The Swede is expected to reveal this evening whether he intends to move back to Italy after Milan apparently agreed a deal to sign him for €40m.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Allegri said: “I had an informal telephone chat with Ibrahimovic.

“He said he would be happy to join us. We'll see what happens.

“I am naturally confident. He is an important player and would complete an already strong line up. He would give us a jump in class.

“The more champions the easier it is to win games. There is a need to have a 22-man squad to realise important objectives.

“We wouldn't change our style of play. We would have been the anti-Inter already without him. With Zlatan we get centimeters, technique and goals,” Allegri concluded.

It remains to be seen whether the former Interista becomes the fifth player since 1990 to cross the divide.

'If Ibrahimovic leaves, it's for AC Milan'
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If Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves Barcelona it will only be for Milan, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

The Swedish striker was seen training this morning, suggesting talks are at an impasse.

However, Milan have reportedly agreed to sign the former Interista for €40m spread over three years.

Raiola said last night that Ibrahimovic would take 24 hours to make a final decision.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Milan are even prepared to augment their wage ceiling for Ibra, offering him €9m a year.

Speaking to Sky Italia at lunchtime, Raiola said: “The deal is yet to enter into life. If he leave, Ibra will go to Milan.

“But we still don't know if he'll leave.”

When asked if he had asked him to move, Raiola said: “Ibra is tall, if he gives me a slap I won't get up till Tuesday.”

Raiola also explained why he had been in Barcelona's offices this morning.

“I was in the offices for some paperwork regarding insurance premiums for Ibra and Maxwell,” he concluded.

AC Milan agree Ibrahimovic fee?
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There are reports in Spain that Milan have agreed a fee with Barcelona to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish striker's agent Mino Raiola was seen together with his lawyer arriving at Barcelona's offices this morning.

AS reports that Milan are prepared to pay €40m for Ibrahimovic, which would be spread over three years with two installments of €15m and one of €10m.

Milan had initially hoped to take the player on loan, offering Marco Borriello in exchange, but both Barcelona and Ibrahimovic only wanted an outright sale.

Adriano Galliani is reportedly still in Milan going over the fine print with the Catalan giants.

It remains to be seen how Milan will structure Ibrahimovic's salary as he currently earns well in excess of their wage ceiling.

Allegri: 'Our group is toughest'
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Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri believes the Champions League draw has dealt his side the toughest group.

The Rossoneri meet Real Madrid for the second year running as well as Ajax and Auxerre.

A cursory glance at the history books reveals that there are no fewer than three teams in Group G who have won 20 European Cups between them.

“Our group is the toughest one, along with Inter's,” Allegri said. “We are both up against strong opponents.

“Playing against Real Madrid is something special for us and inspiring for sure.

“The San Siro and the Santiago Bernabeu will be full for those games and we'll witness an extraordinary show in both stadiums.

“Ajax and Auxerre qualified in style and they will be tough opponents. We have to be ready.

“We have to approach those games with the right focus and in good shape,” he concluded.

Moratti: 'Ibrahimovic should stay at Barcelona'
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Inter President Massimo Moratti doesn't want his former protégé Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join Milan for obvious reasons.

The Swedish striker only left Inter last summer having won three Scudetti. He enjoyed talismanic status in blue and black before joining Barcelona in a swap deal for Samuel Eto'o.

Ibrahimovic has fallen out of favour at the Camp Nou and Milan are now trying to bring him back to Italy following negotiations in Barcelona.

Moratti has already seen some of his former favourites cross the divide and is loath to do so again.

“He did great things for us and I consider him to be one of ours,” Moratti said.

“I have already been through these things many times with Ronaldo and Christian Vieri, even if Ibra is younger and in a great moment of his career.

“I like him and it seems strange that he would go to Milan, but I hope that he does what's best for him… that is stay at Barcelona.”

Speaking after the Champions League draw, Moratti said: “I thought about drawing Mourinho early like happened with Barcelona last year.

“I don't know if it's better to cross him in the group stages or worse to do so in the quarter-finals.

“It's a tough group. It's difficult. There is balance because they are all strong opponents and there are no weaknesses.

“We need to face up to it from the beginning with professionalism without relaxing or distracting ourselves from the first to the last game.

“Anyway, it seems that Milan's group isn't a walk in the park either,” he concluded.

Champions League draw results
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Milan have been drawn in the same group as Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid, while Inter and Roma both got German opposition in Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich respectively.

Massimiliano Allegri's side were the first Italian team out of the hat and face a similar foe, having taken on Real Madrid at the same stage last season.

Milan came away from the Bernabeu with a famous victory thanks to Alexandre Pato and will be hoping for more of the same.

It wasn't a good night for the Rossoneri, as Ajax and Auxerre also landed in Group G, making it the Group of Death.

Meanwhile, Inter come up against Werder Bremen, the team that overcame Sampdoria in dramatic circumstances earlier this week.

They were joined in Group A with Premier League side and Champions League debutantes Tottenham Hotspur, as well as FC Twente.

Roma will face Champions League finalists and Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich.

Tricky side FC Basel are also in Group E. The Giallorossi lost 2-0 away to them in Switzerland in the Europa League last September.

Roma will meet another familiar foe in Cluj. The Romanian side famously won 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in 2008.

Group A: Inter, Werder Bremen, Tottenham, Twente

Group E: Bayern Munich, Roma, Basel, Cluj

Group G: AC Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax, Auxerre

AC Milan: 'We're talking to Ibrahimovic'
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Adriano Galliani has confirmed “the chances of Milan signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic are 50 per cent. We’re discussing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and personal terms.”

The Vice-President remained in Barcelona for extra talks and met with President Sandro Rosell over lunch.

“Both Barcelona and Milan clarified their respective viewpoints,” announced Galliani at 13.20 UK time.

“At this point the two clubs are working towards a definitive sale. There will be no loan deal.

“It’s a long road ahead, I’d say the chances of Milan signing Ibrahimovic are 50 per cent.

“I would like to make it clear that Marco Borriello is not for sale, but we are negotiating over Huntelaar.

“Up until now I have not had direct contact with the player. I’m going to see him now.”

This is a big change from the previous proposal to take Ibra on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Milan are now prepared to hand over Huntelaar plus around €30m cash to prise away the Swede.

Galliani effectively confirmed that Barcelona have given the all-clear for negotiations over personal terms.

Agent Mino Raiola also hinted that things are moving forward, including Ibra’s €12m per season salary.

“Reducing your wages is not a nice thing, but sometimes it is necessary to conclude a deal,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

Ibrahimovic to Manchester City, Robinho to AC Milan?
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent warns a deal with Milan is “laughable,” so he could go to Manchester City, sending Robinho to San Siro.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani is still in Barcelona for negotiations, but concedes “a mountain of money” divides him from the player.

The Rossoneri want to bring him in on loan with an option to buy, whereas Barca have requested €30m plus Marco Borriello.

“Zlatan being loaned out would be shameful. You can’t loan someone like him,” slammed agent Mino Raiola in Tuttosport.

“If he were to leave Barcelona, it would be forever. A wage cut is also laughable, you can tell that you don’t know me. He has a four-year contract and my advice is for him to stay here.

“This is a fantastic club, FC Barcelona and not FC Guardiola. To give us a change of scenery, we’d need valid arguments. I didn’t give the all-clear for these negotiations.

“Galliani can talk to President Sandro Rosell all he likes, but when you step into a Rolls Royce dealership, you need to have the money.”

Ibrahimovic confirmed late last night after the Gamper Trophy that Coach Pep Guardiola had barely spoken to him for six months.

“Guardiola is not as precise and perfect as people think. He has problems with himself,” continued Raiola.

“He slammed the door on Ibra, who cost €70m last summer. He ought to have twice as much respect as he does for David Villa, who was bought for half that.

“Guardiola is inadequate, totally confused and Ibra cannot work well with him.

“Negotiations with Milan are very difficult, as the parties are a long way away from an agreement. It’s going to be a long week.”

If Milan are unable to provide the funds for Ibrahimovic, then there is an alternative that would suit all parties.

It’s reported in the Italian media that Manchester City will swoop for the Swede, in turn handing Robinho over on loan to the Rossoneri.

Robinho does not want to return to Eastlands and declared on Brazilian television this week: “I can say that I will play either in Italy or in Spain.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola hit back at Ibrahimovic in his Press conference.

“I am a communicative person, so if I haven’t spoken to Ibra, there is a reason. This is not the moment to explain why, but one day I will,” said the Coach.

“If on August 31 he is still with us, it’s my duty to get him back into the squad. In that case, I’ll take him to one side and talk things through.”

Ibrahimovic: 'I'd like AC Milan move'
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals “Pep Guardiola hasn’t spoken to me for six months. Milan? I’d like to play with Ronaldinho.”

The Swede is at the centre of intense negotiations for a transfer to San Siro and played in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against the Rossoneri last night. The Spaniards won the Gamper Trophy 4-2 on penalties.

“Guardiola has not spoken to me for six months,” he told Sky Italia television.

“He only did so twice. I would like to understand why, but he won’t tell me. I need to be happy. I’m fine in Barcelona, but I have problems with the Coach.

"The directors tell me they don't want me to go, but at the same time how can I continue here when the manager doesn't speak to me?

“Milan? I don’t know at what stage the negotiations are, but I would like to play with Ronaldinho.”

Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed to the official Milan website that he will have another meeting with Barcelona patron Sandro Rosell at midday local time.

It’s reported the Rossoneri wish to take Ibra on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season, splitting his €12m wages between the clubs.

Barcelona requested €30m plus Marco Borriello, but Galliani declared there would be no players in exchange.

Friendly: Barcelona 1:1 (4:2) AC Milan - match report
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic played against Milan and Kevin Prince Boateng made his debut as Barcelona won the Gamper Trophy on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

All eyes were on Ibra, who is in the midst of confirmed transfer negotiations between the two sides.

It was also an emotional return to the Nou Camp for Ronaldinho, who was greeted by a standing ovation before kick-off.

Boateng received his debut in a Rossoneri jersey and played on the left side of midfield, causing some problems for the Barca defence early on.

Ibrahimovic had a goal disallowed for an offside position, while Jefferson wasted a chance set up by former Inter full-back Maxwell. Ibra only played the first half, though.

David Villa opened the scoring two minutes after the restart, toe-poking past Marco Amelia after gathering Adriano’s cross from the left.

Soon after the Milan defence was again under pressure from Andres Iniesta and Bojan’s header.

It was veteran Pippo Inzaghi who drew level at the grand old age of 37 thanks to a spectacular left-foot volley that slotted into the top corner.

Leo Messi tested substitute goalkeeper Flavio Roma with a rare header and a trademark free kick.

It ended 1-1, so the Gamper Trophy was decided on penalties. Clarence Seedorf, Sergio Busquets, Andrea Pirlo and Marek Jankulovski’s efforts were saved, as Barcelona won 4-2.

Barcelona 1-1 Milan

Scorers: Villa 47 (B), Inzaghi 67 (M)

Barcelona: Pinto, Adriano, Milito (Fontas 63), Puyol (Pique 63), Abidal (Dani Alves 46); Maxwell (Thiago 46), Jeffren (Pedro 63), Jonathan (Busquets 63); Iniesta (Keita 63), Ibrahimovic (Bojan 46), Villa (Messi 63)

Milan: Amelia (Roma 60); Bonera (Abate 46), Nesta (Papastathopoulos 46), Thiago Silva (Yepes 60), Antonini (Jankulovski 46); Ambrosini (Seedorf 46), Pirlo, Boateng (Strasser 82); Huntelaar (Oduamadi 55), Borriello (Inzaghi 55), Ronaldinho (Merkel 76)

Galliani: 'Mountain of money for Ibrahimovic'
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Adriano Galliani admits “a mountain of money stands between Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but talks will continue.”

The Vice-President is currently in Spain ahead of tonight’s Gamper Trophy match and takes the opportunity to hold negotiations for the Swede.

“We will meet with Barcelona again at midday tomorrow. The operation is very difficult and very costly,” he told the official Milan website.

“I would like to point out that Milan do not intend to provide players as part of the deal. We are working to bring another great champion to Milan.

“We don’t want to kid anyone, but nor can we say that it certainly won’t go through. We’ll see, it’s very difficult. I am not leaving Barcelona and the rapport with President Sandro Rosell is excellent.”

According to Sky Sport Italia, the Rossoneri have offered to take Ibrahimovic on loan for a year with an option to buy. His €12m per season wages would be split between the clubs.

Galliani has now ruled out reports they would hand over Marco Borriello plus €30m.

“The situation is on-going,” the Vice-President told Studio Sport. “We’ll see the Barcelona President again tomorrow, but the situation is more than merely difficult.

“There is no deal with the player, who has nonetheless given his availability, and the club is also willing to negotiate. Unfortunately, there is a mountain of money dividing us.

“Tomorrow we’ll resume talks with President Rosell and I am prepared to stay here in Barcelona until Tuesday, the final day of the transfer session.”

Agent: 'AC Milan loan an insult'
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Barcelona confirm negotiations with Milan, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent warns “he won’t reduce his wages and a loan would be an insult.”

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani is currently in Spain for talks and held a special lunch meeting with the club.

“The negotiations have begun,” confirmed Barca President Sandro Rosell. “It’ll be a loan or a sale, but Milan will be paying his salary.”

It had been reported they were trying to take Ibra on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season for around €40m, but that Barca might be asked to pay a portion of his €12m per year wages.

“If Milan come to Barcelona for Zlatan, it does not mean we have said yes to Milan,” agent Raiola told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

“Ibrahimovic has a four-year contract and should stay, because Barcelona are a fantastic club. If someone convinces us that it’s best for him to move, then yes, we’ll move.

“But the proposal has to be a really good one and so far I haven’t heard anything good enough.”

Raiola was above all dismissive of the reports Ibra would be willing to lower his pay demands.

“He certainly won’t reduce his wages. You cannot go into a Rolls Royce dealership and then suddenly realise you don’t have the necessary money.

“A loan? That’s impossible. It would be an insult. When you leave a side like Barcelona, you do it forever.”

Ronaldinho calls Ibrahimovic to AC Milan
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Ronaldinho has added his voice to the charm offensive trying to lure Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Milan.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is currently lunching with a delegation from Barcelona to discuss the prospect of a transfer.

Interviewed in El Mundo Deportivo, Ronaldinho said: “I don't know if Ibrahimovic will come to Milan to form a trident with Pato and I, but the idea of playing with one of the best strikers in the world fascinates me.

“If Ibra were to sign for Milan, it would be perfect.”

Speaking ahead of this evening's Gamper Trophy exhibition match against his former club, Ronaldinho said: “The emotions will be strong, certainly.

“I've received more than 300 messages from friends who have asked me if my presence at the Gamper were true.

“Thanks to everyone, I am a really lucky person to have lived many unique moments in Barcelona.”

AC Milan fine without Ibrahimovic, says Allegri
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri says it wouldn't be the end of the world if the club doesn't sign Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer.

The Rossoneri are currently in Barcelona preparing for this evening's Gamper Trophy exhibition match.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is set to discuss Ibrahimovic over lunch with Barcelona's directors.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Galliani would like to exchange Marco Borriello on loan for the Swedish centre-forward.

“Ibrahimovic is a champion,” Allegri said. “Who wouldn't want to coach him, but this is a group of lads and very important champions.

“It's normal that if Ibrahimovic were to arrive, a part of the team would be reinforced, but the attack is already strong,” he concluded.

Huntelaar refuses Schalke move
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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has turned down a move to Bundesliga side Schalke, frustrating Milan immensely, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Rossoneri have privately expressed their desire to sell the Holland international, but he has absolutely no desire to leave San Siro.

La Gazzetta understands he told Schalke Coach Felix Magath as much by telephone over the weekend and didn’t even countenance his offer.

However, Huntelaar’s agent Arnold Osterveer has a different version of events.

“We haven’t spoken with anyone, not least with Magath and Milan haven’t told us about any offer,” he said.

Speaking last night, Huntelaar also said: “I am playing here. I have still not really had a chance as a striker, because last season I was almost always used on the wing. But I am training and waiting for my chance.

“Allegri seems like a very capable Coach to me and I like him because he is similar to the Coaches that I had in Holland.

“He works a lot on a tactical level. I am happy and I am not leaving,” he concluded.

Ibrahimovic overshadows Ronaldinho
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Ronaldinho admits he is looking forward to “a special return” when Milan play Barcelona, but the focus is all on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“I want to thank everyone who experienced the five seasons at Barcelona with me,” he wrote in an open letter.

The Brazilian will start in tomorrow night’s Gamper Trophy match at the Nou Camp, a return for the player who was a hero here from 2003 to 2008.

“They were probably the best years of my professional and personal life. I honestly believe that in the time spent together, we had a lot of fun.

“I don’t like to say goodbye, so I prefer to think of this night as a reunion between friends and, why not, the rediscovery of an old rapport.

“The Camp Nou will always be one of my favourite stadiums. A sincere hug to all the Barcelona fans and especially President Sandro Rosell.”

However, all the focus is on current Blaugrana Ibrahimovic, who is in confirmed negotiations for a loan move to Milan.

It’s reported the deal would have an option to buy at the end of the season for €40m, but the payment would be spread out over several years.

“Ibrahimovic? We’ll talk about him with Milan tomorrow,” confessed President Rosell.

However, Coach Pep Guardiola and his right hand man Manuel Estiarte are furious with Ibra’s agent, Mino Raiola.

“Perhaps his representative ought to be careful with what he says, because he talks too much and in my view damages Ibrahimovic’s image,” Estiatre told Tuttomercatoweb.

“His words show a lack of consistency. One day he says something and the next it’s totally different. We are certainly not happy with the attitude of Ibra’s agent.

“However, it should be noted the agent is one thing and the player is another.”

Galliani to wait for Ibrahimovic
25.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani says he will stay in Barcelona until deadline day on August 31 if it means pulling off the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Rossoneri have flown to Barcelona today for the annual Gamper Trophy, but Galliani has also scheduled a meeting at Ca L’Isidre, a famous restaurant, to discuss Ibrahimovic with Sandro Rosell.

Milan would like the Swedish striker on loan next season and have offered Marco Borriello in exchange, but reports in Spain suggest Rosell will only accept a sale worth €40m.

Quoted as Milan touched down in Catalonia, Galliani apparently said: “If it’s necessary, I’ll stay here even until August 31.”

When asked about the reports, Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola said: “There’ll be no loan, unless it’s for four years.”

Robinho: 'I'll play in Italy or Spain'
25.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Robinho has confirmed “negotiations are in on-going. All I can say is that I will play in Italy or Spain.”

The Manchester City-owned star has made it perfectly clear he will not return to Eastlands after his loan spell at Santos.

The Brazilian was also linked with a transfer to Fenerbahce, but this evening openly rejected that option.

“With all due respect for Turkish football, I will not go to play there,” Robinho told Rete Globo.

“Fenerbahce are the only side to have made a formal offer, but I have already decided I won’t go there.

“Negotiations are on-going, but I can’t talk about it right now. All I can say is that I will play in Italy or Spain.”

Among the Serie A sides linked with a swoop for Robinho are Inter, Milan and Juventus.

Pato promises to be ready
24.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan striker Alexandre Pato has promised to be fit in time for his side's opening game of the season against Lecce.

The Brazilian striker has had his fair share of fitness problems in 2010, but would like to reassure the fans he feels in good shape.

“I am improving every day,” Pato told Sky Italia. “I am satisfied with what I am doing at Milanello. I am certain that I will be here to play in the first game and do well.

“I am not 100 per cent, but I am satisfied with the work that I am doing. My season will be like the others.

“I am concentrating on my job to always do better because I want to win everything at Milan, not by myself but as a team.”
When asked about the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Milan, Pato said: “I can only talk about those players who are here and those who play with me.

“The club decides about the market. I have my place here and on the market I can't say anything,” he concluded.

AC Milan to swap Borriello for Ibrahimovic?
24.8 || webmaster

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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani will apparently offer Marco Borriello in exchange to loan Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Galliani plans to hold talks with Barcelona after Wednesday's Gamper Trophy at the Camp Nou.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands Milan propose an exchange of loans, albeit with Barcelona paying 50 per cent of Ibrahimovic's wages.

It still seems doubtful Milan would be able to afford Ibrahimovic's €6m salary given the wage ceiling Galliani has recently put in place.

However, last night Mediaset journalist Carlo Pellegatti claimed personal terms had already reached.

La Gazzetta expect Barcelona to ask for Thiago Silva, the Brazilian centre-back, but Galliani will not countenance losing him.

Barcelona ideally would like to sell Ibrahimovic at a cost of €40m, making a loan a little less likely.

Ibrahimovic's agent also told Sky Italia on Sunday night that his client has a four-year contract at the Camp Nou and Pep Guardiola would like to keep him.

When asked if he would be prepared to swap places with Ibrahimovic last night, Borriello apparently said: “Who knows.”

Ibrahimovic agrees terms with AC Milan - report
23.8 || webmaster

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According to Italian journalist Carlo Pellegatti, Milan have already agreed a contract with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Reports suggest that the player should be signed by the Rossoneri on Friday.

“Milan and Ibra have agreed a contract. The deal between them is done,” said the Mediaset journalist.

“The Swede will earn €6m per year and the rest of his wage will be covered by Barcelona.

“Zlatan is really happy to join the Rossoneri and is delighted that they will be in the Champions League. This was a key factor for him.”

In the meantime, other Italian sources reveal that Marco Borriello could be moving to Barcelona in a part exchange deal for Ibrahimovic.

Questioned about the transfer, the Italian striker did not deny a potential move.

“Will I go to Barcelona? Who knows…” he told SkySport24.

Galliani confirms Ibrahimovic talks
23.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has confirmed he intends to fly to Barcelona on Wednesday to negotiate the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Galliani told the Italian media last night that he would do everything to sign the Swedish striker, although Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola later countered that suggestion on Sky Italia by saying his client is 99.9 per cent staying in Catalonia.

Speaking to ANSA, Galliani said: “The negotiations start on Wednesday and it's still all to do.”

When asked if players like Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be offered in exchange, he said: “We don't know. It's a deal, which is all still to do. We haven't assumed anything.

“The deal is yet to be built.”

Milan are in Barcelona on Wednesday for the annual Gamper Trophy, which is said to be the occasion when a meeting will take place.

The Spanish media claim Milan want to Ibrahimovic on loan and that they are prepared to pay 60 per cent of his wages.

However, that appears unlikely as Milan have a very tight wage ceiling and Ibrahimovic wouldn't fit under it even at that rate.

AC Milan lack speed, says Allegri
23.8 || webmaster

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Milan Coach Max Allegri believes his side needs to do thinks quicker if they are to challenge for honours this season.

Milan lost the Berlusconi Trophy 5-4 on penalties last night after holding Juventus to a 0-0 draw in normal time.

“The team played a good game,” he said. “The defensive side of things went well. We conceded little to the opponents and we created various goalscoring opportunities, but we made the wrong choices when it came to the final ball.

“We still lack speed, but everything will be in place in a week’s time. In the end, you need to be compact to win games and I hope we’ll find that when winning really starts to count.

“I have always said that the pre-season is a phase of preparation, and logically I am not happy to have lost this friendly in front of the fans.

“We must exploit the qualities of our individuals because we have many qualities and they must be put at the service of the team.”

'Ibrahimovic 99.9% staying'
23.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 99.9 per cent staying at Barcelona amid talk of a move to Milan, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

Last night Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed he is interested in signing the former Inter striker and will do everything within reason to make a deal happen.

However, Raiola maintained the stance he has kept all summer in insisting that Ibrahimovic has absolutely no intention of leaving the Camp Nou after just one year in Spain.

Ibrahimovic was left out of the Barcelona team that beat Sevilla 4-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Saturday night, increasing speculation about his future.

Interviewed on Sky Italia, Raiola said: “I believe it’s an impossible operation. Barcelona have made us understand that they don’t want to sell.

“I have spoken with the club and Guardiola doesn’t want to sell him.

“We are honoured by Milan’s interest and that of many other clubs who want Zlatan.

“It makes us very happy to know that Berlusconi and Galliani respect him. But we need to see the reality and Zlatan in red and black is an impossible operation.”

When asked about the prospect of a loan, Raiola said: “I exclude it. He is not the kind of player who goes out on loan, but I exclude almost categorically that Ibrahimovic will leave Barcelona.

“Many teams want him and expect that he will be sold, but right now it’s not like this. The Coach commands and will absolutely not sell him.

“Zlatan is used to fighting for his place, there are no problems. Guardiola bought him a year ago for €70m. He believes in him and won’t let him leave after 12 months.

“He remains Barcelona’s first striker. He is 99.9 per cent staying in Catalonia. I don’t hide the fact that he doesn’t like being out of the team, then again we’ll see what happens on September 1. But I repeat, Guardiola has decided not to sell him. But like Galliani said, we can dream!”

Trofeo Berlusconi: AC Milan 0:0 (4:5) Juventus - match report
23.8 || webmaster

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Ronaldinho impressed for Milan, but Thiago Silva missed the decisive penalty as Juventus lift the Trofeo Berlusconi.

This traditional friendly at San Siro precedes the start of the Serie A season and gave the opportunity for both teams to test out their new managers.

Gigi Del Neri rested Diego and Amauri, giving Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet and Jorge Martinez the chance to shine.

Milan were without the injured Alexandre Pato, Alessandro Nesta and new signing Kevin Prince Boateng, so youngster Nnamdi Oduamadi started alongside Marco Borriello and Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho pounced on a defensive error to thread through for Marco Borriello, but Alex Manninger rushed out to smother at his feet.

The Brazilian created another great chance with his cross-field pass, but Oduamadi's first touch let him down.

At the other end, Del Piero flashed an angled drive across the face of goal from a Martinez slide-rule assist and Trezeguet's diving header was too weak to trouble Christian Abbiati.

Clarence Seedorf's right-foot snapshot skimmed a coat of paint off the upright and Manninger did well to parry a Daniele Bonera volley from outside the box.

Oduamadi twice wasted good chances, as the teen couldn't keep his cool in front of goal. From the corner, a brilliant Seedorf volley from 20 metres skimmed the far post.

In the second half Ronaldinho curled a splendid free kick from the left corner of the box that Manninger flew to palm away with one strong hand.

Abbiati punched another Del Piero set piece, but Giorgio Chiellini needed a crucial intervention to stop Seedorf pulling the trigger from eight yards after the Dutchman's first touch had committed Nicola Legrottaglie.

Pippo Inzaghi came off the bench and sprung the offside trap, forcing Manninger to come flying out of the box to clear. Diego fired a piledriver off target, while Mathieu Flamini skipped between two defenders to test Manninger with a one-handed save at the base of the near post.

Marco Motta stung Abbiati's palms with a rising angled drive and Flamini again went close. Deep into stoppages Massimo Ambrosini's tackle on the very edge of the area allowed Diego to take a free kick, but it hit teammate Chiellini in the wall and Felipe Melo fired the rebound over.

Without goals after 90 minutes, it went to penalties. Ronaldinho and Simone Pepe converted, but Thiago Silva ballooned well over the bar.

Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Bonera, Davide Lanzafame, Inzaghi, Diego and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar all scored successfully. Motta took the decisive spot-kick and squeezed it under Abbiati's hand to give Juventus the 20th edition of the Trofeo Berlusconi.

Milan 0-0 Juventus (4-5 on pens)

Penalties: Ronaldinho (goal), Pepe (goal), Thiago Silva (miss), Bonucci (goal), Bonera (goal), Lanzafame (goal), Inzaghi (goal), Diego (goal), Huntelaar (goal), Motta (goal)

Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Papastathopoulos, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Ambrosini, Pirlo (Gattuso 72), Seedorf (Huntelaar 76); Oduamadi (Flamini 66), Borriello (Inzaghi 60), Ronaldinho

Juventus: Manninger; Grygera (Motta 79), Legrottaglie (Bonucci 72), Chiellini, De Ceglie; Pepe, Marchisio (Sissoko 58), Felipe Melo, Martinez (Lanzafame 72); Trezeguet (Amauri 58), Del Piero (Diego 58)

Ref: Romeo

Galliani: 'We'll try for Ibrahimovic'
23.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirm a bid for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “We'll try.”

The Rossoneri have been repeatedly linked with Ibra, who is not a part of Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola's plans.

“Zlatan to Milan? Who knows…” said President Berlusconi when asked about the move this evening on Sky Sport Italia.

Galliani was a little more talkative at San Siro ahead of tonight's Trofeo Berlusconi match against Juventus.

“We'll try, even if it's going to be difficult,” said the Vice-President and effectively the man in charge of transfers.

“I don't want to get into tactical debates, but I think the team is in good shape and we'll see how it goes this season. I am fairly optimistic.”

Ibrahimovic would only be able to make the move on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Even then, his wages are considered very high for Milan's current financial policy.

Agent: Bocchetti 'in AC Milan talks'
23.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Genoa and Italy defender Salvatore Bocchetti has been linked with Juventus, but his agent confirms “they are negotiating with Milan.”

The centre-back was one of those tipped to strengthen the Bianconeri squad in the last week of the transfer market.

However, it seems they face strong competition from the Rossoneri.

“Bocchetti to Milan? It's too early to say, even if Genoa and Milan are negotiating and the club definitely wants Salvatore,” said agent Andrea D'Amico on Calcionews24.

“In all honesty, I think he is a player worthy of Milan. At this moment he is concentrated on this delicate phase of pre-season, as it's crucial for his fitness throughout the year.

“If he will end up wearing the Genoa or the Milan jersey, that remains to be seen…”

The two clubs have already performed some transfer deals this summer, as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Kevin Prince Boateng moved to San Siro.

Borriello key to Ibrahimovic move?
23.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan could be tempted to hand Marco Borriello over to Barcelona in order to bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it’s reported.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport this morning, the Rossoneri have not lost hope of taking Ibra back to Serie A.

The Swede is not part of Pep Guardiola’s plans and did not feature in last night’s Spanish Super Cup 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla.

Milan had originally planned to sell Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in order to raise funds for the move, but the Dutchman has repeatedly turned down offers from other clubs.

It’s now suggested Borriello could be loaned to Barcelona in a straight swap with Ibrahimovic.

However, as Vice-President Adriano Galliani explained, that still doesn’t solve the problem of Ibra’s wages.

The Gazzetta claims the only way the move could go through would be for Barcelona to cover half his salary for the season.

“In Spain the tax rate on wages for footballers is 24 per cent, while in Italy the gross is roughly double the net sum,” said Galliani last night.

“This is why I say that Ibrahimovic at Milan is 99.9 per cent a dream. Having said that, dreams are always enjoyable to experience, so we'll see what happens in the final week of the transfer session.”

Thiago Silva invites Diego to AC Milan
22.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Thiago Silva says Juventus star Diego would be “in his element” at Milan as the two face off in tonight’s Trofeo Berlusconi.

His fellow Brazilians Diego and Felipe Melo struggled in their first season in Turin, but the defender settled in at Milanello right away.

“When a team goes badly there is an ugly tendency to blame one or two players, when that really isn’t the case,” Thiago Silva told Tuttosport.

“Diego is the typical player who would be in his element at a side like Milan. If I had been asked for transfer advice, I would’ve told Adriano Galliani to sign him.”

Thiago Silva was also at the centre of transfer gossip with Real Madrid reportedly offering £25m for his services.

“I am at Milan and happy to be here. I am convinced we’ll have a great season together and achieve something important.

“In my view, we are on a par with Inter, it’s just that they have considerably more strength in depth.

“For example, when Ronaldinho is out of action, we do not have a player who can effectively replace him. That made the difference last season.”

Allegri: 'I expect more from Ronaldinho'
22.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Max Allegri leads Milan into the Trofeo Berlusconi against Juventus this evening. “I expect more from Ronaldinho.”

The Coach has had middling results during pre-season since taking over from Leonardo and faces tonight's game without Alexandre Pato, Alessandro Nesta or new buy Kevin Prince Boateng.

“I am pleased with Boateng's arrival, but he needs a little time to settle in. He played in the World Cup with Ghana and is physically a little behind the others.”

Allegri is looking for a change of pace from someone who did not take part in the South African tournament.

“Ronaldinho will do better than he did in the Trofeo TIM. In general I expect him to do much better than last season, but everyone expects this from him.

“Dinho is 30 years old, he is in the prime of his career and it's up to him to prove that he is still a world class player. If every individual improves, we can fight for the Scudetto.

“People say Milan have an old squad, but in today's football a 33-year-old can do a great deal at the highest level. The team is young inside and hungry for victory.

“This side must have belief in its champions, its youngsters who are growing and these lads who can do so much. Milan are a team of champions, not of old men. Age is an alibi.”

The title race again starts with Inter as the favourites, even though Jose Mourinho has now left.

“I won't miss Mourinho,” smiled Allegri. “I can miss my daughter, or I can miss a beautiful woman, but if I miss Mourinho then it's a bad sign!”

Galliani: 'Ibrahimovic is a dream'
22.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani explains the two reasons why seeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Milan “is 99.9 per cent a dream.”

The Swede is currently unhappy at Barcelona, fuelling reports he will come to San Siro this season on loan.

“Ibrahimovic is a great player who earns an impossible sum for Italian football,” the Rossoneri Vice-President told 7 Gold television.

“There are two reasons for this. Firstly Barcelona make double what Milan do. Secondly in Spain the tax rate on wages for footballers is 24 per cent, while in Italy the gross is roughly double the net sum.

“This regime no longer exists from January 1 2010, but not when it comes to old contracts.

“This is why I say that Ibrahimovic at Milan is 99.9 per cent a dream. Having said that, dreams are always enjoyable to experience, so we'll see what happens in the final week of the transfer session.”

Milan have made very few buys this summer, bringing in Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Kevin Prince Boateng from Genoa.

The latter caused controversy, as the Rossoneri took the Ghanaian on loan straight after his switch from Portsmouth.

“It is not yet decided whether for Boateng it is just a loan. It is possible from here to the end of the transfer market we could buy out half his contract.

“There are two alternatives. Either he plays for Milan on loan with an option to buy or in a co-ownership deal with Genoa.”

Allegri: 'Ibrahimovic would be important'
22.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Coach Max Allegri admits “Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be an important buy, but there’s no point talking about him now.”

The Swede is at the centre of a row with Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, who this weekend refused to comment on the striker’s future.

“I’m hardly the first to discover he is a great champion,” said Allegri when asked about Ibra in today’s Press conference.

“Of course he would be an important buy, but there’s no point talking about him now. I only want to discuss concrete matters.

“I’ll only talk about Ibrahimovic if and when he arrives. He has always proved himself to be a champion and would be important for the team, but right now I only want to discuss Milan players.”

General manager Ariedo Braida also commented on the consistent reports linking the club to Ibrahimovic.

“If he is gifted to us, then we’ll take him. I do like talented players,” said Braida.

The rumours suggest that Barcelona are ready to loan Ibra out to Milan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Boateng out of Trofeo Berlusconi
22.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Kevin Prince Boateng will not make his Milan debut this weekend, as he is out of the squad for the Trofeo Berlusconi against Juventus.

The Ghanaian completed his move from Genoa this week and has been training with his teammates for several days.

He was expected to make his first appearance in a Rossoneri jersey on Sunday evening in the traditional Trofeo Berlusconi match.

However, Boateng is not even in the squad named by Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

It’s likely we’ll see the former Portsmouth star make his debut against Barcelona on August 25 for the Gamper Trophy or in the opening Serie A round next weekend.

Milan squad: Abbiati, Amelia, Roma; Antonini, Bonera, Papastathopoulos, Thiago Silva, Yepes; Abate, Ambrosini, Flamini, Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf, Strasser; Borriello, Huntelaar, Inzaghi, Oduamadi, Ronaldinho.

AC Milan target Ibrahimovic on edge
22.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are on alert after Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola refused to comment on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future.

“With regards to Ibrahimovic, the best thing at the moment is silence,” said Guardiola after intense questioning from the media.

“It is better that I don’t say anything. That is my decision. I am the Coach and I decide when to talk and what to talk about.”

It is well known that the Rossoneri are interested in the Swede and would be eager to snap him up on loan with the option to buy at the end of the season.

With the arrival of David Villa, it is likely Ibra will be pushed on to the bench or even the stands this season.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, matters could come to a head on August 25 when Barcelona and Milan face off for the Gamper Trophy.

It will be the opportunity for intensive negotiations to bring Ibrahimovic to San Siro.

Boateng promises 100 per cent
20.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan's new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng intends to give his utmost and believes that the circumstances of his transfer shouldn't be scrutinised.

The Ghana international joined Milan on loan from Genoa earlier this week with a view to a permanent move next summer.

Genoa had only just signed him from Portsmouth, leading some to believe that Milan convinced Genoa to make the purchase for them because they currently lack liquidity.

“It's a great step for my career. I have to thank God and my family. It's a dream come true. My team-mates, the staff and the Coach have welcomed me like a family and I have never seen a training ground like Milanello before.

“For me, it doesn't count how Milan signed me. I feel 100 per cent Milan and I must show that I am able to play at this level.

“The competition doesn't frighten me. I know that it's not easy to find space, but I'll work hard and learn from Pirlo, Seedorf and Gattuso.

“Everything that you read about me is in the past. I am a new person with respect to when I was young. I have learnt from the errors and I ask you to wait a year before judging me.”

Bologna's bid for Huntelaar fails
20.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have turned down an offer from Bologna for Holland international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

It's no secret that Milan have privately flaunted the 27-year-old on the market this summer.

Il Corriere understands that Bologna called in an offer yesterday, but Milan's director of sport Ariedo Braida turned it down.

Bologna had wanted him on loan, but Milan weren't interested, insisting that Huntelaar can only leave for a transfer fee worth between €10m and €12m.

Franco Colomba is now pursuing alternatives such as Denni Avdic, the Elfsborg striker who missed a sitter against Napoli in last night's Europa League Play-off.

Ronaldinho in Palmeiras talks?
19.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Brazilian television claims Milan are on the verge of handing Ronaldinho to Palmeiras with an announcement ‘due imminently’.

This isn’t the first time that Dinho has been linked with a return to Brazil this summer, as he was previously connected to Sao Paulo and Flamengo.

It was reported today on Sport TV that a deal has been struck between agent Roberto de Assis and Palmeiras director of sport Gilberto Cipullo.

The same station claims that an announcement is “due imminently” and Milan have given the all-clear for negotiations over personal terms.

The Rossoneri have repeatedly assured that Ronaldinho will not be leaving San Siro this season.

His contract expires in July 2011 and it’s reported he would be loaned out only if he penned a new deal.

Otherwise, a sale to a Brazilian club would bring in some cash rather than lose him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

'Ibrahimovic is staying at Barcelona'
19.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at Barcelona this summer despite interest from Milan, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

Last night, Milan's director of sport Ariedo Braida said a transfer 'could happen', but that it doesn't depend on them.

Catalan daily newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claimed that Milan had offered to take Ibrahimovic on a one-year loan, paying 60 per cent of his wages.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Raiola said thanks but no thanks, outlining his client's intention to see out his contract at the Camp Nou.

"Words of respect, those of Braida, which make us happy. But it starts and ends here," Raiola explained.

"Zlatan is staying at Barcelona, the club with whom he has a four-year contract.

"There aren't talks with any other clubs. Mourinho respects him, Ancelotti respects him, even clubs in Germany respect him, but Ibra is staying at Barca."

AS Roma keen on Jankulovski
19.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Roma's search for a back-up for John-Arne Riise has taken them to Milan where they are interested in signing Marek Jankulovski.

The Czech full-back is surplus to requirements at San Siro and Milan have been trying to offload him since January.

Roma had lined up Fiorentina's Massimo Gobbi as an alternative to Riise, but Parma hijacked their bid and picked him up on a free transfer yesterday afternoon.

Gobbi's agent, Lorenzo Marronaro said: “We waited for Roma until the last minute. Now an offer from Parma has arrived - a three-year deal worth €800,000 a season. What can you say?”

Roma have already tried to sign Jankulovski in the past under Luciano Spalletti, but he was still a regular and thought of as indispensable.

However, the situation has changed and Il Corriere dello Sport understands Roma hope to use their good relationship with Milan to strike a deal.

Boateng: 'My dream come true'
19.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Kevin-Prince Boateng has described joining Milan as a dream come true and expects to win things with his new club.

The Ghana international midfielder arrives on loan from Genoa, although Milan have an option to sign him outright next summer.

Interviewed in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Boateng said: “Playing for this club was a dream and now I have realised it. I want Milan with all my power.

“I knew of their history. So I knew that I was coming to the most important club in the world. Milan are in first place ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“Milan have fantastic players, there is nothing to fear. My objective is to help this team do well and get the chance to show my worth in exchange.

“I am a normal 23-year-old guy who loves playing football. I know I have this hunger and I ask for only one thing: judge me on what you see on the pitch.

“The past is the past. Right now I am only thinking about doing well here.”

AC Milan: 'Ibrahimovic move is possible'
19.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan director general Ariedo Braida reveals “it’s not easy to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but it is possible.”

The Rossoneri have repeatedly been linked with the Barcelona striker this summer and the clearest indication yet of a genuine plan has now emerged.

“I know Ibrahimovic well and he is a great player. The problem is that Milan have three, four or five forwards for two or three places,” director general Braida told Spanish channel RAC-1.

“In order to sign a new striker, we’d have to sell one. Having said that, everything is possible. Yes, this can happen.

“It doesn’t just depend on us, as it also depends on Barcelona and the player. It’s not easy to sign Ibrahimovic, but it is possible.”

Ibra is seeking a move after the arrival of World Cup winner David Villa pushed him on to the Nou Camp bench.

There have also been reports linking Milan with Barca defender Martin Caceres, who spent last season on loan at Juventus.

“No, that simply is not possible. Milan already have 11 defenders for four places.”

Pato ruled out of Juventus match
18.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alexandre Pato is out of the Trofeo Berlusconi clash with Juventus after spraining his ankle, confirmed Milan.

The Brazilian picked up the injury to his right ankle during training this week and tests have shown a sprain.

Medical staff have urged him to rest for at least five days and undergo physiotherapy so that he can return to action on Monday August 23.

This means Pato is ruled out of the prestigious friendly tournament, the Trofeo Berlusconi, on Sunday August 22.

This game is played every summer at San Siro between Milan and Juventus.

OFFICIAL: AC Milan sign Boateng
18.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have formally announced the signing of Genoa midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a season-long loan.

The Ghana international could make his debut in the Luigi Berlusconi Trophy on Sunday when Milan face Juventus.

Boateng's transfer has caused a great deal of speculation in Italy as Genoa seem to have paid Portsmouth €6.5m only to loan him out immediately.

The 23-year-old becomes Milan's sixth signing of the transfer window and their third from Genoa this summer.

Boateng is expected to train with his new team-mates for the first time tomorrow.

Ibrahimovic would join AC Milan
18.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

If Zlatan Ibrahimovic were to leave Barcelona this summer, he would join Milan, according to Catalan daily paper El Mundo Deportivo.

The 28-year-old's future is uncertain at the Camp Nou after World Cup-winning striker David Villa arrived from Valencia in a £34.2m transfer.

Despite repeating that he intends to stay at Barcelona, speculation linking him with a move back to Italy refuses to go away.

El Mundo Deportivo claims Manchester City held talks with Barcelona about Ibrahimovic, but the player rejected the chance to be reunited with former boss Roberto Mancini.

Milan are apparently willing to take Ibrahimovic on a one-year loan and would even be prepared to pay 60 per cent of his wages.

It remains to be seen whether Ibrahimovic would actually consider a move to the Rossoneri given his past with Inter, but the Spanish media is adamant that a return to San Siro is the most viable option even if it is with Milan.

Preziosi explains Boateng transfer
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Kevin Prince Boateng “is still a Genoa player,” as President Enrico Preziosi explains why his team could afford the Ghanaian and Milan couldn’t.

“Boateng is a Genoa player who, awaiting the finalisation of an agreement between Milan and Genoa over the next few days, has been given permission to train and play friendlies with the Rossoneri,” read a statement on the Rossoblu website.

This is a bizarre transfer with minnows Genoa paying around €6.5m to take him from Portsmouth and immediately loan the player out to Champions League contenders Milan.

“Genoa were following Boateng before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. It was a good shop window for him, but one cannot rely on a World Cup alone,” President Preziosi told the Corriere dello Sport.

“Milan have an unusual situation, as they have many players on the last year of their contracts and are keeping an eye on the balance sheet.

“Instead we had more of an opportunity to move for Boateng. For now he is joining the Rossoneri on loan.

“Will he return to Genoa? He could do, but in a way I hope he doesn’t. If Milan buy him outright then it’ll mean we both saw this is a great player and Genoa will have made a healthy profit.”

The transfer deals continue, as Giuseppe Sculli is on the verge of joining Inter as a replacement for Mario Balotelli.

“You’ll see what Sculli can do at Inter. Someone might’ve underestimated him, but he is an excellent player.”

Huntelaar to switch with Ben Arfa?
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Marseille are prepared to offer Hatem Ben Arfa in exchange for Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, according to Le Parisien.

Didier Deschamps is in the market for a target man to replace his captain Mamadou Niang who joined Fenerbahce last week.

He has so far seen his efforts to sign Sevilla's Luis Fabiano come to nothing and has therefore turned his attention to Huntelaar.

Deschamps is keen to include Ben Arfa in any deal for Huntelaar after the France international went on strike last week.

Ben Arfa didn't train again yesterday and would like to force a move away from the Old Port, although his preferred destination is Newcastle United.

Nevertheless, it seems unlikely that he would turn down the opportunity to join a club like Milan.

Marseille consider Ben Arfa to be worth €10m, a figure that would bring Huntelaar's price down greatly.

Parma are also said to be interested in signing Ben Arfa on loan ahead of next season.

'Camoranesi likes AC Milan talk'
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Juventus winger Mauro Camoranesi would consider a move to Milan this summer, according to his agent.

The veteran Italy international is out of favour in Turin, but Juventus haven’t yet been able to flog him.

Camoranesi has already rejected moves to Olympiacos, Hercules and Birmingham City, and is prepared to see out the remaining year of his contract.

However, Milan have apparently rekindled their interest in him amid reports of a swap deal for Kakha Kaladze.

Speaking to Calciomercato.it, Camoranesi’s agent Sergio Fortunato said: “At the moment there isn’t any official news, only rumours.”

When pressed about Milan, he added: “Obviously it would be a pleasant destination, but at the moment no one from the Rossoneri have got in touch with me. I consider it only a simple piece of journalistic indiscretion.

“However, in football you never know. Even things that seem ever more unrealisable can become real.

“The truth is that we are in the position of waiting for an offer. We are waiting for a team to come forward for Mauro. We are still confident.

“Some teams will start looking around to see where they can improve. It’s a shame for Birmingham because Mauro would have liked to play in the Premier League a lot. It’s a League that he appreciates.”

Nesta undergoes hand operation
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Milan centre-back Alessandro Nesta has had an operation on his right hand after suffering a fracture during the TIM Cup at the weekend.

The 34-year-old fell awkwardly while playing against Juventus and will miss the Berlusconi Trophy match next Sunday.

However, following surgery yesterday morning, Nesta is expected to return in time for Milan’s season opener against Lecce at San Siro.

The former Lazio captain will be restricted from playing competitively for seven days, but he’ll still be allowed to participate in various training sessions while wearing a protective cast.

A statement released on the club’s website said that Professor Carlo Grandis had carried out the operation ‘perfectly’.

Boateng to make AC Milan debut?
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Kevin-Prince Boateng will train with Milan today and is expected to feature in Sunday’s Luigi Berlusconi trophy match against Juventus.

The Ghana international midfielder joins from Genoa who La Gazzetta dello Sport understands have paid Portsmouth €6.5m for his transfer.

Boateng has missed both of Portsmouth’s opening games in the Championship, but played against Fulham in pre-season.

The 23-year-old has completed a medical in Genoa and was seen at Milanello yesterday afternoon.

The exact nature of Boateng’s move from Genoa to Milan is unclear. However, the two clubs have already done a lot of business this summer.

Marco Amelia arrived on loan at San Siro with the option to buy. He was followed by Sokratis Papastathopoulos, although he moved on a permanent basis.

Despite reports that Boateng will be loaned to Milan with the option to buy included, La Gazzetta understands a co-ownership is very much on the cards.

Yepes: AC Milan are the perfect club
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Colombian centre-back Mario Yepes believes he made the right choice in joining Milan this summer.

The veteran defender was one of the first deals of the transfer window, arriving as a free agent from Chievo.

Speaking after the TIM Cup at the weekend, Yepes said: “Facing a player like Diego Milito is never easy. But I believe that it went well.

“My fitness is improving. Being at Milan means you learn many things.

“Since I arrived, I realised that many things work perfectly both from an organisational and a technical point of view.

“Milanello puts you in the condition to do your best.

“I am always learning more about my team-mates and this is a great advantage for the future.”

Allegri won't choose goalkeeper yet
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Massimiliano Allegri trusts Milan can feel secure with both Christian Abbiati and Marco Amelia in the squad.

“I am happy to have these two goalkeepers, as they certainly give you a sense of security having them back there,” said the Coach.

Amelia in particular impressed with his saves in the Trofeo TIM, which saw a 1-1 draw with Juventus and 0-0 against Inter.

It is not yet clear which of the two shot-stoppers will be the first choice at San Siro when the campaign kicks off.

“I was happy enough with the performance, but we still made a few mistakes that need to be corrected before the start of the season.

“There were some good things, although too often we allow counter-attacks without putting up any opposition.

“Ronaldinho played well, but it was his first game of pre-season, so he’ll have time to improve his fitness and form.”

Kaladze - Grosso exchange?
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Juventus and Milan are considering another exchange deal with Kakha Kaladze, as Fabio Grosso could move instead of Mauro Camoranesi.

It was reported this weekend that the two clubs were considering a straight swap of veteran internationals.

Camoranesi rejected the move to Birmingham City in a row over wages, but is still looking for a side where he can play regularly.

He was originally set to arrive in Milan in exchange for Georgian defender Kaladze, but there seems to have been a change of plan.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri would still like to hand over Kaladze, but in exchange for Grosso rather than Camoranesi.

Grosso would fill the gap Milan currently have at left-back and be reunited with his 2006 World Cup winning teammate Gianluca Zambrotta.

The former Inter and Lyon man has been a flop at Juventus and is eager to revive his career at San Siro.

Zambrotta: 'AC Milan on a par with Inter'
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Gianluca Zambrotta is confident Milan are “on a par with Juventus and Inter” after their Trofeo TIM encounters.

Last night the trophy consisted of two 45-minute matches. The Rossoneri drew both, beating Juve on penalties and losing the shoot-out to their local rivals.

“Despite the extreme heat in Bari, we played two good games and are improving,” said the veteran full-back.

“The tempo was a little low because of the weather and of course the strain of pre-season training.

“We are on a par with Juventus and Inter, though. We must keep on working and all agree with the Coach, who said he was satisfied.”

The summer tournament was won by the Nerazzurri at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari.

Huntelaar: 'I'll be ready for AC Milan'
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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar insists he has no intention of leaving Milan and promises he’ll be ready for the start of the season.

The Dutchman made his seasonal debut in the Trofeo TIM last night, where his team finished second behind Inter.

“It’s a shame we lost on penalties, but they were my first 45 minutes on the field since I resumed training and I think all things considered it went pretty well,” said ‘The Hunter.’

The World Cup finalist has been linked to a number of clubs, including Benfica and Schalke 04, but seems determined to stick it out at San Siro.

Precisely because he went all the way in South Africa, Huntelaar has only just started training again seven days ago and is therefore out of shape.

“It has been a difficult week for me with the return to training, but I want to be ready for the start of the season.”

Camoranesi - Kaladze exchange?
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Mauro Camoranesi could go to Milan in an exchange deal with Kakha Kaladze, according to reports.

The Juventus winger was all set for his transfer to Birmingham City, but talks collapsed this week over a wage row.

“They had offered us some conditions and we agreed them with Juve director general Beppe Marotta, but when I came back to Birmingham they were offering much less,” said agent Sergio Fortunato.

“We couldn’t ask Juventus to stump up more than 40 per cent of his wages.”

Camoranesi is now looking elsewhere and the Corriere dello Sport newspaper has an intriguing theory.

The 2006 World Cup winner would go to Milan in a straight swap with Georgian international defender Kaladze.

Juve need a reliable centre-back to act as understudy for the young Leonardo Bonucci.

Kaladze has barely stepped on to the pitch in the last two seasons due to injury and simply because he was not picked.

The Georgian made it clear this summer he was tired of sitting in the stands and wanted a change of scenery.

Other alternatives for Camoranesi are Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain.

Boateng: 'I'm moving to Italy'
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Kevin Prince Boateng admits he is “about to move to Italy,” but will it be for Genoa or Milan?

The Portsmouth star has been at the centre of negotiations ever since his splendid World Cup campaign with Ghana.

He spoke to German newspaper Bild and was quoted as saying: “I am about to move to Italy. It is a dream come true for me.”

Genoa have decided to sign the player for around €6m in cash, as originally Anthony Vanden Borre was meant to be part of the exchange.

However, the Belgian international – who spent last season on loan at Portsmouth – refused a permanent switch there.

Although Genoa will complete the transfer within days, Boateng will not stay at Marassi.

Milan have already agreed to take the player on loan for a fee this season and then buy him out in July 2011.

TIM Cup: Inter beat Juventus and AC Milan
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Inter won the Trofeo TIM by defeating Juventus 1-0 with Wesley Sneijder and seeing off Milan on penalties, but the Bianconeri lost both games.

The summer tournament is a traditional fixture of the Italian pre-season calendar and this year was hosted by the Stadio San Nicola in Bari.

It consists of three 45-minute matches, with three points assigned for a win, two if it’s a victory on penalties and one if losing a shoot-out.

The opening game was Inter-Juventus and the Treble winners came out on top thanks to a lone goal from Sneijder.

Gigi Del Neri tested out a system with David Trezeguet supported by Simone Pepe, Alessandro Del Piero and Davide Lanzafame, but the experiment was disappointing.

Samuel Eto’o, Victor Obinna and Goran Pandev repeatedly threatened to score before Douglas Maicon’s run set up Sneijder for a perfect shot into the top corner.

Following that 1-0 result, Juventus took on Milan and it was at least a slight improvement with the introduction of Diego.

The Brazilian was on fine form, but so was Rossoneri goalkeeper Marco Amelia, who denied Diego and Lanzafame.

Milan youngster Oduamadi got to the byline and his cross found Ronaldinho’s right-foot curler to open the scoring. This was Dinho’s first pre-season friendly appearance after a muscular injury.

Amauri wasted chances, but Diego’s angled drive from a Lanzafame through ball made it 1-1 after 45 minutes.

It went to penalties, where Pepe and Amauri made the decisive mistakes, as Juve lost 5-3.

In the final mini-match there was a Derby della Madonnina for the trophy. Pippo Inzaghi turned 37 this month, but was their most effective striker on the night and rattled the crossbar.

Luca Castellazzi also parried an Andrea Pirlo free kick, while at the other end Diego Milito was denied by a Mario Yepes goalline clearance.

There were no goals in this tie, so it again went to a shoot-out. It ended 3-2 for Inter, as there were errors from Mathieu Flamini, Amantino Mancini, Inzaghi, Dejan Stankovic and Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho targets the title
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Ronaldinho is convinced that his Milan side have what it takes to wrest the Scudetto away from city rivals Inter.

The Nerazzurri will again begin a new season as favourites for the title, but the Brazilian insists that his Rossoneri shouldn’t be underestimated.

“I am sure that we can win the Scudetto,” he boasted. “I also think that we can go far in the Champions League even if we know that will be tough.”

Much is expected of Ronaldinho this term, especially by new boss Massimiliano Allegri who is ready to build his side around the former Barcelona sensation.

“I’m feeling good and I’m ready to respond to Allegri’s call,” continued the South American. “We lacked a little towards the end of last season but now we are ready to do well.”

Ronaldinho will be used on the left of an attacking trident by the ex-Cagliari boss, but he has underlined that he will be at the full disposal of the tactician.

“I’m used to starting out on the left, but I can play in the middle – I’ll play wherever the Coach tells me to,” he added.

“We’ve spoken and Allegri has told me what he expects of me. He wants me to provide assists and that’s what I love to do.”

Dinho’s future was cast into some doubt over the summer as numerous clubs were attracted by the fact that his Milan contract expires next June.

“It runs out in a year but it is not a problem,” continued Ronaldinho. “We’ll talk about it in the future, but for now I am just thinking of playing well on the pitch.

“[Owner Silvio] Berlusconi has said he wants me to stay here for life and anything that he says is possible! I have a special relationship with him.”

Allegri hails new Ronaldinho
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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri expects Ronaldinho to be the club’s best signing of the summer – despite the fact that the Brazilian arrived in 2008.

“He had an excellent last campaign, but he can give more,” the new Coach said in an interview with Il Giornale.

“Milan’s best signing of the summer could be the real Ronaldinho. He now weighs 83.7kg, whereas he was at 87 all last season.”

Allegri, who replaces Leonardo at the club, expects a lot from the Brazilian and concedes that Milan’s shape will vary on whether Ronaldinho is in the team or not.

“With him on the field he’ll play wide left in a 4-3-3,” added the former Cagliari boss. “Without him we’ll play with a trequartista, Clarence Seedorf, behind two strikers.”

Seedorf, though, will also be used as an alternative to Andrea Pirlo in the deep midfield playmaker role.

“When Pirlo is not available then Seedorf will take his spot,” Allegri continued. “I’ve already told him that and his response was to give me a month’s worth of intense training.”

Allegri also suggested that Portsmouth’s Kevin Prince Boateng would arrive, via Genoa, next week and cleared up who would start the season in goal.

Milan’s decision to sign Marco Amelia on loan from Genoa did raise doubts about Christian Abbiati’s position at the club.

“Abbiati is in great shape and he’ll be the first choice, even if we are all very content with Amelia,” the former midfielder stated.

The tactician is also hopeful that his side will be able to challenge Inter for the Scudetto this season.

“They are not that far away,” he noted. “Roma and Milan are about equal, with the same chances of troubling the Nerazzurri.

“However, don’t underestimate Juventus. They are a solid team and Gigi Del Neri has already organised them well in defence.”

Allegri will get a close look at Juventus and Inter tonight as his Milan side will face them in the Trofeo TIM.

Huntelaar holds up AC Milan transfers
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Milan have plans for Lukas Podolski, Serie B top scorer Eder or Tottenham’s Giovani Dos Santos, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is holding them all up.

The Rossoneri must sell before they can bring in reinforcements and Huntelaar is the only one capable of a €15m deal.

If they manage to offload the Dutchman, then they can turn that money towards a bid for Germany and FC Köln man Podolski (pictured).

The 25-year-old spent three seasons at Bayern Munich, but returned to Köln on a four-year contract last summer for €10m.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, there are also back-up plans for Tottenham’s 21-year-old Mexican talent Giovani Dos Santos and Eder of Empoli.

Eder was top scorer in Serie B last season and has been on the verge of joining newly-promoted Brescia for several weeks.

However, he keeps putting off the final negotiations and it’s reportedly because he is waiting for a call from Milan.

It is all academic until the club manages to sell Huntelaar, but he has continually rejected offers from the likes of Benfica and now Schalke 04.

The San Siro giants are also waiting to take Ghanaian World Cup sensation Kevin Prince Boateng on loan from Genoa once he is signed by the Marassi side.

Genoa had a deal to take Boateng in exchange for cash plus Anthony Vanden Borre, but it’s reported that the Belgian international has scuppered the move by refusing a permanent switch to Portsmouth.

Schalke chase Huntelaar
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Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is attracting interest from Schalke 04, according to reports.

The Dutch international has struggled in his debut Serie A season and is thought to be on the market for the right price.

He had previously been linked with the likes of Benfica and Werder Bremen, but is now heading towards Gelsenkirchen.

German newspaper Kicker suggests Huntelaar can be reunited with old Real Madrid teammate Raul at Schalke 04.

There was also talk of Juventus showing an interest in ‘The Hunter.’

Huntelaar has very little space at San Siro, as Marco Borriello, Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho are all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Hungry Pippo Inzaghi wants action
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Pippo Inzaghi believes he can again be a key figure for Milan after Massimiliano Allegri replaced Leonardo at San Siro.

Inzaghi struggled for regular first team opportunities under the Brazilian last term, but he’s ready to once more bang in the goals for the Rossoneri.

“I wasn’t really considered last season, but that is water under the bridge,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport 24 today as he celebrated his 37th birthday.

“Now I want to become an important player for the team again. I’m very calm and I want to give my contribution.

“Allegri has brought with him some fresh enthusiasm. We may need a little luck, but I’m optimistic for the season ahead.

“I think we have everything that we need to do well.”

Inzaghi also insisted that Ronaldinho, who continues to be linked with moves away from San Siro, could have a campaign to remember.

“I see that he’s very serene,” added the 2006 World Cup winner. “He’s eager to do well and I’m convinced that he wants to be a protagonist for Milan.”

Where next for Bocchetti?
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Genoa have apparently offered Salvatore Bocchetti to Juventus after talks with Milan over the defender stalled.

The Marassi outfit are keen to offload the Italian international this summer, whether in the form of a loan deal or a sale.

Milan have been linked with the 2010 World Cup squad member in recent days, but their interest seems to have cooled.

“He is a good player, but we are well covered at the back,” said Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri over the weekend.

As a result, it has been claimed that the Rossoblu officials have contacted Juve to enquire whether they would be interested in a loan.

Juve do need one more central defender for the new season and Bocchetti could be a short-term answer to their lack of numbers.

However, it’s understood that Juve have more pressing transfer matters to resolve but they could assess the Bocchetti option again towards the end of the market.

Genoa take Boateng for AC Milan?
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It’s reported that Genoa will complete the signing of Kevin Prince Boateng in order to loan him to Milan, cutting Lazio out of the equation.

“Boateng? We won’t name names, but we’ll see how things progress over the week,” commented Coach Massimiliano Allegri this morning.

The Portsmouth man is at the centre of a transfer triangle in Serie A, as he is wanted by three top sides.

According to the latest suggestions from the Italian media, Genoa have the upper hand when it comes to sealing a deal and could make it official by tomorrow.

However, the club has already signed so many players this summer that Boateng would be used as part-exchange in a different transfer.

Boateng would go to Milan on loan with the right to buy half his contract at the end of the season.

Salvatore Bocchetti’s agent has also confirmed that the defender is in negotiations for an exchange with the Rossoneri.

If Marek Jankulovski turns down the chance to join Genoa, then Milan are set to offer youngster Ignazio Abate instead.

“Bocchetti is a great player, but we are already covered in defence,” insisted Allegri.

Pato: 'AC Milan inferior to no one'
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Alexandre Pato insists “Milan can challenge Inter on level terms for the Scudetto. I am very happy to stay at Milan, especially with Ronaldinho.”

‘The Duck’ missed much of last term with a series of injury problems and that inevitably contributed to the third-place finish.

Another ankle setback during the Emirates Cup against Arsenal raised further concerns.

“I’m better now, as the worries have passed,” he told the Corriere dello Sport. “Despite the small sprain, I never stopped training and working to fully recovery.

“When I felt pain, I was afraid that I’d damaged the ankle again, but it was nothing serious.”

Pato is not concerned at facing a Treble-winning Inter side and trying to regain the bragging rights at San Siro.

“Last season Milan were inferior to Inter and we lost both derby games, but it’s a different story now and we don’t feel inferior to anyone. Not even Inter. We have the same chances of winning the Scudetto.”

The fans have not been happy with the transfer strategy, as so far there have been very few changes to the side other than new Coach Max Allegri.

There were also repeated reports that Pato, Ronaldinho and Thiago Silva could be sold this summer.

“I am very happy to stay at Milan and especially happy that Ronaldinho is also here. In my view, he never seriously thought about leaving...”

Pato revealed the player he admires the most in the Inter squad when asked who he’d crown the Ballon d’Or.

“I’d give it to one from Wesley Sneijder, Andres Iniesta and Xavi. Choosing one of the three is too difficult.”

Agent confirms Bocchetti - AC Milan talks
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Salvatore Bocchetti’s agent has confirmed “the prospect of an exchange between Milan and Genoa is true.”

Rumours had emerged that the Italian international, who was part of the 2010 World Cup squad and never played, is at the centre of an intriguing deal.

Genoa would hand him over to Milan in exchange for cash plus Marek Jankulovski, but the Czech appears to be holding up the move.

“The prospect of an exchange between Milan and Genoa is true,” agent Flavio Marrucco told Sky Sport Italia.

“The two clubs are working to find the right alternative and Bocchetti can certainly be interesting for Milan.

“I think it all depends on Jankulovski’s decision. We can only sit and wait for the clubs to make a decision.

“Salvatore is calm and experiencing this moment. I think that we’re unlikely to see a massive development over the weekend, but you can never say never.”

The 23-year-old has been at Genoa since 2008 after spells at Ascoli, Lanciano and Frosinone.

If Milan do sign the centre-back, it may well suggest that Real Madrid could have a chance at prising away Thiago Silva.

Scolari: 'Palmeiras want Ronaldinho'
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Milan may have formally announced he’s not for sale, but Phil Scolari has publicly invited Ronaldinho to join Palmeiras.

“I spoke to his brother 20 days ago and we discussed quite a few things,” revealed the former Seleçao Coach.

“Ronaldinho is a great player. I admire him very much and he would be absolutely welcome at Palmeiras.

“Having said that, I don’t know what his situation is with Milan. I don’t know the transfer strategy of the Rossoneri side.”

It is a public declaration and invite for Dinho to take action, as it comes just 24 hours after Milan made their own position clear.

“Milan reconfirm that both players, Ronaldinho and Thiago Silva, are not for sale,” the note said on acmilan.com.

It’s reported Palmeiras will offer £7m just to take him on loan for one season.

This would also suit the Rossoneri, as it’d allow them to off-load his wages, but still extend the contract that currently expires in June 2011.

As things stand, if a renewal is not penned soon, Ronaldinho would be a free agent at the end of the season and able to talk to other clubs from January.

AC Milan duo not for sale
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Ronaldinho and Thiago Silva will remain at Milan this season, the club have communicated this afternoon.

Both Brazilian players have been strongly associated with moves away from San Siro given their many admirers across the globe.

Ronaldinho has been linked with Palmeiras and LA Galaxy in the space of just 24 hours, while Real Madrid have made a bid for Silva.

As a result of the continued speculation regarding the pair, the Italian giants have issued a brief message on their website.

“Milan reconfirm that both players, Ronaldinho and Thiago Silva, are not for sale,” the note said on acmilan.com.

Ronaldinho out, Robinho in?
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LA Galaxy are preparing a bid to sign Milan ace Ronaldinho, according to reports in Italy on Friday.

The Brazilian’s future has been in doubt all summer given that his present contract expires in 2011.

Italian club officials announced on the day that the Rossoneri began pre-season that the fantasista would remain at Milanello.

However, after links with Palmeiras yesterday, American outfit Galaxy are today said to be pondering a bid.

Galaxy will allegedly offer the San Siro giants a fee of around €8m, while simultaneously handing the forward a €5m a season deal until 2014.

Those figures should tempt both club and player, especially as Ronaldinho could potentially move on a Bosman next summer.

Should the former Barcelona player leave, then Milan would launch a bid for fellow Brazilian Robinho.

The latter spent last season on loan at Santos but has now returned to parent club Manchester City.

There are suggestions that Milan will attempt to take him on loan in a deal that will cost them €3m.

Friendly: AC Milan 0:0 (5:3 on penalties) Panathinaikos - match report
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Milan earned their first win of pre-season, defeating Panathinaikos on penalties, but only after a controversial refereeing decision.

The Rossoneri had drawn both Emirates Cup games 1-1 against Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais, having sensationally lost their opener to Serie B newcomers Varese.

Max Allegri fielded a 4-3-3 formation led by Marco Borriello in Detroit, but the performance was sluggish compared to the Greek side that defeated Inter a few days ago.

“After London and this American trip, I can consider myself satisfied,” said the Coach.

“We gave everything and created many chances while we had the strength in our legs. We’ll keep working with joy and a relaxed attitude, which is crucial.

“The team and I are getting to know each other, so we can do so much more. There are players of real quality here and that helps.”

Christian Abbiati played only the first half, but made some crucial saves, while Marco Amelia was beaten after the break.

However, the referee did not spot Sidney Govou’s strike at the 55th minute, as Daniele Bonera’s clearance appeared to be over the line.

It ended goalless after 90 minutes, so Milan won the penalty shoot-out 5-3.

Petropoulos made the only mistake by firing off target, as the Rossoneri had a 100 per cent record with Mathieu Flamini, Gianluca Zambrotta, Ignazio Abate, Massimo Oddo and Daniele Bonera.

Milan 0-0 Panathinaikos (5-3 on pens)
Milan: Abbiati (Amelia 46); Zambrotta, Nesta (Papastathopoulos 61), Thiago Silva (Bonera 46), Antonini; Gattuso (Abate 75), Seedorf (Strasser 61), Flamini; Merkel (Novinic 78), Borriello (Beretta 67), Oduamadi (Oddo 78)
Panathinaikos: Tzorvas (Karnezis 46); Seitaridis (Karagounis 61), Boumsong (Dimoutstos 85), Kante (Mavrias 85), Spyropoulos (Bjarsmir 67); Simao (Ioannidis 85), Katsouranis (Marinos 61), Govou (Vyntra 61), Ninis (Da Silva 61); Leto (Seeriegi 85), Cisse (Petropoulas 90)

Ronaldinho committed to AC Milan
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Ronaldinho is happy at Milan and initial talks regarding a renewal have taken place, his agent has confirmed.

Roberto De Assis, the player’s representative and brother, revealed as much this afternoon after the latest transfer speculation regarding the fantasista.

“Ronaldinho is happy in Milan and is happy to stay,” De Assis told Sky Sport 24 on Friday.

“We have discussed the possibility of an extension, but we are in no rush as there is still a year to go on his current agreement.”

The fact that Dinho’s present deal expires next summer has fuelled doubts over his future in Serie A.

He’s been linked with a variety of outfits in recent weeks and LA Galaxy were this morning associated with an €8m bid.

“I have never received any offers from foreign clubs,” continued the former Barcelona star’s brother. “Milan will have to respond to that question.

“Ronaldinho is content here and that is enough for us. If offers do arrive then the club will have to consider them, not us.”

Milan released a brief statement today insisting that Ronaldinho, and Brazilian teammate Thiago Silva, were not for sale.

Palmeiras pay £7 mil for Ronaldinho loan?
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Ronaldinho is again at the centre of transfer rumours, as Palmeiras are reportedly offering £7m to take him on loan this season.

The Brazilian has been struggling with injury all summer and is yet to make his first appearance of 2010-11.

He had been linked with a return to his homeland at Flamengo, but now stories out of Rio de Janeiro suggest Palmeiras are the new favourites.

Newspaper Lancet claims the club would be willing to pay £7m in order to have Ronaldinho on loan for this season, possibly up to December 2011.

It is rumoured that several investors have already raised enough to push through the deal, while the club is seeking more sponsors to cover his wages.

However, Milan would only release Dinho on loan if he extended the contract that currently ties him until June 2011.

If he were to put pen to paper on a new deal that expires in June 2014, then the star could be farmed out to Palmeiras to rediscover his form.

Report: Ibrahimovic invites AC Milan move
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There are reports in Spain that Zlatan Ibrahimovic called Milan President Silvio Berlusconi to beg for a transfer.

The former Inter star had already been linked with a return to San Siro, albeit the red and black end, but the rumours are gathering pace.

Ibra struggled to fit in at Barcelona last season and with the arrival of World Cup winner David Villa that situation is even tougher for him.

According to the Corriere dello Sport and Spanish newspapers, Ibrahimovic rang up President Berlusconi himself to invite a proposal.

Milan cannot afford the €40m price-tag, but Barcelona are eager not to waste their purchase on the bench after only 12 months.

It is possible that the Rossoneri could take Zlatan on loan with an already-decided option to buy on a permanent basis in 12 months.

It is hoped that by that time Milan’s coffers will have recovered sufficiently from their current cash flow crisis.

The alternative would be to sell Thiago Silva to Real Madrid to raise the money needed for Ibrahimovic.

Inter, Juventus, AC Milan battle for Bastos
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It’s reported that Inter and Juventus are battling for Michel Bastos, but the Lyon and Brazil star reveals: “Milan told me that I am too expensive.”

The left-back impressed during the 2010 World Cup and aged 27 is appetising to all of Europe’s top clubs.

There are newspaper suggestions in L’Equipe that the Olympique Lyonnais star is at the centre of a tug-of-war between Inter and Juventus.

If Douglas Maicon is to join Real Madrid, then the Nerazzurri could push their attacking verve down the left side rather than the right.

Juve’s 4-4-2 system requires attacking full-backs and Fabio Grosso is set to leave after failing to make an impact last season.

However, Bastos himself explains that the only real contact he has had was from Milan during the recent 1-1 Emirates Cup draw in London.

“There is a long time until the transfer market closes on August 31,” he told L’Equipe.

“Right now I am concentrated on Lyon, as I have not received any offers. I only read stories in the newspaper.

“In any case, if the club wants to sell me, they ought to say so. During the Emirates Cup someone from Milan told me that I am too expensive.

“Perhaps that means they already spoke to the Lyon directors.”

Dzeko honoured by Italian interest
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Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko has spoken of the honour he feels at being linked with two prestigious clubs like Milan and Juventus.

The 24-year-old Bosnia international was speaking after a friendly against Napoli in which he scored a penalty.

Dzeko has made no secret of his love for Milan in the past, although Juventus have recently shown the most interest in signing him.

“I like Italian football, but at the moment I am a Wolfsburg player,” he said.

“In the next few days you'll know a lot more about my future. I am a Wolfsburg player and my agent worries about the rest.”

When asked about interest from Milan and Juventus, Dzeko said: “There have been inquiries, but nothing concrete that I know of.

“They are two prestigious teams from a European point of view. It's an honour to be associated with them, but Wolfsburg also have big plans for the future.”

Ronaldinho misses USA trip
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Ronaldinho, Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini and Pippo Inzaghi are out of Milan’s American tour.

The players will stay behind when the rest of the squad travels to the USA for Friday night’s friendly with Panathinaikos in Detroit.

Ronaldinho pulled up during training last week with a muscular strain and also missed out on the Emirates Cup games with Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais.

This means the Brazilian is yet to make an official appearance with the Rossoneri this season.

Last Thursday the club’s medical staff released a statement on his injury, giving a prognosis of seven days.

Milan squad: Abate, Abbiati, Amelia, Antonini, Beretta, Bonera, Borriello, Flamini, Gattuso, Merkel, Nesta, Novinic, Oddo, Oduamadi, Onyewu, Papastathopoulos, Pato, Roma, Seedorf, Strasser, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta.

Thiago Silva rejects Real Madrid talk
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Thiago Silva has rejected talk of a move to Real Madrid by saying that Milan are like a second family to him.

Earlier today, Spanish newspaper Marca claimed Real Madrid had made a €20m offer for the Brazil international.

However, Thiago has moved to reassure the Rossoneri faithful with an interview on the Milan Channel.

“I feel complete here,” he said. “I did a great job at Milan last year. It's the first time that I have seen this newspaper and I know absolutely nothing about it.

“The only thing that I know is that I am only and always concentrated on Milan and I want to be here at least until 2014, which is the date that my contract expires.

“I really feel at home here in Milan. It's as if the club were my second family. I am very happy here.

“You tell me that I am an idol of the fans? I would like to thank them once again. It's important for me to know it.

“I believe I did well last year, but I want to do even better this year.

“I believe that Milan are a little stronger than last year. Two or three quality players have arrived who can give us a hand.

“We can and we must all do better also because as a group we have more experience.”

AC Milan consider Ledesma bid
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Milan are seriously thinking about launching a bid for Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

Massimiliano Allegri revealed his intention to sign a midfield player at the Emirates Cup last weekend.

Lazio are in the process of signing Sao Paulo star Hernanes, suggesting that Ledesma is surplus to requirements at the Stadio Olimpico.

The former Lecce playmaker is out of contract next summer and appears no closer to agreeing an extension with the Biancocelesti.

However, Lazio President Claudio Lotito said yesterday that Ledesma isn't on the market unless he wants to leave and an adequate offer presents itself.

Milan are also reportedly making inquiries about Galatasaray's Brazil international trequartista Elano, who shone at the World Cup before getting injured.

The Turkish giants signed Elano from Manchester City last summer, but are struggling to meet the installments they set up to pay for his transfer.

Il Corriere understands that Milan are keen to negotiate with City and would be prepared to pay the difference in order to sign Elano.

Luis Fabiano: 'AC Milan don't keep promises'
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Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano has launched a scathing attack on Milan after they didn’t make an offer for him this summer despite expressing their intention to do so.

The 29-year-old Brazil international committed himself to Sevilla earlier this month when it became apparent that Milan weren’t going to make their interest concrete.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani went public with his desire to sign Fabiano, who also admitted he would like to play alongside Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato.

“In reality no one came looking for me. I have ruled out Milan since last year when there was the only serious contact.

“I ruled them out because they made promises that they didn’t keep.”

When asked to reveal what Milan promised him, Fabiano replied: “I can’t say it.

“I’m staying at Sevilla. I have won a lot here. This is a fundamental moment in my career. Now I must prepare myself in the best way possible for the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona and for the preliminary stages of the Champions League.

“I have only had a week of training up till now, but I can tell myself that I am satisfied.”

Borriello: 'AC Milan can have our say'
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Marco Borriello trusts “with Alessandro Nesta, Thiago Silva and Ronaldinho, Milan can have our say this season.”

The Rossoneri don’t start their campaign for a month, but held Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais to 1-1 draws in the Emirates Cup this weekend.

“I am happy with what we showed, especially in defence,” said Borriello, who netted against Lyon today.

“It’s a very important part of football today. I believe in this squad, of course Inter are the side to beat, but with Nesta, Thiago Silva and Ronaldinho Milan can have our say.

“These are players with feet worthy of the Ballon d’Or and with them at 100 per cent fitness we can make an impact this season.”

Borriello was in the World Cup long-list, but eventually dropped from the 2010 squad and protested at Marcello Lippi’s attitude.

“As for the Nazionale, I hope that Cesare Prandelli saw me in these games and can consider me for the Italy side.”

Allegri gives AC Milan '6.5 out of 10'
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Massimiliano Allegri gives his team “6.5 out of 10” for their Emirates Cup performances in London.

“I am satisfied with what we have done over these two days,” he said of the 1-1 draws with Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais.

“I’d give the team 6.5 out of 10. The thing I liked the most was the defensive movement, as we looked pretty organised.

“Another thing that left me pleasantly surprised was the mentality of everyone. They did not treat this as a friendly tournament.”

Alexandre Pato clawed back the result against Arsenal, while today Marco Borriello had given Milan the lead over Lyon.

“What I didn’t like, however, was that we made the same mistakes as yesterday,” complained Allegri.

“When we lost the ball, too often we left ourselves open to the counter-attack. This should not happen.”

The results were impressive considering Milan fielded many youth team players and won’t start their Serie A season until the end of the month, whereas both Arsenal and Lyon begin in around 10 days.

“Having youngsters in the team is healthy, as they work hard and bring more enthusiasm.”

Emirates Cup: AC Milan 1:1 Lyon - match report
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Scorers: Borriello 55 (M), Briand 78 (L)

Marco Borriello secured another 1-1 stalemate with Olympique Lyonnais in Milan’s Emirates Cup adventure.

The Rossoneri held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw on Saturday and Coach Massimiliano Allegri made several changes to the line-up, introducing among others youth team players Rodney Strasser, Alexander Merkel and Simone Verdi.

Champions League semi-finalists Olympique Lyonnais opened their Emirates Cup campaign by drawing 2-2 with Celtic.

After just 68 seconds Pjanic skipped between three players to drill on to the base of the near post from 10 yards. At the other end, Hugo Lloris struggled with a Mathieu Flamini cross-shot.

At the third minute Lyon did hit the back of the net, but Gomis was offside when he got on the end of a low Michel Bastos cross from the left.

Gomis should’ve rolled across to the unmarked Jimmy Briand following Massimo Oddo’s slip, but instead went for goal and his shot was easily smothered by Marco Amelia.

Milan had a great chance on 16 minutes with teenager Verdi, as Merkel knocked on Gianluca Zambrotta’s cross, but Lloris came flying out to use his body as a shield from point-blank range.

Verdi sprung the offside trap to go clear on goal, but lacked composure and volleyed first time over the bar.

Amelia used his legs to parry a Briand counter-attack and after the restart Merkel’s looping header skimmed the bar.

Milan slowly started to turn up the pressure and took the lead after 55 minutes. Seedorf started the move with a ball over the top and, although Borriello couldn’t get it under control, he was ready to tap in when Verdi squared it back across the six-yard box.

However, soon after 18-year-old Verdi collapsed to the ground after a nasty sprain and made way for Alexandre Pato.

Amelia did well to block Briand’s angled drive at the near post, but Lyon somehow failed to score on 73 minutes. Daniele Bonera did enough to stop Pied in the box, but Jeremy Toulalan incredibly fired the follow-up on to the bar of an open goal!

Lyon did get their equaliser soon after, when Pjanic whipped in a cross from the right for Briand’s diving header at the back post.

Briand and Novillo wasted a couple of counter-attacks in the final minutes, as Milan started to tire.

It ended 1-1, identical to Milan’s result against Arsenal on Saturday, so the Italians end the Emirates Cup with four points.

They earn one for a draw and another point for every goal scored. Lyon currently lead with five points.

Milan 1-1 Lyon
Scorers: Borriello 55 (M), Briand 78 (L)
Milan: Amelia; Oddo, Papstathopoulos (Yepes 61), Bonera, Zambrotta (Antonini 68); Strasser, Seedorf, Flamini (Gattuso 46); Merkel (Novinic 80), Borriello (Beretta 77), Verdi (Pato 58)
Lyon: Loris; Gassama (Reveillere 60), Cris, Cissokho; Gonalons, Pjanic, Bastos (Pied 46), Toulalan, Ederson (Kallstrom 79); Briand (Tafer 90), Gomis (Lacazaette 64) (Novillo 85)

Pato: 'AC Milan inferior to no one'
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Alexandre Pato’s goal against Arsenal has given him renewed confidence. “Milan are no weaker than Inter or any other club.”

The Rossoneri earned a 1-1 draw against the hosts in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.

“Milan are always a great squad and we are no weaker than Inter or any other club,” insisted ‘The Duck’ who will turn 21 in September.

“Massimiliano Allegri is a good Coach, I like him and the training sessions are going very well.

“I am happy to have a Coach like this. He asked me to sacrifice myself for the team and I am happy to do that. The team is improving and that’s the important thing.”

Pato was dropped from the 2010 World Cup squad after a series of injuries, but the young Brazilian didn’t let that affect his confidence.

“I feel myself on a par with the likes of Wayne Rooney, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas, Wesley Sneijder and Kaka.

“These are all players who want the Ballon d’Or or the Champions League. I am here to work and have a lot of faith in Milan.”

Allegri admires AC Milan grit
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Massimiliano Allegri felt Milan gave a good account of themselves “against an Arsenal side that starts its season in 10 days.”

The Rossoneri held the Gunners to a 1-1 draw in the Emirates Cup this afternoon, even though their fitness levels and stage of pre-season training are very different.

“I am satisfied at the work done on the field, which reflects the good things we have been whittling down in training,” said the Coach.

“I particularly liked Mathieu Flamini, who often got himself into a scoring position, and a round of applause goes to Christian Abbiati for his saves.

“It’s just a shame that we allowed five counter-attacks by losing the ball in midfield, but we did well to recover against an Arsenal side that starts its season in just 10 days.”

Flamini and Gianluca Zambrotta both rattled the crossbar, while Alexandre Pato cancelled out Marouane Chamakh’s opener.

The Emirates Cup continues on Sunday when Milan face Olympique Lyonnais, kick-off at 14.00. Arsenal take on Celtic in the other game.





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