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August 2012

Allegri: Minimum target is third
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri is delighted with the arrival of Nigel De Jong, but still says that Milan may only be targeting a top three finish this season.

Earlier today upon completing the capture of Dutch midfielder De Jong from Manchester City, Vice-President Adriano Galliani had asserted that the club’s ambition remained a fight for the Scudetto.

“We are playing for one of the first three positions in the League, whilst the minimum target to make the group stage of the Champions League,” reflected the tactician in response.

“Juventus remains the favourite for the title, but we will try to fight with them for it.

“I’ve never lost enthusiasm, otherwise I would have gone. It is normal that when a team has completely changed that it will take time. We must forget Milan of the past few years, we now have a very young team.

“It is normal that I am angry at the defeat from Sunday, but we did not deserve that defeat.”

Tomorrow the team travel away to Bologna.

“They are a difficult team to deal with and they have a very good Coach. Diamanti is definitely their most dangerous man, whilst Acquafresca and Gilardino are a formidable attack.

“Certainly we will have to play better than we did last week. Bologna have lost some important players like Di Vaio and Ramirez, but they will certainly cause us some difficulty.”

The Coach was asked his view on this week’s arrivals so far, De Jong and Bojan Krkic.

“Bojan is a great young player, he did very well at Barcelona and just as good for Roma. De Jong is the element that was missing in midfield, because in that role we had only had Ambrosini.

“We needed to increase the technical level of the team and De Jong is a very good buy, especially in light of our game, as a midfielders that fits in.

“Our midfielders also score a lot of goals on average. We must continue along this path. To win games we will need our champions, as it was when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was here.

“Not all teams have champions of the highest level, only a few teams can afford them.

“Now we are pretty covered in all roles, there are still a few hours until the end of the window, but I do not think there will be any more news.

“With the players I have available I can now try out some different tactics.”

However, Allegri appeared reluctant when asked if one would include adopting the popular three-man defence.

“We definitely have the players to play three at the back, but it is not a matter of formation, but rather a question of mentality.”

OFFICIAL: Nigel De Jong to AC Milan
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Italian giants Milan have published a brief note on their website announcing the arrival of Nigel De Jong.

The midfielder has been signed on a permanent basis from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee. He has put pen to paper on a contract until June 2015.

The Dutchman has been included in the Diavolo squad which will take on Bologna in Serie A this weekend.

Squad: 32 Abbiati, 1 Amelia, 59 Gabriel, 13 Acerbi, 77 Antonini, 25 Bonera, 2 De Sciglio, 15 Mesbah, 76 Yepes, 17 Zapata, 23 Ambrosini, 10 Boateng, 21 Constant, 34 De Jong, 28 Emanuelson, 16 Flamini, 18 Montolivo, 8 Nocerino, 12 Traorè, 22 Bojan, 92 El Shaarawy, 19 Niang, 11 Pazzini.

Inzaghi hails new boy De Jong
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Former striker Pippo Inzaghi has applauded Milan’s decision to sign Nigel De Jong from Manchester City.

“He’ll be very useful,” Inzaghi, who is now a youth team Coach with the Diavolo after his contract expired in June, stated. “I’m happy that he has arrived.

“De Jong was an opponent of ours in that mythical 3-2 Champions League game and also in a number of other European ties between Ajax and Milan.”

The 27-year-old arrived in Italy on Thursday after a deal was done between the two clubs. He started his medical this morning.

Allegri told to win the title
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has told boss Massimiliano Allegri to go and win the Scudetto following the capture of Nigel De Jong.

The Rossoneri have done a deal with Manchester City for the Dutchman who will reinforce a side which lost a host of key players over the summer.

“Now Allegri has no more excuses,” Galliani told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “Milan, thanks to our last four signings, are now back in the Scudetto race.

“De Jong is one of the strongest players in Europe in his role and he will, without a doubt, do very well for us.

“The gap between ourselves and our rivals has decreased and Allegri can no longer hide. We need to play to win the League, not to just finish third.”

The Diavolo have gone through some mass changes after most of their veterans left at the end of their contracts in June, while the club sold Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris SG.

As well as De Jong, Milan have also recently brought in Giampaolo Pazzini, Bojan Krkic and M'Baye Niang.

The Rossoneri started the season last weekend with a 1-0 home defeat to Sampdoria.

De Jong: 'Happy to join AC Milan'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Nigel De Jong has landed in Milan to complete his transfer from Manchester City. “I’m very happy to have joined Milan.”

The Dutch midfielder is set for his medical tomorrow after the clubs agreed on a fee worth €4.4m - £3.5m.

“Milan will be competitive - both in Italy and in Europe,” he assured journalists as he was greeted at the airport.

“I'm very happy to have joined Milan. Milan is a fascinating club with a great history.

“After having experienced the Manchester-derby, I will now get to experience the Milan derby.”

AC Milan: 'Group is balanced'
31.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan director Umberto Gandini warns their Champions League group is “very balanced” against Anderlecht, Zenit and Malaga.

The Rossoneri had a pretty soft draw in Group C, as they were among the top seeds, but will not get too over-enthusiastic.

“We have learned never to take anything for granted, especially in the Champions League,” director Gandini told Sky Sport Italia.

“This looks like a very balanced group, as the other teams are all more or less on a similar level.

“Luciano Spalletti’s Zenit look like the toughest opponents, while Malaga deserve respect for being the fourth strongest team in La Liga last season.

“Mind you, it could’ve been much worse, as there were moments during the draw when we were close to some far tougher obstacles.

“Milan are a squad who need to gain self-confidence and these types of opponents could help the squad to grow. We must face the challenges with the right attitude.

“It is a different type of Milan, but we are still Milan.”

AC Milan confirm De Jong deal
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have agreed a £3.5m fee with Manchester City for Nigel De Jong, confirming he'll arrive for a medical tomorrow.

Talks for the 27-year-old have been on-going for several days and had ground to a halt this morning, but tonight Milan Channel announced "De Jong is on his way to Milan. The medical will be performed tomorrow."

It is suggested that De Jong is already at the airport with Milan director Ariedo Braida.

De Jong’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the season, so City were eager not to lose him on a free transfer.

Champions League Draw: AC Milan, Zenit, Anderlecht, Malaga
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan face Zenit, Anderlecht and Liga side Malaga while Juventus take on Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk and newcomers FC Nordsjaellandin the Champions League draw.

There are only two Italian clubs in the group phase this season, as Udinese were eliminated on penalties by Sporting Braga and only the top two gain automatic progress to the tournament.

Milan were top seeds in today’s draw in Montecarlo and will face Luciano Spalletti’s Zenit St. Petersburg, Belgians Anderlecht and Liga side Malaga in Group C.

Serie A winners Juventus were in Pot Three due to their recent absence from European competition.

The Bianconeri have been paired with reigning champions Chelsea, Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk and Danish debutants FC Nordsjaellandin Group E.

Undoubtedly the Group of Death is D, containing Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.

There are debut appearances in the group phase for Montpellier of France, Spaniards Malaga and Danish side Nordsjaelland.

The Champions League Final is on May 25 at Wembley.



Group A

Porto (POR)

Dynamo Kiev (UKR)

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)



Group B

Arsenal (ENG)

Schalke 04 (GER)

Olympiacos (GRE)

Montpellier (FRA)



Group C

MILAN (ITA)

Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)

Anderlecht (BEL)

Malaga (SPA)



Group D

Real Madrid (SPA)

Manchester City (ENG)

Ajax (NED)

Borussia Dortmund (GER)



Group E

Chelsea (ENG)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

JUVENTUS (ITA)

FC Nordsjaelland (DEN)



Group F

Bayern Munich (GER)

Valencia (SPA)

Lille (FRA)

BATE Borisov (RUS)



Group G

Barcelona (SPA)

Benfica (POR)

Spartak Moscow (RUS)

Celtic (SCO)



Group H

Manchester United (ENG)

Sporting Braga (POR)

Galatasaray (TUR)

Cluj (ROU)

Niang: Don't compare me to Henry
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have unveiled another new signing, with M'Baye Niang laughing off comparisons between himself and countryman Thierry Henry.

The 17-year-old Frenchman was presented as a Rossoneri player a short while ago at Milanello.

"Don't compare me to Thierry Henry and Mario Balotelli,” he said. “I am Niang.”

The former Caen striker is confident he can make an impact right away.

“Am I here for the future? No, I'm here for the present. My dream is to win the Ballon d'Or.”

Niang will not be involved in Milan's game at Bologna on Saturday however, as Fifa are yet to clear the transfer. The teenager scored five times in 30 senior appearances for Caen, and has also broken into the French Under-21 side.

Bojan: Roma relationship 'weird'
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Bojan krkic has questioned his treatment by former club Roma at his official unveiling as a Milan player.

The Spanish international was speaking at a press conference at Milanello, having left Rome after only a season at the Stadio Olimpico to join the Rossoneri on a one-year loan deal.

“My relationship with Roma was weird from the beginning. I didn't get to play much. I didn't reach an agreement with Roma, and then Milan offered me the opportunity to play. It's an honour for me to be here”

“I am here at Milan to stay. I want to do well here and help the team. I am here for a year, but I want to stay after my loan deal expires next summer.

“It has been incredible for me since day one. The players here have really given me a great welcoming.”

The product of Barcelona's La Masia academy went on to tease the Diavolo fans, by revealing that a current Blaugrana player wants to join him in Italy.

“Someone from Barca said that he wants to join Milan, I can't say who it is though. I often speak with my former team mates there, and they're all very happy for me.”

“Barca have given me a lot, both on and off the pitch. All these things will help me stay at a great club like Milan.”

Bojan confirmed he would wear the No. 22 shirt.

Milan travel to Bologna on Saturday looking for their first win of the season.

AC Milan negotiate De Jong fee
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan’s proposed swoop for Nigel De Jong is on hold as discussions with Manchester City regarding a fee continue.

The Dutchman is being targeted by the Rossoneri given that boss Massimiliano Allegri has asked for a new midfielder following the loss of Mark Van Bommel.

The latter was a stable figure in the plans of Allegri before he opted to return to PSV when his contract expired in June.

Reports on Thursday suggest that the Diavolo have offered €4m for De Jong, but Roberto Mancini’s club are asking for €8m.

Talks will continue for the 27-year-old in a bid to do a deal before the transfer window closes on Friday evening.

Ziegler or Mesbah for Palermo
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Palermo are making a decision on whether to target Juventus’ Reto Ziegler or Milan’s Djamel Mesbah before the window closes.

The Rosanero are looking for a new left-back after they decided to sell Italian international Federico Balzaretti to Roma this month.

Palermo director Giorgio Perinetti is set to make contact with both clubs on Thursday before deciding which player to swoop for.

If Ziegler does leave the Italian champions then there is the possibility that the Old Lady will bring in Federico Peluso from Atalanta.

The latter could arrive on loan with an option to buy outright next summer.

Champions League draw today
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Juventus and Milan will learn the names of their Champions League opponents when the draw takes place on Thursday evening.

Serie A will have just two entrants this term after Udinese failed to get past Sporting Braga in the preliminaries on Tuesday.

Milan are amongst the top seeds, while champions Juventus find themselves in pot three along with Paris Saint-Germain.

There are 32 teams in the draw and they will be split into eight groups of four once the ceremony in Monaco begins at 16.45 BST.

The worst-case scenario for Juventus would be landing Barcelona or Real Madrid, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.

Milan can’t be paired with either of the two Spanish giants, yet they could be handed Paris Saint-Germain – just weeks after selling them Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

The group games will begin on September 18 and 19, while they will conclude on December 4 and 5.

Pot One: Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Porto, Milan.

Pot Two: Valencia, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg, Schalke, Manchester City, Braga, Dynamo Kiev

Pot Three: Olympiacos, Ajax, Anderlecht, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Galatasaray, Lille, Spartak Moscow

Pot Four: Borussia Dortmund, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, Malaga, Montpellier, FC Nordsjaelland, Celtic, CFR Cluj

OFFICIAL: AC Milan sign Bojan Krkic
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Bojan Krkic is now officially a Milan player after completing his loan from Roma. “I chose Milan for many reasons.”

The young Spaniard arrived yesterday, on his 22nd birthday, but the contract was only signed after today’s medical.

“I chose Milan for many reasons,” said the former Barcelona starlet.

“It is a great club and the team is made of an historic group of players. I want to thank the Coach, who wanted me so much, by playing at my best.”

A presentation Press conference will be held on Thursday afternoon.

AC Milan close on De Jong
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are reportedly close to a deal with Manchester City for midfielder Nigel De Jong for €7m – around £5.5m.

The Rossoneri had said on Tuesday that their transfer market had concluded with the arrival of Bojan Krkic from Roma and Caen striker M’Baye Niang.

However, it’s reported that negotiations are in full swing with City for the 27-year-old Dutch international.

De Jong’s contract expires in June 2013, so he is considered to be a valid target who could arrive relatively cheap.

There are suggestions that Barbara Berlusconi – the daughter of President Silvio Berlusconi, member of the Board of Directors and girlfriend of Alexandre Pato – was crucial in convincing her father to push ahead with the transfer.

British media claim Milan are still hoping to get De Jong on loan for £2m, but that seems to be unlikely.

He arrived from Hamburg in 2009 and recently rejected a contract extension at Manchester City, as he would prefer to find more playing time elsewhere.

AC Milan's Acerbi needs time to shine
30.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

The agent of Francesco Acerbi has insisted that the player will need time before he can prove his worth at Milan.

The defender, 24, joined the Diavolo in the summer on a co-ownership basis from Genoa after impressing at Chievo last term.

“Acerbi is working hard to get into the best shape possible,” representative Andrea Cattoli told Milan News.

“He always starts seasons slowly because he has a powerful frame and it takes him a while to find some form.

“The season is very long though and Milan have invested a lot in him. I’m sure that he’ll find some room in the team.

“Acerbi is like a diesel – he’ll come through in the end.”

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri started with a centre-back partnership of Daniele Bonera and Mario Yepes in the 1-0 defeat to Sampdoria on Sunday.

AC Milan receive Ambrosini boost
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Massimo Ambrosini should be available for Milan’s Week 2 game at Bologna after recovering from injury.

The club captain missed the opening encounter of the League season when the Diavolo lost 1-0 at home to newly promoted Sampdoria.

The 35-year-old may immediately be thrown into the starting XI after boss Massimiliano Allegri used Riccardo Montolivo in front of the defence at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Ignazio Abate isn’t expected to be risked even though he has returned to light training this week.

The right-back will probably make his return after the international break is over. He picked up an ankle problem in the Trofeo Berlusconi loss to Juventus.

Torino deny Mesbah interest
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Torino have categorically denied claims that they have revived their bid to sign Djamel Mesbah from Milan.

The newly promoted club did reach an agreement with the Diavolo for the left-back earlier this summer, but the player wasn’t convinced.

After further links with Marseille and Palermo, the 27-year-old is again being paired with Toro ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.

But Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi has insisted that the Algerian is not part of their plans. “Mesbah? Absolutely not,” he underlined.

Merkel forgets about AC Milan
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Alexander Merkel has archived his Milan past after leaving the Diavolo in the summer. “I’m happy at Genoa.”

The German was signed by the Rossoneri as a youngster and inserted into their youth system at Milanello.

He then joined the Rossoblu last season on a co-ownership deal, before being recalled to Milan on loan in January.

At the end of the season, he returned to Marassi after the Grifone bought his contract outright from the San Siro giants.

“The transfer market is of no interest to myself,” stated the 20-year-old. “I’m happy at Genoa and Milan is a closed book for me now.”

Merkel was a protagonist for the port club this weekend when he scored in the 2-0 win over Cagliari.

“It went well,” the central midfielder added. “I was in the right place at the right time, but it is my teammates who deserve the plaudits.

“We wanted to win, we must remain humble and us youngsters need to follow the indications of our Coach.

“Gigi De Canio just asks me to do the simple things.”

Bojan: 'I'm a Milan player!'
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Bojan Krkic has sent a message to Roma fans and confirmed “tomorrow I will be presented as a Milan player!!”

The Spanish striker celebrated his 22nd birthday by leaving the Giallorossi and securing a loan switch at the Rossoneri HQ.

“I am already in Milan and tomorrow I will be presented as an A.C. Milan player!!” wrote Bojan on his Facebook page.

“I am ready for anything and can’t wait to play my first game..!! Thank you to everyone for the welcome and the birthday wishes. : ) We’ll see each other tomorrow!! Forza Milan!

“I also wanted to specially thank the Roma fans for their support and affection from my first day.

“It was a great honour to defend this jersey and I wish you the best, my friends. I hug you all and will always keep you in my heart! Bojan.”

Galliani on Bojan, Carroll and Palombo
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Adriano Galliani admits Milan “turned down” the chance to sign Sampdoria’s Angelo Palombo and ruled out Andy Carroll after securing Bojan Krkic and M’Baye Niang. "Our market is closed."

It has been a very busy day at the Milanello training ground, as in the last few hours the Rossoneri have officially signed Niang from Caen and Roma striker Bojan arrived to complete his loan transfer.

“Bojan is a good signing and with him we close the transfer market,” Galliani told journalists outside the club headquarters this evening.

“Tomorrow he will undergo his medical and he’ll be available for this weekend’s trip to Bologna.”

The Vice-President also revealed an Italian international midfielder was rejected.

“Palombo was proposed to us, but we turned down the offer,” he said of the Sampdoria veteran who spent last season on loan at Inter.

“Carroll on loan from Liverpool? We have completed our selection of forwards and will not be buying any more. It’s a pity Robinho got injured, but we will wait for him.

“As for Kaka, there will be no trip to Madrid for further talks with Real.”

Bojan: 'I'm going to AC Milan!'
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Bojan Krkic has left Roma and confirmed to journalists “it’s all official, I am going to Milan.”

The Spaniard has been in advanced negotiations to complete the loan switch for this season and that looks to be completed this evening.

“It’s all official, I am going to Milan,” he told journalists as he was entering Rome’s Fiumicino Airport this afternoon.

Bojan emptied out his locker at the Trigoria training ground today and preferred the San Siro option to a potential loan with Liga side Malaga.

“I am very happy,” he added outside the Milan headquarters this evening. “It is a wonderful birthday present. I am ready and I am not afraid.”

Today is the striker’s 22nd birthday.

He joined Roma in the summer of 2011 from Barcelona on a two-year deal, but one which gave the Nou Camp giants the right to buy him back in 2013.

His arrival is just in time, as Milan are without the injured Alexandre Pato and Robinho.

OFFICIAL: AC Milan sign Niang
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have officially signed striker M’baye Niang from French side Caen with a three-year contract.

The player arrived at the Milanello training ground this afternoon to undergo a medical and the club announced the deal soon after.

The financial details of the agreement with Caen have not been released, but it was confirmed this is a permanent transfer.

Still only 17, Niang is one of the most impressive young prospects in French football and has been with Caen since the age of 13. He had also been heavily linked with Everton over the last few weeks.

His new contract with Milan expires on June 30 2015.

AC Milan lose Robinho for a month
29.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan’s injury crisis is already in full flow, as after Alexandre Pato’s setback now Robinho is out for up to a month.

The official club website released a statement this afternoon confirming tests had shown a “first degree strain to the right thigh during Sunday’s Milan-Sampdoria match.

“The recovery time is expected to be three to four weeks, save for complications.”

It is another bitter blow for the Rossoneri, who already lost Pato to a muscular problem during the Trofeo Berlusconi earlier this month.

Missing Robinho will only further add to the striker shortage, which is now becoming chronic.

Ambitious Livorno plot Nesta swoop
28.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Livorno are planning an audacious attempt to sign former Milan defender Alessandro Nesta on loan during the MLS break.

The Tuscan club currently lie second in Serie B, having been relegated from Serie A in 2010.

Aged 36, Nesta left Milan last May after 10 years of service at San Siro, rejecting a new deal with the Rossoneri in favour of joining up with fellow Italians Marco Di Vaio and Matteo Ferrari at MLS club Montreal Impact.

Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, Livorno President Aldo Spinelli revealed that at a dinner with Impact owner Joey Saputo the idea of bringing Nesta to the Stadio Armando Picchi had been broached.

“Yesterday at dinner the owner of Montreal explained to me that from October to March, their League is stopped,” the Amaranto patron said. “Hence the idea was born of taking the greatest defender of all time on loan.

“Certainly, it won't be easy to carry out. Maybe the player wants to rest, maybe I will try other teams. But we'll try anyway. With Nesta in defence Livorno would win the championship.”

Nesta would be following in the footsteps of David Beckham, who twice played for Milan during the MLS break in 2009 and 2010.

Whether he would be willing to return to Italy so soon after leaving, and play in the the second tier, is another question.

Braida wants Cassano answers
28.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida says he has no idea why Antonio Cassano requested a transfer.

The Italian joined Inter last week after telling the Diavolo, a club he only joined in January 2011, that he wanted out.

“He asked to be sold with insistence,” Braida stated. “He asked us once, five times, 10, 100… It got to the stage when there was nothing else we could do.

“Obviously something wasn’t right. I had a meeting with him, but I didn’t understand the motive for his departure. He didn’t tell me.

“It’s all a bit complicated,” Braida added. “There are problems in life that can be resolved and others that can’t, but he should have been clearer.”

Cassano suggested at his official Inter presentation that he left after promises made to him by Vice-President Adriano Galliani were not kept.

AC Milan meet Roma for Bojan
28.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan are holding talks with Roma on Tuesday in a bid to net Bojan Krkic on a loan deal for the 2012-13 campaign.

Giallorossi sporting director Walter Sabatini arrived at Milan’s Via Turati headquarters this morning for discussions with Ariedo Braida and Adriano Galliani.

“We're moving in the right direction in an attempt to sign Bojan Krkic,” Galliani stated. “Things should be finalised today.”

The Spaniard joined the Giallorossi in the summer of 2011 from Barcelona on a two-year deal, but one which gave the Nou Camp giants the right to buy him back in 2013.

The 21-year-old did have his problems at the Stadio Olimpico last term under then boss Luis Enrique.

Nevertheless, the forward still scored seven goals in 33 games for the Giallorossi, but it seems that new boss Zdenek Zeman has doubts about his use in his 4-3-3 plans.

Milan are keen to take the player on a temporary basis and have allegedly already made contact with Barcelona for their go-ahead.

Bojan is also liked by Genoa, Hamburg, Atletico Madrid and Malaga.

AC Milan close Kaka door
28.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Milan have confirmed that they have ended their pursuit of Real Madrid’s Ricky Kaka. “It’s too much of a risk.”

The Diavolo have been in talks for their former Golden Ball winner with the intention of taking him back on loan for the 2012-13 campaign.

However, after holding talks with the Madrid outfit and the Brazilian’s entourage, the San Siro giants have had to admit defeat.

“There are tax issues for Kaka,” Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani noted. “The negotiations have come to an end. It’s too risky.”

Galliani made the statement after wrapping up a deal with Caen for teenage striker M'Baye Niang.

“I don’t know if our market will end with him,” the official added. “He’s here for now, then we will have to wait and see.

“He can play as a first or a second striker. He’s only 17, but he’ll be in the first team squad under Massimiliano Allegri.

“We think he’s a good player – even if I usually give new players six months before making a final assessment of them.”

Kaka AC Milan return in doubt
28.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

Tax complications may have scuppered Kaka's move from Real Madrid back to Milan.

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani was expected in Madrid on Wednesday to take in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Bernabeu, and begin talks with Real President Florentino Perez regarding a loan move for the Brazilian, who was a hero during his six year spell at San Siro but is a fringe player for Jose Mourinhos' Merengues.

However Gazzetta dello Sport report that Galliani took some financial advice on the deal this morning, and the feedback he received was so negative he may not fly out to the Spanish capital after all.

Gazzetta describe the advice as 'a cold shower' for Galliani, who is keen to pull off the transfer in order to assuage the club's critics and win back the fans after a disappointing summer for the Diavolo and a 1-0 opening day defeat to Sampdoria in Serie A yesterday.

Transfer market consultant Ernesto Bronzetti is said to be holding preliminary talks with Perez this evening.

Gallliani has often made unfavourable comparisons between the tax regulations for Italian clubs and those imposed on Spanish clubs in the past.

AC Milan turn to Niang
28.8 || webmaster

Source: Football Italia

AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is reportedly on his way to France to wrap up a deal with Caen for M'Baye Niang.

The 17-year-old was being linked with clubs in England, but it looks like the Diavolo will tie up his signing for around €2.5m.

Galliani is heading to France with the club’s lawyer and agent Oscar Damiani.

Niang is a France Under-21 international striker who broke into Caen’s first team at the age of just 16.

The player may be Milan’s last attacking swoop of the summer given the problematic nature of the San Siro outfit’s attempts to sign Kaka from Real Madrid.

Nocerino: It's only Round 1
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Antonio Nocerino has reminded Milan’s doubters that the season hasn’t ended with a Week 1 defeat to Sampdoria.

After a summer of high profile departures, the Diavolo are being criticised for losing their opening game of the League campaign against Doria at San Siro.

“We’re disappointed to have lost, but there’s no need to start crying,” the midfielder noted. “It’s the first day of the season…

“We started slow last year as well but then we picked things up. I still have trust in this team because we’ll get a bit of luck and we’ll get better in terms of fitness.

“Milan is still Milan and we should be supported as we’re the most important team – the one that has won the most.”

Although beginning the campaign with a loss is bad for morale, the Italian international has urged his teammates to remain positive.

“We’ll all have to roll up our sleeves, put our heads down and get to work,” said the 2011 summer signing from Palermo.

“We’ll look where we slipped up during the week and we’ll work on improving, but we shouldn’t let our heads drop as it’s only the first game!”

Not just Kaka for AC Milan
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Milan will also ask Real Madrid for the services of Lassana Diarra when they resume talks for Kaka this week.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri want to take their former player on loan and are hoping to net teammate Diarra too.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani is expected in the Spanish capital on Wednesday where he will watch the Supercopa de Espana second-leg clash between Madrid and Barcelona.

The Italians have already contacted Diarra, whose contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires in June 2013, but so far the French international’s personal demands have proved problematic.

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has asked the club to sign him a new central midfielder following the summer departures of Mark Van Bommel and Gennaro Gattuso.

New AC Milan need time, says Abbiati
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Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has called for patience after admitting that an era had come to an end at San Siro.

The Diavolo waved goodbye to a host of veterans over the summer, before then selling Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain.

Fans were left further frustrated on Sunday when the club began the new season with a 1-0 home loss to Sampdoria.

“It’s not nice to lose your opening game of the season and it leaves a bitter taste,” the Italian custodian noted.

“We reacted really well after conceding the goal, but we were unable to do anything about the scoreline.

“I ask the fans for a touch of patience. A lot of champions have left, but younger players have come in who are hungry for great futures.

“Obviously patience can’t last forever and we need to go in search of a win as soon as Saturday against Bologna.

“The fans have understood that a cycle at this club has come to an end and a new one has just started...”

Montolivo didn't expect AC Milan loss
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Riccardo Montolivo has admitted he was shocked that his Milan debut ended in a 1-0 home loss to Sampdoria.

“I would have expected a different result for the first game of the season,” stated the Bosman free signing from Fiorentina.

“We’re disappointed because we created a lot in the second half, but we were missing that little bit of luck.”

Milan have undergone some mass changes over the summer and the supporters didn’t hide their anger following yesterday’s San Siro defeat to a newly promoted side.

“I can understand the discontent of the fans and we’re disappointed and angry too, but we’re counting on making amends on Saturday,” Montolivo added.

“There’s still a lot of work to do in all areas and we still have to find the right balance. There’s a lot of room for improvement.”

The Italian international thought Milan did enough in the game to get at least a point, but admits that Sampdoria’s defensive display was impressive.

“It was tough to get the ball in and around the final third. When teams close up like they did, it’s difficult to create play.

“In the second half we reacted well and we could even have deserved a different result.”

Allegri: 'AC Milan just unlucky'
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Massimiliano Allegri insists “Milan were unlucky” in their surprise 1-0 home defeat to Sampdoria.

“The first half was played with a little fear against a side that defended very well. After the break we started fairly well and then went behind to the only corner they had,” said the Coach.

“We hit the woodwork, forced goalline clearances and saves. I cannot ask for anything more from my players at the moment.

“There’s no point acting like victims now and we must instead restart from the good things seen. The performance showed there are quality players in this side, but there are always going to be difficulties at the start and we need calm to grow slowly.”

Allegri did point out this squad is not yet complete, as talks continue for Real Madrid star Kaka.

“We have five days left in the transfer session to see what we need and can find. At the moment the important thing is that the lads don’t get too downhearted, as they did what they could.

“It’s one of those games where they score on a corner and then moments later in a similar situation we hit the post.

“At the start of the season teams can win a game with one shot on goal. Of course we have to improve and the result was negative, but we were unlucky today and the lads played with heart, especially at the end.

“If we had equalised with Mario Yepes and then scored at the very end, people would be saying we played a great game. Instead, we hit the woodwork twice.”

Galliani on Cassano and Kaka
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Adriano Galliani replied to Antonio Cassano’s personal attacks and confirmed Kaka will only arrive “if Real Madrid change their minds” on a loan switch.

The Milan Vice-President was bitterly criticised in new Inter buy Cassano’s Press conference yesterday, suggesting he was “all mouth and no trousers” by failing to maintain promises.

“It is the first, and I hope also the last, time that a player has said these things about me,” replied Galliani ahead of today’s Serie A match with Sampdoria.

“I will only say that if I ever made a promise, then I have kept it. I never promised to extend contracts. Why would we renew a deal in 2011 that wasn’t set to expire until 2014?”

Galliani was also asked about the Kaka saga, as the 30-year-old Brazilian was again dropped from Real Madrid’s squad amid reports of a row with Jose Mourinho.

“The situation with regards to Kaka is clear. Real Madrid want to sell him on a permanent basis, we want to take him on loan. If Real Madrid change their minds then I’ll fly straight to Spain, otherwise we can’t do anything about it.

“As for the defence, we have five centre-backs and four full-backs, so we are covered.”

AC Milan look to Bojan?
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Milan fly out for talks with Real Madrid over Kaka, but unsettled Roma striker Bojan Krkic emerges as an alternative.

The Rossoneri confirmed this week that Vice-President Adriano Galliani will be jetting out to Madrid on Monday to discuss Kaka’s future.

They hope to take the Brazilian on loan with mandatory option to buy at the end of the season, therefore spreading the cost to the next financial year while still giving Real guarantees.

However, according to Sky Sport Italia there is a new alternative emerging within Serie A.

Bojan has emerged as an intriguing option, as he is still owned by Barcelona as part of a strange two-year development deal with Roma.

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi told journalists that Bojan had been offered to him because the Giallorossi “wanted to release” the Spanish striker.

Milan would give him the opportunity to play in the Champions League and Serie A, while helping the team during yet another of Alexandre Pato’s thigh injuries.

Bojan moved to Roma in July 2011 for a fee of €12m, but Barcelona have the buyback clause to sign him back in 2013.

If the Giallorossi want to keep Bojan after that date, they must pay €28m.

Serie A: AC Milan 0:1 Sampdoria - match report
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Scorer: Costa 59 (S)

Sampdoria caused a huge upset with a 1-0 victory at San Siro to silence Milan, as Kevin-Prince Boateng hit the woodwork in stoppages.

The Genoa side had lost its last three visits 3-0, but this proved to be their first win here since a 2-1 in March 2008 and inevitably the home stars were jeered off the field.

The Rossoneri have been revolutionised this summer with the departure of top stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Antonio Cassano, Alessandro Nesta and Clarence Seedorf. Alexandre Pato, Ignazio Abate and Massimo Ambrosini were injured for this match, but new arrival Pazzini started from the bench.

Maxi Lopez returned to face his former club, but a back problem meant he wasn’t fit to start in Ciro Ferrara’s 4-3-3 line-up. Samp were back in Serie A after a year in the wilderness, albeit starting from -1 due to the betting scandal, but missing the suspended Nicola Pozzi and goalkeeper Da Costa. Milan fans sent a message to Cassano with a large banner in the stands that read: ‘Ingrate.’

There was an early scare after 10 minutes when Eder robbed Daniele Bonera down the left, but the defender got back just in time to block the shot.

A weak Robinho effort was easily smothered and penalty appeals were waved away, as the ball bounced on to Daniele Gastaldello’s arm. Robinho’s free kick was deflected wide and Mario Yepes nodded over the bar.

Before the break Christian Abbiati was tested by a deflected Andrea Costa effort and Eder snapshot.

After the restart a Robinho cross-shot landed on the roof of the net and he went for goal moments later, the curler well plucked out of the air by Argentina’s international goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Pazzini was given his Milan debut after 56 minutes, replacing El Shaarawy to face one of his former clubs.

However, it was Sampdoria who opened the scoring moments later. A corner was whipped in for defender Costa’s towering header from six yards that left Abbiati rooted to the spot.

Milan were convinced they had equalised on 64 minutes with a similar move, as the corner found Yepes for a bullet header, but this time Romero incredibly managed to parry from point-blank range on to the inside of the post and keep his wits about him to grab the ricochet. It was a remarkable save from Argentina’s Number 1.

Mathieu Flamini flicked another corner off target and a scuffle broke out when Luca Antonini accused Eder of time-wasting by delaying his substitution.

Boateng hit a powerful but very central effort at Romero, while Kevin Constant’s angled drive was again straight at the goalkeeper from six yards.

In the final minute Milan had a great chance to snatch a point with Boateng’s shot deflected on the edge of the box to loop over Romero, but Samp were saved by the woodwork! The Ghanaian international again threatened in stoppages, but his header was well held, while Flamini's shot was cleared off the line by Gastaldello with the last kick of the game.

Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Bonera, Yepes, Antonini; Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino (Constant 75); Boateng, El Shaarawy (Pazzini 56); Robinho (Emanuelson 59)

Sampdoria: Romero; Berardi, Gastaldello, Rossini, Costa; Obiang, Tissone, Poli (Munari 80); Estigarribia (Maxi Lopez 73), Eder (Soriano 76), Krsticic

Ref: Banti

Maxi Lopez AC Milan regrets
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Maxi Lopez returns to San Siro to face former Milan teammates, as the Sampdoria signing admits “I had wanted to stay.”

The Argentine spent the last six months on loan with the Rossoneri, but they did not take up their option to make the move permanent.

He instead returned to Catania, who loaned him out again to newly-promoted Sampdoria.

“I had wanted to stay at Milan because I settled in straight away and made friends with all the lads,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“The Rossoneri family gave me such a warm welcome and it was important for me to remain. Unfortunately, that did not happen.”

Maxi Lopez remains a doubt to play due to a back problem in the game that kicks off at 17.00 UK time. Click here for a match preview.

“I’d love to score a goal, because this is a really special game for me. Besides, scoring is my job. However, if I did net then I wouldn’t celebrate out of respect for the fans.”

The blond hitman managed two goals in 11 appearances for Milan between Serie A, the Coppa Italia and Champions League.

AC Milan lose Ambrosini and Abate
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Giampaolo Pazzini could make his Milan debut against Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon, but Massimo Ambrosini and Ignazio Abate are out.

The striker just arrived from Inter this week, but Alexandre Pato’s latest thigh injury means Il Pazzo may well be thrown in at the deep end.

The only other available forwards for Coach Massimiliano Allegri are Stephan El Shaarawy and Robinho.

Ambrosini and Abate are not included in the squad, as they trained separately from the rest of the side due to knocks.

Also sidelined are Rodney Strasser, Didac Vila and Sulley Ali Muntari on long-term injuries.

AC Milan squad for Sampdoria: Abbiati, Amelia, Gabriel, Acerbi, Antonini, Bonera, De Sciglio, Yepes, Zapata, Boateng, Carmona, Constant, Emanuelson, Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino, Traorè, Valoti, El Shaarawy, Pazzini, Robinho

Ferrara: 'Sampdoria can trouble AC Milan'
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Ciro Ferrara is confident his newly-promoted Sampdoria “can cause even more problems” for Milan on Sunday, though Maxi Lopez remains a doubt.

“Facing the Rossoneri at San Siro straight away is not necessarily a negative thing. Usually the top teams take a while to get into gear,” said the former Italy Under-21 Coach.

Click here for a match preview of the 17.00 UK time kick-off.

“I don’t know what atmosphere Milan will find from their own fans, but if they have pressure on them then we can cause even more problems. I hope they are not 100 per cent, but that Sampdoria are.”

The Blucerchiati caused an upset at the Nou Camp earlier this week when winning the Gamper Trophy 1-0 against Barcelona, marking the 20th anniversary of their European Cup Final.

“I want to see solidity, a tight team, few spaces given to our opponents and a great spirit of sacrifice. Basically, everything you saw against Barcelona, but to be fair there were similar elements on show in the Coppa Italia with Juve Stabia despite the defeat,” continued Ferrara.

“Our more experienced players must do better to take some pressure off the debutants. Maxi Lopez had a back problem during the Gamper Trophy and we’ll only know tomorrow if he can play.”

Sampdoria squad for AC Milan: Padelli, Romero, Berardi, Castellini, Costa, De Silvestri, Gastaldello, Mustafi, Rossini, Krsticic, Munari, Obiang, Poli, Renan, Soriano, Tissone, Eder, Estigarribia, Icardi, Maxi Lopez

Allegri: 'Cassano lacks respect'
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Massimiliano Allegri bitterly criticised Antonio Cassano, ruled out reports he wanted to resign and prepares for Milan’s Serie A opener against Sampdoria.

Cassano raised eyebrows today with a Press conference attacking Vice-President Adriano Galliani and the club for weakening the team and not considering him first choice, which he saw as just reason to request the transfer to Inter.

“He was an important player in his first six months here and contributed to the Scudetto victory. He started really well last season and was stopped by this heart problem, but I think Milan really helped him be passed fit to continue his career.

“We helped him to reach the Euros, because without Milan he would never have played for the Nazionale in 2012. Then he put in a transfer request and the club accepted it,” noted the Coach.

“Cassano played pretty often with me, as did all the players, though I can’t just let anyone take part in 60 games per season. The facts show when he was fit, I always let Cassano play. If he wanted to feel first choice in every match, then you’d have to ask him that.

“I guess Cassano is happy to join Inter and we are happy to have Giampaolo Pazzini. Divorces exist in life. Was he ungrateful? Antonio knows full well what Milan did for him and vice-versa. It’s too easy to talk when you’ve left a club. You need to show a basic level of respect.”

Allegri had also reportedly engaged in a bitter row with Galliani, threatening to resign this week if they signed Genoa striker Ze Eduardo.

“I never thought about resigning and wanted to immediately wipe out this rumour that has been circulating recently. I have an excellent rapport with Galliani. There were exchanges of opinion, but all together we are working to build a Milan side that can compete in Italy and Europe.”

The Rossoneri have considerably weakened with many top stars either sold or ending their contracts, so Allegri has suggested the target is a top three finish.

“I don’t know how far this Milan can go, but we have faith and want to prove ourselves, whether it is in first or fifth place. Football is wonderful because it can upset the odds. We want to turn around all the negative things that were said about us this summer.

“The club made certain choices with regards to Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic, so we have built a team with different characteristics.

“It will be important tomorrow against Sampdoria, as they are organised, have quality and did very well to beat Barcelona in the Gamper Trophy last week. We must begin again from the last two pre-season games when we kept clean sheets.”

Alexandre Pato could be out of action for three weeks after picking up yet another thigh strain.

“It’s a shame, as he has basically been out for a year. We await his return.”

Cassano: 'AC Milan were wrong, not me'
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Antonio Cassano launched an attack on Milan and Adriano Galliani after his transfer to Inter. “This time I’m not the one who got it wrong. I wasn't ungrateful.”

The fiery striker has moved around Roma, Real Madrid and Sampdoria with controversial spells and temper tantrums, but surprised many with his switch across San Siro this week.

“The important thing for me was for everyone to agree with the move. I want to thank the President, but also Marco Branca and Piero Ausilio,” said Cassano in today’s Press conference. “I publicly thank them because they had faith in Antonio the man.

“Massimo Moratti told me many things, but I won’t reveal them. He wanted me here back from the days of Roberto Mancini. However, as I was completely crazy at the time, it was right not to sign me.

“There was steam coming out of my ears, but now I am relaxed and calm, so it’s a good decision to bring me to Inter. I am happy to be here.”

Cassano has so far refused to reveal why he put in a transfer request at Milan, but hinted it was Vice-President Galliani.

“When I joined Milan I said that if I got it wrong there then I ought to be locked up. Well, this time I’m not the one who got it wrong. I had to leave. There was someone above the Coach who did something wrong and I can’t stand it when people take me for a ride.

“When I was ill, my teammates were very close to me, but this person promised so much. He was all mouth and no trousers.

“This time I want to deal with men who let me know when things are right or wrong. I want to be told face to face what the real situation is. Elsewhere they say some things and do others instead.

“The promises that Milan made? Ask this other person, who is so good at turning the situation around. He gets on only with those who suck up to him, but that’s not my style.”

FantAntonio had expressed his dismay over the summer at the idea Thiago Silva could be sold, so was distraught when both the defender and Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to PSG simultaneously. He also expected a new contract that never materialised.

“I counted for very little at Milan. I thank the people there who helped me out and even saved my life, while Mauro Tassotti was very close to me. You cannot say I was ungrateful. It was important for me to come to Inter because they are a team who want to win.

“I had a good offer from Qatar, which I would like, but I’d love to be at the World Cup with Italy and that means playing in a 'real' League. I’ve always supported Inter and everyone wanted me here, while I really wanted to work with Yuto Nagatomo. Will I debut tomorrow against Pescara? The Coach will see.”

Cassano also famously said at his presentation that "above Milan there is only sky," but he added to the phrase today. "Above the sky there is Inter."

Galliani: 'I'm flying out for Kaka'
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“I will fly to Madrid over the next few days and we’ll see what happens,” confirmed Adriano Galliani as Milan launch a new bid for Kaka.

The transfer saga has been dragging on all summer and it’s reported Jose Mourinho set a deadline for Wednesday to sort out the Brazilian’s situation.

“I will fly to Madrid over the next few days and we’ll see what happens,” was Vice-President Galliani’s comment to Sky Sport Italia cameras.

Real Madrid had been determined not to release Kaka for less than €25m, but the latest rumours from Spain suggest the price-tag could drop dramatically.

Milan continue to hope they can sign the player on loan with a mandatory option to buy at the end of the season.

This would guarantee Real Madrid their money, but spread the cost of the move over to the next season’s books.

Maxi Lopez doubt to face AC Milan
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Maxi Lopez might not get the chance to face his former teammates, as the Sampdoria striker is likely to miss the trip to Milan on Sunday.

The Argentine spent the last six months on loan at San Siro and was relishing the opportunity to return in this weekend’s Serie A encounter.

However, he trained separately from his teammates today and remains a major doubt to feature due to a back injury.

Milan-Sampdoria kicks off at 17.00 UK time on Sunday.

In other news, Sampdoria have officially terminated Alessandro Romeo’s contract by mutual consent and signed goalkeeper Tommaso Berni on a free transfer.

Cassano exit 'stunned' Thiago Silva
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Thiago Silva admits he was truly torn when leaving Milan for PSG and is “stunned” by Antonio Cassano’s move to rivals Inter.

The defender was one of the transfer sagas of the summer, as at first his €42m move was rejected by the Rossoneri, but then accepted in a double deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic two weeks later.

“When President Silvio Berlusconi blocked everything, I was a little surprised, but also relaxed as I was working with the Brazilian team at the Olympics,” revealed Thiago Silva in his presentation today.

“It was not easy to leave Milan, for me or for the club, but it was my choice and I stand by it. I had nothing to complain about during my three years at Milan and was treated well from the start.

“I gave everything I had. I wish the Rossoneri fans well and left them with great sadness. Now I am happy to be here and hope to do as well with Paris Saint-Germain as I did at Milan. I have belief in this project and want to be a part of it.”

Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic’s sale is the main reason why Cassano wanted to quit, as he felt the team was being radically weakened.

This week FantAntonio moved across San Siro to join Inter in exchange for Giampaolo Pazzini.

“I’m stunned. I really couldn’t have imagined he would make the choice to join Inter, a rival team, so quickly. I do understand these things happen in football and I wish him the best. We had a great friendship and it will remain intact.”

AC Milan sign Niang?
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Highly promising Caen striker M'Baye Niang is close to completing a loan move to Milan, after the French outfit reportedly accepted an offer this morning.

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani proposed the loan move to Caen last week and has been waiting for a response ever since.

According to reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport, an official message arrived just after midday today accepting the offer.

After breaking into the Caen first team at the age of 16, Niang went on to score vital goals to save his side from relegation in his first season.

However, he was helpless to watch the Normandy based team finish in the bottom three and lose their place in the French top flight last term.

The 17-year-old international’s performances have attracted attention from Manchester City, Juventus and Chelsea in the past.

A move is expected to be completed in the coming days, with Niang already en route to Milan to discuss personal terms before the end of the transfer window.

Pazzini: 'Can't say no to AC Milan'
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Giampaolo Pazzini reveals how his exchange with Antonio Cassano came about. “You can’t say no to Milan.”

The former Inter striker made the transfer across San Siro for €7m plus FantAntonio and held his first Press conference today.

“The first sensations are excellent and it was a quick negotiation process. I am very happy, as Milan are the top and you can’t say no to Milan.

“I am really eager to do well, motivated and want to get back to being the player I was up until five months ago, when I was also a key figure in the Nazionale.

“Straight away I can bring enthusiasm and hunger. I aim to start on the right foot against Sampdoria on Sunday, even if everyone knows the rapport I had with the fans there.”

Leaving Samp in January 2011 proved to be a bad decision, as the team was relegated and his spell at Inter has been disappointing. Pazzini admits he never hid the fact he wasn’t entirely happy about that move.

“I was honest, as I wasn’t expecting it. The choice was made by Sampdoria and I respected it. My conscience is clear. As for Inter, I received a phone call the day before the team presentation for this season telling me I wasn’t part of their plans.

“I don’t wish to cause controversy, as I received many positive messages from my former teammates. The rest is no longer important.

“I was joking with Cassano and told him he needs me to end up on the front pages of the newspapers! He remains a great player and all I can say is that I’m very happy to be here. I don’t know why he wasn’t.

“I’ve found another old friend here, as I’ve known Riccardo Montolivo since we were children in the Atalanta youth academy. It was strange, yet wonderful, to see him here.”

Arsenal's Denilson for AC Milan?
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There are reports Milan are set to sign Denilson from Arsenal, which would mean him scrapping a loan to Sao Paolo.

The defensive midfielder was a youth team player at Sao Paolo and returned there on loan last season, a deal which was recently renewed.

However, Sky Sports claim Arsenal have a clause in his contract allowing them to cancel the loan if a suitable offer arrives to sell Denilson permanently.

The 24-year-old joined the Gunners in 2006, scoring seven goals in 96 appearances.

Yepes: AC Milan needed Pazzini
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Giampaolo Pazzini has been described as the player Milan needed by new teammate Mario Yepes.

The Italian arrived at Milanello this week after the club agreed to give Inter €7m and the services of Antonio Cassano in exchange for the striker.

“Pazzini is the target man we have been missing,” the Colombian told Milan Channel. “He wants to win something in Italy.”

Milan had been searching for a new forward after their decision to sell star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain.

The veteran stopper also welcomed new defensive colleague Cristian Zapata after his arrival from Villarreal. He’s replaced PSG-bound Thiago Silva.

“Zapata knows Italian football well,” he said of the former Udinese man. “He is strong and fast and has what it takes to do well.”

Both new boys could make their debuts in Sunday’s Week 1 game against Serie A new boys Sampdoria.

More Allegri - AC Milan tension
24.8 || webmaster

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AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri allegedly threatened to resign over his club’s bid to net Ze Eduardo from Genoa, reports La Repubblica.

The Rossoneri had agreed a deal with the Stadio Ferraris outfit for the Brazilian, but without the consent of Allegri.

The move subsequently collapsed after the former Cagliari tactician made it clear that he did not want the forward in his squad.

It’s not the first sign of tension between Coach and the club this summer given that Allegri was criticised by Adriano Galliani recently.

The Vice-President was left furious with Allegri after the Diavolo lost a pre-season friendly to Real Madrid in spectacular fashion – losing 5-1 in the process.

Allegri has been deprived of some key personnel in this window after a host of veterans left at the end of their contracts, while Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were sold to Paris Saint-Germain.

It is also claimed that Allegri has asked for a defensive midfielder before the window closes, but Galliani has his eyes on a more attacking player instead.

Real Madrid’s Ricky Kaka is still on their radar with a possible final decision over that move to be made on Wednesday.

Mourinho shows Kaka the door
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Jose Mourinho is pushing Milan target Ricky Kaka out of Spanish giants Real Madrid. “There is no room for him.”

The Brazilian was left out of the squad for last night’s Spanish Super Cup 3-2 first leg defeat at Barcelona and the tactician later explained the reasons why.

“I knew I had Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria if I needed attacking changes during the game,” the former Inter boss stated.

“I then had Esteban Granero and Lass Diarra for the midfield and two defenders also on the bench, so there was no room for Kaka.”

Kaka’s future is in serious doubt after interest from numerous clubs across Europe, but specifically from the Rossoneri.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has confirmed that the attacking midfielder could be re-signed at the end of a summer which has witnessed some big name San Siro departures.

However, it remains to be seen whether the Diavolo have the finances in place to cover the 30-year-old’s personal terms.

Kaka AC Milan deal resurrected
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Real Madrid midfielder Ricky Kaka's return to Milan could happen after all, as talks reportedly recommence in Barcelona.

A deal to bring the Brazilian star back to San Siro was in the offing earlier this month but fell through.

However, in light of the players omission from Real's squad for tonight's Spanish Super Cup first leg at Camp Nou, Gazzetta dello Sport claim Ernesto Bronzetti – the agent renowned for facilitating transfers between Serie A and La Liga – has travelled to Barcelona for talks with Los Blancos President Florentino Perez.

Kaka, who made 193 appearances for the Diavolo between 2003 and 2009, has been a fringe figure at the Bernabeu. He set up three of Real's goals in their recent 5-1 friendly win over Milan in New York.

AC Milan and Inter eye De Jong
24.8 || webmaster

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Milan and Inter are both battling to sign Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, according to ANSA.

Deemed surplus to requirements in Roberto Mancini’s plans for the English Champions, the 27-year-old has attracted attention from several European outfits and is valued at €10m.

Having exchanging strikers Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini yesterday, it seems the Milan clubs are back to fighting over transfer targets.

The Nerazzurri had shown an interest in the 2010 World Cup finalist earlier this summer, while the Rossoneri are now in the market for an imposing midfielder to strengthen their squad.

Ze Eduardo now won't join AC Milan
23.8 || webmaster

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Ze Eduardo’s proposed move from Genoa to Milan seems to be off after an agreement couldn’t be reached.

The Rossoneri had seemingly done a deal for the Brazilian on the day that they lost Alexandre Pato to another injury.

However, according to Sky Sport Italia, the transfer has collapsed given the uncertainty of boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Milan were ready to take the player on loan for the season, but Allegri asked to have him on trial for the next week in order to better assess his ability.

Allegri and the player are understood to have spoken, but Ze Eduardo rejected the request of a trial period.

Genoa - AC Milan unite for El Kaddouri
23.8 || webmaster

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Genoa and Milan could team up on the transfer market to sign Brescia youngster Omar El Kaddouri.

The attacking midfielder, in the last year of his contract, was being linked with moves to Parma and Juventus earlier this summer.

However, no transfer was completed and, amid interest from Fulham too, Genoa and Milan may unite to get their man.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Genoa will grab the €3.5m valued player immediately with the understanding that Milan will sign a 50 per cent share in him during January.

Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi and Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani are transfer allies after completing numerous pieces of business over the years.

This summer alone they have done deals involving Francesco Acerbi and Ze Eduardo.

New thigh injury for Pato
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Milan striker Alexandre Pato has sustained another thigh injury in training today, so he’s expected to miss the season opener with Sampdoria.

The Brazilian missed most of last term with a series of muscular problems and his appearance at the Trofeo Berlusconi on Sunday was his first San Siro match in six months.

The Rossoneri released a statement this afternoon confirming Pato had suffered “a problem to the left thigh” and will undergo tests over the next few days.

It is not clear how bad the damage is, but according to reports it could prompt Milan to run to the transfer market for potential back-ups.

They signed Giampaolo Pazzini from Inter today in exchange for Antonio Cassano and €7m cash.

AC Milan trial for Ze Eduardo
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Genoa striker Jose Ze Eduardo will spend the next nine days on trial at Milan with a view to a permanent transfer.

The 24-year-old will work with the Rossoneri for the rest of the month under the watchful eye of boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The tactician will then give his thoughts on the potential buy to Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani who has a good working relationship with Grifone chief Enrico Preziosi.

The Brazilian joined Genoa in 2011 from Santos, but he has failed to score in 10 games for the Stadio Ferraris outfit.

OFFICIAL: Pazzini to AC Milan, Cassano to Inter
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The Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini swap deal has been completed, the two Milan clubs have confirmed.

Inter have released a brief note on their website which states that they have signed Cassano outright from city cousins Milan.

The Italian international, 30, has put pen to paper on a contract until June 2014.

Milan have simultaneously welcomed Pazzini to the red and black half of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. No other details were given.

It is understood that Milan handed over around €7m in cash to Inter as part of the swap deal for Pazzini.

Pazzini and Cassano, former colleagues at Sampdoria, are training with their new teammates today.

Coco questions AC Milan over Cassano
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Francesco Coco is surprised by Milan’s decision to hand over cash as well as Antonio Cassano to Inter for Giampaolo Pazzini.

The two players are on the verge of officially swapping clubs, with Inter also set to be handed €7m as part of the deal.

“It would have been fairer without the money,” Coco, who left Milan for Inter in 2002, told Radio Mana Mana.

“Milan are the losers here because they have to put their hand in their pocket. It’s a swap deal which is totally in Inter’s favour.”

The move has been engineered by the fact that 30-year-old Cassano asked the Diavolo to sell him – just 18 months after his arrival from Sampdoria.

“Cassano has always been an Inter fan and his talent is not up for discussion,” the former left-back continued.

“Now he has the chance to fulfil a dream. However, Milan need Pazzini more than Inter need Cassano…”

Cassano 'passes Inter medical'
22.8 || webmaster

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Antonio Cassano passed his Inter medical, announced the doctor who performed it. “His heart is fine.”

The player had risked his life when he suffered an ischemic stroke on October 29, 2011, then underwent surgery to correct a congenital heart defect that had caused it.

“There are no problems compared to what was seen when he was at Milan,” Doctor Benazzo told Sky Sport Italia at the San Matteo di Pavia hospital.

“His heart is fine.”

The striker is ready to complete a transfer to Inter in exchange for Giampaolo Pazzini and €7m cash.

Cassano returned to football on April 7 and was able to take part in Italy’s Euro 2012 campaign.

Moratti: 'Strama wanted Cassano'
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Inter President Massimo Moratti revealed Andrea Stramaccioni “wanted this transfer” in the Antonio Cassano - Giampaolo Pazzini exchange.

Pazzini already had lunch at Milanello today and underwent his medical, while Cassano agreed terms with the Nerazzurri for the swap plus an added €7m.

“It is an interesting operation,” Moratti told the official Inter website.

“We think it’ll go well because he’s an entertaining and interesting player. We believe he can be useful and our Coach thinks so too.

“Our forwards have scored lots of goals so far and so he’d be helping them to score even more. What system suits him best? I think that’s a question for the Coach, as he’s the one who wanted this transfer. He’ll have a precise idea on how best to use Cassano.”

Stramaccioni only began his senior management career towards the end of last season, but is taking on a player who had rows with top class Coaches like Fabio Capello and Marcello Lippi.

“I don’t think we need to put Cassano on track. He has the personality to do that himself,” replied Moratti.

“He certainly brings enthusiasm, which is an important thing too. We are happy and will now make sure it all goes well.”

The President was asked whether Cassano would make the difference to a transfer session that has been dominated by the economic crisis.

“Yes, but we don’t push to make the difference. We try to do things that can be useful for the club. We have made other transfers this summer, but they were made so early that some have forgotten. We have changed the team.”

Montolivo welcomes Pazzini
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Riccardo Montolivo has welcomed new teammate Giampaolo Pazzini to Milan in the swap with Antonio Cassano. “We’ve been friends for many years.”

Inter striker Pazzini arrived at the Milanello training ground today for his medical, as an exchange with Cassano looks set to be completed this evening.

“As a person he’s splendid and we’ve been friends for many years,” Montolivo told Milan Channel.

“Together we won the Coppa Italia Primavera with the Atalanta youth team, playing together for that club, at Fiorentina, in the Under-21 Italy side and for the Nazionale.

“It will be wonderful if he arrives. Pazzini has done well in all the teams he played for. He is a fox in the box, very strong in the air and helps his sides to play well.

“It’s wonderful to meet up here, at the club with the most trophies in the world, especially as I feel our squad is missing a player precisely like him.”

Didac Vila surgery blow
21.8 || webmaster

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Didac Vila's problems continue, as after a failed transfer the Milan defender is out for eight weeks following surgery.

The Spaniard had been due to make the move to Valencia this summer when he failed a medical due to a groin problem.

He returned to Milanello and today it was announced he will be out of action for eight weeks – if there are no complications – after surgery for athletic pubalgia.

Didac Vila spent last season on loan at Espanyol, but with this setback it will be difficult for the Rossoneri to get him off their books.

Pazzini at Milanello: I'm very happy
21.8 || webmaster

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Giampaolo Pazzini has arrived at Milan's training ground to seal his transfer from city rivals Inter.

Pazzini and his former Sampdoria strike partner Antonio Cassano are at the centre of a controversial swap deal, with the Rossoneri set to hand €7m plus Cassano over to the Nerazzurri in exchange for Pazzo's services.

“I am very happy,” the 28-year-old stated upon his arrival at Milanello. “I knew all about it yesterday.

“Am I ready to take Filippo Inzaghi's place? We'll see.”

According to Sky Sport Italia Cassano's medical is the only remaining formality, with confirmation of the deal expected this evening.

Moratti happy with Cassano swoop
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Inter owner Massimo Moratti has given his seal of approval to his club’s proposed swoop for Milan’s Antonio Cassano.

Talks are still taking place on Tuesday in a bid to finalise an agreement that will see Milan hand over Cassano and €7m in exchange for Giampaolo Pazzini.

“We still need to complete everything, but we are working on it,” the oil baron said outside of his offices in Milan this afternoon.

“But who wouldn’t want a player like Antonio Cassano at their club?”

Meanwhile, Pazzini is understood to have undergone the first part of his Rossoneri medical earlier today.

He is expected to arrive at Milanello later this afternoon.

'Milan clubs keen on Quagliarella'
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Both Milan clubs have shown an interest in Fabio Quagliarella, but the forward wants to remain with champions Juventus.

The attacker has been linked with a move away from Turin and his agent has confirmed that the San Siro sides have been monitoring him.

“There is interest from Inter, while there has only been a conversation with Milan,” agent Giuseppe Bozzo told Sport Italia.

“Fabio, however, would like to remain at Juve in order to keep winning with the Bianconeri.”

A Quagliarella-Giampaolo Pazzini swap was being mentioned before the Antonio Cassano-Pazzini exchange with Milan developed.

The 28-year-old scored four goals in 23 League games for the Old Lady in the last campaign.

Acerbi to prove his worth at AC Milan
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The agent of Francesco Acerbi says his client has settled in well at Milan – but he has much to prove at San Siro.

“He’s very happy with things, but it is still rather soon,” Andrea Cattoli told Sky Sport Italia. “He still has to demonstrate his worth on the field of play.”

The 24-year-old moved to the Stadio Meazza in the summer on a co-ownership basis from Genoa after spending last season at Chievo.

Acerbi, who has opted to go for Alessandro Nesta’s No 13 shirt following his departure, has only made 17 top-flight appearances in his career.

OFFICIAL: Cassano - Pazzini swap
21.8 || webmaster

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Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini could undergo their medicals on Tuesday after Milan and Inter agreed terms over their transfers.

After an intense Monday of negotiations between all parties, a deal has reportedly been done for the Italian internationals.

Pazzini will move to Milan in exchange for Cassano, his former striker partner at Sampdoria, and €7m in cash.

The deal was born after Cassano, now 30, put in a transfer request at Milanello – allegedly because of his frosty relationship with boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Milan, meanwhile, were looking for a new striker after the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain and Pazzini had been transfer listed by the Nerazzurri.

Pazzini is understood to have agreed personal terms with the Diavolo last night, while Cassano is on the verge of reaching an understanding with Inter – the team he grew up supporting.

According to some reports, the transfers could be made official at some point on Tuesday.

Moratti and Galliani's top secret summit
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Massimo Moratti and Adriano Galliani have tonight met to discuss the Antonio Cassano - Giampaolo Pazzini swap.

Inter and Milan's mooted exchange of the 'goal twins', who formed such an effective partnership at Sampdoria before heading for opposite sides of the Milan divide a year and a half ago, is dominating the news agenda in Italy and today has been the most frenzied day of activity yet.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport a conversation between Milan President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice President Galliani during Sunday night's Trofeo Berlusconi was the spur that set the wheels in motion.

Negotiations between the Diavolo and Pazzo's agent Tulio Tinti reportedly took place this morning, and though Tinti later denied it, an agreement on wages is thought to have been found.

Earlier this evening, the Press waiting outside Inter headquarters on Corso Vittorio Emanuele spotted Galliani's car pulling in - only he wasn't in it.

Ten minutes after the Milan chief mislead the media, Massimo Moratti exited the Saras offices alone. The Inter President is believed then to have met old adversary Galliani in a top secret location.

What Galliani is reported to have offered Moratti is Cassano plus €7 million - paid over three years - for the services of Pazzini.

This could be the next chapter in a long history of players moving directly between the Milan giants, including Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo and Giuseppe Meazza.

It is also reported that if Milan do not get their hands on Pazzini, a deal seeing Cassano arrive at Inter could still be concluded, and the Rossoneri would then turn their attention to Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella.

AC Milan won't replace Mesbah
20.8 || webmaster

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Milan insist that they will not be bringing in a new left-back if they sell Djamel Mesbah to Palermo.

The Rosanero are keen on the Algerian and talks took place at the Giannino restaurant in Milan earlier today.

“There is a negotiation with Palermo,” Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani noted. “If we sell Mesbah then we won’t be bringing in a replacement.”

Palermo director Giorgio Perinetti was the man who dined with Galliani to discuss the defender who only joined Milan in January from Lecce.

“We had a discussion with Galliani,” Perinetti noted. “Talks always begin, but you never know how they are going to end…”

Mesbah, whose agent is set to talk to Milan later today, rejected the opportunity to join Torino earlier this summer.

Meanwhile, Galliani was also asked for an update on the Antonio Cassano-Giampaolo Pazzini swap deal with Inter.

“I like Pazzini, I always have,” the San Siro chief noted. “Let’s see what happens.”

Cassano and EUR 7 mil for Pazzini?
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Milan may have to offer as much as €7m cash, plus Antonio Cassano, for the services of Inter’s Giampaolo Pazzini.

The two clubs are discussing a swap deal for the former Sampdoria teammates given that their careers at their current clubs have come to an end.

Pazzini has been told to find a new outfit after failing to break into the first team plans of boss Andrea Stramaccioni.

Cassano, meanwhile, has put in a transfer request and the Diavolo are ready to offload him to their Stadio Meazza rivals.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed that talks with Inter regarding the proposed switch had already begun.

Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri then added that the club would not block any move for the player who wants out of Milanello.

Cassano’s agent is set to hold talks with Inter director Marco Branca later today, while Pazzini’s representative, Tulio Tinti, has a meeting lined up with Galliani for Tuesday.

Cassano is 30, while Pazzini in 28. They both left Doria in January 2011.

Mesbah on Palermo radar
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Milan and Palermo will meet on Monday to discuss the possible transfer of Djamel Mesbah to the Rosanero.

The 27-year-old left-back is available for a move despite only joining the Diavolo in January from Lecce.

Milan had struck a deal with Torino earlier this summer for the player, but the Algerian rejected such a switch.

Milan directors Ariedo Braida and Adriano Galliani will have a business lunch with Palermo’s Giorgio Perinetti today to discuss terms.

Palermo need a new defender after they sold Italian international Federico Balzaretti to Roma.

AC Milan have Abate concern
20.8 || webmaster

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Ignazio Abate will undergo tests on Tuesday after the Milan man picked up an ankle problem in the loss to Juventus.

The right-back, replaced by Antonio Nocerino after 50 minutes in the 3-2 loss to Juventus on Sunday, twisted his right ankle during the game.

The former Torino player will have the injury assessed tomorrow morning when he and the rest of the side return to training.

Milan open their campaign with a home game against Sampdoria at the weekend.

Fulham make El Kaddouri bid
20.8 || webmaster

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After links with Juventus, Milan and Parma, Omar El Kaddouri could be playing his football this season at Fulham.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who has less than a year left on his Brescia contract, has been made available for transfer by the Lombard club.

Parma had a bid accepted for the attacking midfielder, but the player rejected the switch amidst hopes that Juve would complete a move for him.

The Stadio Tardini outfit thus ended their pursuit of the Belgium Under-21 international and the Old Lady’s interest then cooled.

Now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the player could end up in the Premiership with Fulham for a fee in the region of €3m.

Allegri on defeat to Juventus
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Coach Massimiliano Allegri believes that defensive mistakes cost Milan in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Juventus.

The Rossoneri took the lead in the annual Trofeo Berlusconi game, but were eventually beaten by the Italian champions.

“We conceded goals that we could have avoided,” the former Cagliari tactician noted to Milan Channel after the tie.

“We need to work better in the defensive department, but Cristian Zapata and Mario Yepes had never played together before.”

After given his stoppers a wake-up call, Allegri then turned his attention to the attacking department of the side. “We need to become more decisive up front as well,” he stated.

One thing that the Coach was pleased with was the performance of Riccardo Montolivo, the Bosman signing from Fiorentina.

“Montolivo knows how to play good football,” he continued. “He also did some very good things in the defensive phase.”

Allegri won't stop Cassano move
20.8 || webmaster

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Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that the club won’t block Antonio Cassano’s exit after he asked for a transfer.

The Rossoneri confirmed last night that they are in negotiations with Inter over a possible swap with Giampaolo Pazzini.

And Allegri has now made it clear that the idea to leave Milanello has come from the man who joined them from Sampdoria in January 2011.

“It’s a shame,” Allegri stated to Milan Channel after the 3-2 loss to Juventus in the Trofeo Berlusconi tie. “Antonio has been here for a year and a half.

“He did really well in his first six months where he made the difference. Then the problem with his heart stopped him.

“I think that despite the qualities of Cassano, it’s not a good idea to keep players against their will – it would not be good for Cassano or Milan.

“We need a forward who can play close to a centre-forward,” Allegri added. “Let’s see how this situation evolves.”

Pazzini also left Sampdoria in 2011, but he chose to join Inter instead. He’s been told to find a new club as Nerazzurri boss Andrea Stramaccioni doesn’t think he can play alongside Diego Milito.

Galliani confirms Cassano - Inter talks
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Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has confirmed “there are negotiations in place” with Inter for Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini.

“There are two weeks left in the market, we’ll see what happens,” said the transfer guru after tonight’s 3-2 Trofeo Berlusconi defeat to Juventus.

Cassano had been expected to play, but was not even at San Siro for the match, instead reportedly at his home in Genoa as talks gain momentum for his exchange with Inter striker Pazzini.

“We’ll talk with the President and the Coach, consider things and then make a decision,” continued Galliani.

“There are negotiations in place, there is no doubt about that, and we will see. As with all negotiations, they can conclude positively or negatively. I will not deny something is stirring. It was Cassano who requested a transfer.”

President Silvio Berlusconi was also at the match and was asked about the Cassano-Pazzini exchange.

“I know nothing about it,” he smiled.

There are conflicting reports on what the transfer involves, as some have claimed Milan would have to hand over Cassano plus €5-10m cash in order to get the younger Pazzini.

FantAntonio is eager to leave the Rossoneri after becoming frustrated at the sales of stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

Trofeo Berlusconi: AC Milan 2:3 Juventus - match report
20.8 || webmaster

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Despite a Robinho brace, Juventus beat Milan 3-2 at San Siro to lift the Trofeo Berlusconi with Alessandro Matri.

The Rossoneri lost Stephan El Shaarawy to kidney stones, Massimo Ambrosini and Philippe Mexes to injury, but most importantly Antonio Cassano. FantAntonio was not even in the stadium for this traditional pre-season friendly, fuelling rumours he’s in talks for a move to Inter.

Cristian Zapata made his debut, but fans unfurled banners that read: ‘We don’t want Borriello’ and ‘President we need a champion.’

The Bianconeri had to do without Andrea Pirlo, Gigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Martin Caceres for this match with over 30,000 fans present. Luca Marrone was again tested in central defence.

This was the 22nd edition of the Trofeo Berlusconi, but since it was between these two teams they had nine wins each. It was also Milan’s debut on the new hybrid artificial pitch at San Siro – a semi-synthetic base with real grass.

Urby Emanuelson nodded just wide in the opening minutes and a strong passing move led to the goal. Robinho burst forward through the middle and spread the play for Mathieu Flamini, whose shot from the by-line hit the upright and ricocheted into the path of the Brazilian to tap in from a yard.

The equaliser came only four minutes later, as Paolo De Ceglie got down the left and his low cross was prodded in by Claudio Marchisio at full stretch.

Emanuelson’s free kick skimmed the upright, but Mirko Vucinic unleashed a rocket that rattled the crossbar with Christian Abbiati beaten.

Juventus turned the game around completely just before the break, as Arturo Vidal sprung the offside trap thanks to a Luca Antonini error on Marrone’s long ball and kept his cool to avoid a last-gasp tackle with a dummy, depositing it past Abbiati.

Alexandre Pato made his first appearance at San Siro for six months after a series of muscular injuries, as both sides made numerous changes for the second half. Ignazio Abate limped off with a suspected sprained ankle.

Matri, who is celebrating his 28th birthday, saw a scuffed strike flapped off the line by Abbiati. At the other end Marco Storari used his feet to parry a deflected corner, while Paul Pogba was very impressive in midfield.

Abbiati rushed off his line to parry, but from the resulting corner Matri was allowed a free header from the chipped Emanuele Giaccherini cross. Matri has been heavily linked with a move to the Rossoneri – his former club – and did not celebrate.

Teenager Alberto Masi ran into the back of Robinho for a penalty, which the Brazilian got back up to powerfully convert into the top corner.

Abbiati used his foot to beat away a Matri shot at the near post, but Stephan Lichtsteiner also went off with a fitness problem. A long-range Michele Pazienza attempt was fingertipped over the bar, but Juventus secured the Trofeo Berlusconi 3-2.

Milan 2-3 Juventus

Scorers: Robinho 9, pen 77 (M), Marchisio 13 (J), Vidal 43 (J), Matri 64 (J)

Milan: Abbiati; Abate (Nocerino 50), Zapata, Yepes, Antonini (De Sciglio 46); Flamini (Traoré 63), Montolivo, Constant, Boateng (Valoti 80), Emanuelson (Pato 46), Robinho

Juventus: Storari; Barzagli (Masi 69), Marrone (Rugani 89), Lucio (Bonucci 46); De Ceglie (Ziegler 46), Padoin (Giaccherini 46), Vidal, Pogba, Marchisio (Lichtsteiner 46) (Asamoah 86); Giovinco (Quagliarella 46), Vucinic (Matri 46)

Ref: Guida

Cassano - Pazzini swap intensifies
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There are growing reports that Inter and Milan have started serious negotiations for an Antonio Cassano exchange with Giampaolo Pazzini.

The rumour had emerged over the last few days, as Pazzini is on the market and Cassano is said to be very frustrated at the transfer strategy that has seen Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva sold.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, this is turning into more than a mere summer fantasy football theory and a meeting is set for Monday.

Tomorrow the agents of the two players, Tullio Tinti and Beppe Bozzo, are due to come together along with representatives of the clubs.

This story is cranking up the tension at San Siro, where this evening Milan play Juventus in the Trofeo Berlusconi.

It would not be a straight swap, as Pazzini is worth considerably more on the market than Cassano, so Milan would have to include €10m cash as well.

The other alternative is for Inter to remove Pazzini from the equation and go for a pure cash sum to get Cassano in a Nerazzurri jersey.

This would allow them to continue talks with Napoli and Juventus for Pazzini.

Pazzini 'waiting for best option'
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Giampaolo Pazzini is linked with swap deals for Antonio Cassano or Walter Gargano, but insists “I am waiting for the best option.”

The Inter striker has been left off the squad list for the Europa League play-offs and is on the transfer market.

In the last few days newspapers have suggested a possible exchange with Milan star Cassano or Napoli midfielder Gargano, while Juventus were also interested.

“My destiny will only be decided at the end of the transfer session,” Pazzini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Ambrosini out of Trofeo Berlusconi
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Milan are without Massimo Ambrosini and Philippe Mexes for tomorrow’s Trofeo Berlusconi against Juventus.

The traditional pre-season test kicks off at San Siro at 20.00 UK time on Sunday.

Ambrosini is out due to a knock, while Mexes’ absence further fuels speculation the defender is on the market.

Robinho will debut his new No 7 shirt, left open by Alexandre Pato taking on Pippo Inzaghi’s old No 9.

AC Milan squad: 32 Abbiati, 1 Amelia, 60 Pazzagli, 20 Abate, 13 Acerbi, 77 Antonini, 25 Bonera, 2 De Sciglio, 15 Mesbah, 76 Yepes, 17 Zapata, 10 Boateng, 21 Constant, 28 Emanuelson, 16 Flamini, 18 Montolivo, 8 Nocerino, 12 Traorè, 57 Valoti, 99 Cassano, 92 El Shaarawy, 9 Pato, 7 Robinho

Pirlo and Buffon miss AC Milan
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Juventus have left behind Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon for tomorrow night’s Trofeo Berlusconi match with Milan.

The game is a traditional pre-season fixture between these two clubs at San Siro.

Pirlo was carrying a knock from the Italian Super Cup victory over Napoli last week and has not been risked for this test.

Buffon has also been left out of the squad so he can focus on continuing a separate training schedule.

Coach Antonio Conte should be in the stands with Massimo Carrera taking over again during the 10-month ban.

Juventus squad: 2 Lucio, 5 Masi, 6 Pogba, 8 Marchisio, 9 Vucinic, 11 De Ceglie, 12 Giovinco, 13 Leali, 15 Barzagli, 16 Ziegler, 18 Boakye, 19 Bonucci, 20 Padoin, 22 Asamoah, 23 Vidal, 24 Giaccherini, 25 Rugani, 26 Lichtsteiner. 27 Quagliarella, 29 Pazienza, 30 Storari, 31 Branescu, 32 Matri, 39 Marrone

Robinho changes AC Milan shirt
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Robinho has changed his shirt number with Milan for the new season, inheriting Alexandre Pato’s No 7.

The former Manchester City and Real Madrid striker had worn 70 so far in his Rossoneri career.

A statement on the club website confirmed Robinho has now taken the No 7 previously worn by Pato.

This is because Pato will be wearing the iconic No 9 following Pippo Inzaghi’s retirement.

Robinho will get his first outing in the 7 jersey on Sunday evening when Milan face Juventus in the Trofeo Berlusconi.

Allegri: 'Cassano? We'll see'
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Source: Football Italia

Massimiliano Allegri prepares Milan for tomorrow’s clash with Juventus and won’t rule out Antonio Cassano’s departure. “We’ll see what happens.”

The Rossoneri take to the field at San Siro in Sunday evening’s traditional Trofeo Berlusconi encounter, but the newspaper talk is all about their unimpressive transfer strategy.

“As President Silvio Berlusconi said, in a moment of economic difficulty for the country we made the right choice,” noted the Coach in his Press conference.

“We adapted to the situation with some targeted sales of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. We have to adapt, without losing sight of the objectives for a good side like Milan – fighting for the top three in Serie A.

“Juventus are certainly favourites for the Scudetto and a step above Inter, Roma, Napoli and Milan. Don’t forget we also have to stay within the budget for the Financial Fair Play rules, but despite all that I am satisfied with the squad.

“Ours is a project for the future, even if we hope to get results straight away. We are capable of having a good season.”

The high-profile exits have left Cassano extremely unhappy and today there were reports he could join Inter in exchange for Giampaolo Pazzini.

“Antonio is a Milan player and can do well here,” said Allegri. “There are 15 days left to the transfer deadline and we’ll see what happens. He is our player, so has to be a professional and work to give his best.

“I wanted to speak to Cassano to understand the situation, confirming to him that he is an important player who is technically gifted. I wanted him to give me the all-clear that he’s staying here voluntarily and is convinced of our project.

“We did great things for him – we helped him heal from his heart surgery, got him back to fitness and ready to play at Euro 2012. We showed all our interest in keeping him here with us.”

Among the candidates for the role of striker are Kaka, Alessandro Matri and Roma’s Marco Borriello.

“This squad is good and that is what we must work on. If then by August 31 we can bring in a striker, a midfielder and a left-back... We’ve got these players right now and I am happy, as we have the strength to challenge the biggest teams while aware of our limitations.

“Juve won’t give Matri away, as he was one of the prime figures behind the Scudetto. Borriello has already been here, then two years ago was sold to make room for Ibrahimovic, so it’s a situation that needs to be evaluated. Pazzini is a good player, but he belongs to Inter. They will decide where to send him.”

Pirlo doubt to face AC Milan
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Andrea Pirlo could miss out on Sunday’s Trofeo Berlusconi match against Milan, as the Juventus midfielder is nursing a knock.

The two clubs come face to face tomorrow evening at San Siro in the traditional pre-season friendly, which will be played on the new hybrid artificial turf.

Pirlo is at risk of missing the encounter with his former teammates, as he picked up a knock during the Italian Super Cup against Napoli last week.

It remains to be seen whether Juve will try to keep their star midfielder under wraps ahead of next weekend’s Serie A debut against Parma or hope he can run it off.

AC Milan consider Mutu?
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Adrian Mutu is said to be the latest transfer target to reinforce Milan’s attack.

The former Chelsea, Parma, Juventus and Fiorentina man is looking for a move after Cesena slipped down into Serie B.

He had been very close to a return to Romania, then was in advanced negotiations with French side Ajaccio.

However, today the Corriere dello Sport claims that Milan have prepared a bid for Mutu to join them at San Siro.

It’s not the first time the 33-year-old has been linked with the Rossoneri, but in this case would bring experience to their front line.

Other alternatives include Alessandro Matri of Juventus and Real Madrid’s Kaka, but the Brazilian is thought to be off the table after Milan confirmed they can only make a loan proposal.

Cassano - Pazzini swap?
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There are reports of a shocking exchange in the works at Milan – could Antonio Cassano join Inter in exchange for Giampaolo Pazzini?

The pair used to play together at Sampdoria and moved to opposite sides of San Siro in January 2011.

Pazzini is an outcast at Inter and has not been included in their Europa League squad, as he is not part of Coach Andrea Stramaccioni’s plans.

On the other hand, Cassano is increasingly frustrated at the lack of ambition shown by Milan after the sales of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

According to this morning’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, the two situations could come to a head with a sensational swap deal.

Cassano has never disguised the fact he supported Inter as a child and had been close to joining Massimo Moratti’s club before.

It’s claimed in the Corriere dello Sport that FantAntonio will be dropped from the starting XI in tomorrow night’s Trofeo Berlusconi against Juventus, left out in favour of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Robinho and Alexandre Pato.

Curiously, if this deal does not materialise then both Inter and Milan are looking at the same target – Roma flop Marco Borriello.

Nocerino backs 'quality' Pato
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Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino has given his backing to Alexandre Pato to prove his ability in the coming season.

Pato has been earmarked to lead the Rossoneri’s attack after the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

‘The Duck’ has also been awarded the No 9 shirt, previously worn by the legendary Pippo Inzaghi, so the upcoming season will be a test of character for the young Brazilian.

But his team-mate Nocerino has no doubts about the striker. “Nobody wants to question the quality of Pato.

“He has to stay calm and peaceful and I am convinced that this year he will score a lot of goals.”

The 22-year-old Pato has been plagued by injury in the past couple of seasons, but will need to step up for his sixth campaign with the Rossoneri.

Bendtner in 'serious' San Siro talks
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Nicklas Bendtner confirmed he is in “serious negotiations” to quit Arsenal, as Milan and Inter are in the running for the Dane.

The 24-year-old striker has long been linked with a switch to the Rossoneri and admitted his time with the Gunners is at an end.

“It is not an option to stay at Arsenal, that is something neither I nor Arsenal desire,” Bendtner told the Danish media.

“I am expecting that the club issue will be resolved before the transfer window is closed. There are serious negotiations going on.

“Have I already rejected some offers? Yes, I have. From the start, I had three requirements. In case they are not fulfilled, I have rejected them since they are not interesting at this point.”

Milan are the favourites to capture him as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, especially as they can offer Bendtner Champions League football.

Borriello set for AC Milan return?
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Just hours after he was linked with Inter, Marco Borriello is now reportedly on the verge of a return to Milan.

The Roma striker is not part of Zdenek Zeman’s plans and Juventus did not take up their option after a six-month loan spell.

Earlier today it was rumoured that Inter had shown an interest in the former Italian international, but Sky Sport Italia now claim his destination is the red and black side of San Siro.

It’s suggested that Milan will take Borriello on loan, though there are some problems still to be worked out.

Sky Sport Italia believe Roma would have to pay a percentage of his wages during the loan period and he still has some issues with a few members of the squad.

Borriello first joined Milan in 2003-04, going out on loan to Reggina, Sampdoria, Treviso and Genoa before returning from 2008 to 2010.

The centre-forward went to Roma in August 2010 with a year’s loan and compulsory €10m buy-out clause.

Inzaghi: 'Call me Mister...'
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Pippo Inzaghi started his management career at Milan’s youth academy today and reveals Carlo Ancelotti’s advice. “Call me Mister...”

The striker retired over the summer and was given a job as Coach of the Allievi section of the Rossoneri academy.

“I prefer to be called ‘Mister’ and not Pippo anymore, because now everyone calls me that,” he said referring to the Italian version of ‘Coach.’

“This morning I was very nervous and excited. In all honesty, I didn’t expect so many fans to be there for such a warm welcome.

“Among the Coaches I worked with the ones who taught me the most were Gigi Cagni and Bortolo Mutti. Ancelotti also taught me a great deal and this morning he called me at 8.30am to remind me there was a training session!”

As one of the top European hitmen of his era, Inzaghi aims to continue that approach into his management career.

“I will play with four defenders, which is the Milan dogma, and three forwards, so on paper it is a very attacking line-up.

“I saw two or three very interesting strikers in the squad, but it’s difficult to spot someone with my characteristics.

“My dream as a player was to win the Champions League. Now, as a Coach, that ambition remains the same. I want the best.”

AC Milan lose Kaka to LA Galaxy?
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Milan target Ricky Kaka could end up replacing another former Rossoneri man, David Beckham, at LA Galaxy.

The Brazilian has made it clear he’d like a return to San Siro this summer just three years after completing his switch to Real Madrid.

However, the clubs cannot agree on a price-tag and so it’s now reported by Spanish newspaper AS that America beckons.

LA Galaxy have also been linked with the 30-year-old and today AS are suggesting that this interest is as they plan for a successor to Beckham.

At 37, there is speculation that the Americans will be happy to release the Englishman at the end of his contract and it is understood that LA would like Kaka to take his place as a ‘star player’.

Kaka was reportedly well-received by fans in the States during Real Madrid’s pre-season tour.

MLS side Galaxy are prepared to offer the Brazilian €27m for a three-year contract, matching his current Real Madrid wage, and are understood to even be prepared to wait until 2013 to sign the player, if they cannot convince Los Blancos of a deal this summer.

Galatasaray are also said to be considering a loan bid for Kaka this summer, but that they would require 50 per cent of his wages to be financed by Real – something the Spaniards made clear to Milan that they’re not intent on doing.

De Sciglio in search of more Azzurri action
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Milan youngster Mattia De Sciglio is keen to make another Italy squad soon, despite not featuring against England last night.

The 19-year-old defender, who has made just five appearances for Milan, received his first international call-up for the friendly in Bern last night, and although he remained on the bench for the Azzurri's 2-1 defeat, the experience has certainly whetted his appetite.

“It was a great emotion,” De Sciglio enthused in an interview with Milan channel. “Prandelli wanted great desire, even though it was just a friendly. Us young players had the opportunity to put ourselves on display, now I am going to try and make sure that this is not my only call.”

The fullback then commented on this weekend's Trofeo Berlusconi, in which Milan will face Juventus at San Siro. “For us the Trofeo Berlusconi is not a friendly. It's an important game against an opponent who want to do well after their Super Cup victory.”

The match will kick off at 7.45 GMT on Sunday evening.

AC Milan target Lodi 'in Catania's hands'
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Francesco Lodi has effectively killed off the idea of a Milan switch by insisting Catania will decide his future.

The deep lying playmaker is reportedly of interest to the Rossoneri as they attempt to remodel their midfield following the departures of Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf and Mark Van Bommel. And although he has admitted the rumours make him proud, Neapolitan Lodi has stressed that he remains loyal to Catania, the club he owes a debt of gratitude to for signing him from lower league Frosinone and giving him a chance in Serie A.

“It's an honour to be paired with Milan,” the 28-year-old told Sky Sport Italia. “It stimulates me to do even better. But the President does what he believes is right and my future is in the hands of Catania.”

Elefanti President Antonino Pulvirenti has already described Lodi as untouchable on the transfer market.

The former Udinese man was Catania's top goal creator and scorer last season, netting nine for himself and laying on another seven.

Merkel respects 'great' AC Milan
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Milan are still a side to be respected despite their summer revolution, says former Rossonero Alexander Merkel.

The Diavolo have gone through some mass changes after a host of veteran players left at the end of their contracts, while they then decided to sell Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain.

“The side has been weakened when you consider that they have lost two fundamental elements in Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” the German told Sky Sport Italia.

“However, they still remain a great club and they’ll still be able to do well despite the absence of those two champions.”

Merkel, 22, grew up in the Milan youth ranks but is now a Genoa player after spending the last six months at San Siro.

“I would have liked to stay at Milan, but I’m now at Genoa and I’m just thinking about giving my all to this shirt.”

Nocerino believes in evolving Italy
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Antonio Nocerino felt like an “old man” in the new-look Italy side that fell to England. “We have a great future ahead of us, but also a great present.”

The Milan midfielder was one of the few veterans in the line-up that lost 2-1 in Berne last night.

“I liked the way Italy played, as we moved the ball around well with character and created many chances,” he stated.

“In the last 15 minutes we lost sharpness, probably because they are at a more advanced stage of pre-season preparations.

“I saw many strong young players and I’m very happy. We have a great future ahead of us, but also a great present.

“There are players who are not afraid and play the ball. The youth academies should be given credit for helping to develop these lads.”

Stephan El Shaarawy did not impress on his senior Italy debut, though that wasn’t entirely surprising to his Milan teammate.

“I always criticise El Shaarawy, as I know he has immense potential. He did well tonight and showed character, but I’ll give him a few ‘slaps’ anyway!

“It is the right decision to give an opportunity to the younger players, as it’s the only way to understand how ready they are.”

Nocerino also commented on the transformation of Milan’s squad with the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain.

“Some great players have left, but that happened in the past with the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Kaka. We won after that and will do again.

“Milan is Milan and remains a great club regardless of who plays. Besides, don’t forget last year they paid €3 and a fizzy drink for me, but I scored 11 goals!”

Friendlies: Pato nets Brazil brace
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Alexandre Pato scored twice in Brazil’s 3-0 demolition of Sweden, while Holland flopped again and Fabio Capello and Didier Deschamps made their debuts, according to bookmakers.

The Milan striker won the silver medal with his country at the London 2012 Olympics and was back on the pitch again last night for this prestigious friendly.

The Seleçao were dominant and opened the scoring in the first half with Leandro Damiao nodding in a Neymar assist.

Pato came off the bench to put his mark on the match, netting twice in the space of 120 seconds.

Sweden were without Pato’s former Milan teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to injury.

This was a special game in Stockholm, played in the same stadium where 54 years previously Brazil had beaten the Scandinavians 5-2 to lift the 1958 World Cup. Pele was in the stands to commemorate the occasion.

Elsewhere, Capello made his debut as manager of Russia with a 1-1 draw against the Ivory Coast. Don Fabio’s men had taken the lead through Alan Dzagoev, but were pegged back by Max Gradel 12 minutes from time.

Holland also welcomed a new Coach, Louis Van Gaal, but this ended in disappointment with a 4-2 defeat to Belgium.

Fresh from a disastrous first round exit at Euro 2012, the Oranje continued to look shaky even with captain Wesley Sneijder. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar even had the Dutch 2-1 up at one stage, but the Belgians scored three times between the 75th and 80th minute.

Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic was on target in Montenegro’s 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Argentina earned a spectacular 3-1 win in Germany, though goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler was sent off after half an hour. Leo Messi surprisingly missed the resulting penalty, but Sami Khedira’s own goal, a Messi effort and Angel Di Maria’s screamer made the result inevitable. Howedes nodded in his debut goal for Germany in the final minutes.

Ex-Juventus Coach Deschamps made his first appearance on the bench of France, earning a 0-0 draw against Uruguay.

However, there was bad news for Napoli, as Walter Gargano went off with an injury after 64 minutes.

El Shaarawy targets World Cup 2014
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Stephan El Shaarawy has his eyes on a place at the 2014 World Cup after the Milan man was named in the latest Italy squad.

The Under-21 international has been promoted to the full set-up and he’s set to win his debut alongside Mattia Destro in tonight’s international friendly against England.

“Stephan had two dreams as a kid,” agent Roberto La Florio told Radio Sportiva. “He wanted to wear the Milan shirt and that of the Italian national side. Now he’ll realise both of those.

“El Shaarawy is good friends with Destro and they have known each other for some time. Italy boss Cesare Prandelli really wants to make use of this tie so he can look at the youngsters.

“I think that those players who deserve a place in the squad will find themselves at the World Cup in Brazil.

“Usually what happens when El Shaarawy sets himself a target is that he then achieves it.”

El Shaarawy, born to an Italian mother and an Egyptian father, joined Milan last summer from Genoa and responded with four goals in 28 games.

“He did well last term for Milan and this season will be his year,” the representative added. “Let’s hope that he is a bit luckier in front of goal.”

El Shaarawy, who will be 20 in October, has played for the Italian national side from Under-16 to Under-21 level.

Matri or Borriello for AC Milan
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Milan are still deciding whether to make a bid for Juventus’ Alessandro Matri or Marco Borriello of Roma.

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani will meet with President Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday to finalise their transfer plans.

As well as discussing the return of Real Madrid’s Kaka, the two men will also decide on which new centre-forward to target after the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain.

Matri, who started his career with the Diavolo, has been linked even if the Old Lady’s asking price is thought to be in the region of €15m.

The other option is that they re-sign Borriello, a player who Roma are apparently ready to loan him for free – although his €4m wages could be a problem.

Borriello spent the last six months of the past season at Juventus, but didn’t do enough to earn a permanent switch to Turin.

Cassano set for AC Milan talks
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Antonio Cassano will have showdown talks with Milan before the end of the week that may result in his San Siro exit.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, the Italian is concerned that he is not at the centre of the tactical project being employed by boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Although the club are shy of the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his sale to Paris Saint-Germain, Allegri has high hopes for the development of Stephen El Shaarawy and the return of Alexandre Pato.

Cassano will reportedly ask for some assurances ahead of the 2012-13 campaign. Should he not be satisfied with the Diavolo’s answers then he may ask for a transfer.

Cassano has spoken of his desire to re-join Sampdoria even if the newly promoted outfit have made it clear that his name is not on their transfer wish-list.

Matuzalem to swap Lazio for AC Milan?
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Francelino Matuzalem is close to following Javier Garrido out the door at Lazio and Milan could be an option for the 32-year-old.

According to Sky Sport Italia, his advisors have had a conversation with Lazio officials and a meeting has been scheduled for 20 August to decide his future.

His agents are analysing offers from Qatar and Dubai, but it’s understood Matuzalem would prefer to stay in Italy.

As a result, his agents are working on a switch to Milan who expressed interest in the former Shakthar player. Genoa are also in the running.

Lazio finished fourth last season and before their campaign begins they will play in the qualifying round of the Europa League next week against ND Mura 05 of Slovenia.

Yepes admits Juventus are the best
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With the new season approaching Mario Yepes is under no illusions as to the task ahead for 2011 champions Milan.

The Colombian defender, who struggled with injury last term, is expected to have a greater role in Massimiliano Allegri’s side, but with less than two weeks until the first game against Sampdoria, Yepes knows the Rossoneri are one of a number of teams chasing Juventus.

“For me Juve are one step in front of the others, from what they did last year and the new players brought in since,” he told Gazzetta.tv.

“Then comes a group of good teams, but it’s still too early to say who will compete with the Bianconeri.”

Yepes made just 11 appearances in the 2011-12 campaign and 24 in total since joining from Chievo in 2010, but after a number of departures in the centre of defence, including lynchpin Thiago Silva and veteran Alessandro Nesta, the 36-year-old needs to step up.

The international also hopes moves can be made in the transfer market to help Milan claim its 19th Scudetto.

“At Milan there are many important players, also in terms of character, now we’ll see who comes by 31 August,” he added.

“We must think only to work and be ready for the debut in the League. We have worked well, winning three games out of four, it was a shame to lose to Real Madrid but right now they are stronger than us.

“The important thing is the defeat doesn’t change our attitude. It’s important we find the right harmony.

“We still have a team of experienced people that will help us make a good group for a good campaign.”

Bronzetti: 'Kaka impossible, Llorente inadvisable'
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FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti believes Milan’s chances of signing Kaka are “0.001%” and warns Juventus against buying Fernando Llorente.

The representative is often a go-between for Italian and Spanish clubs on the transfer market, particularly Real Madrid, so told Sky Sport Italia his view on the latest rumours.

“Llorente would do very well in Italy, but Spanish players have always failed in Serie A because of their mentality. I don’t understand why, but they just don’t work.

“You saw at Roma that Bojan Krkic and Jose Angel didn’t impress, while going further back Gaizka Mendieta was a flop at Lazio.

“I hope that if Juventus do get Llorente then he can do well, but if I was the President of an Italian club then I’d never sign a Spaniard. That’s not easy for me to say.

“It won’t be simple to negotiate with Athletic Bilbao, as their President is tough. Other Spanish clubs aren’t behind Llorente’s decision not to sign a new contract, as they’ve got even less money than the Italians at the moment.”

Nonetheless, Milan’s talks with Real Madrid for Kaka look doomed to failure.

“Adriano Galliani was right in saying he didn’t want to give the fans false hope,” continued Bronzetti.

“In Italy it’s impossible to pay €10m net wages. When Real Madrid absolutely have to give him away, then they might have a chance, but unfortunately right now Kaka is a prisoner of his wages.

“As of today, his chances of joining Milan are 0.001%. I know he wants to return to Milan, but I’d like to go out with Monica Bellucci – that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. There was some contact with New York Red Bulls, but he wants to stay in Europe.”

Similarly, Bronzetti warns that talks for Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra are also unlikely to go anywhere.

“He wants €6m net per season, which is impossible. I hope in a few years these wages disappear, because it’s impossible on the market like this.”

El Shaarawy 'excited' to face England
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Stephan El Shaarawy will start against England tomorrow and is “hugely excited” at his senior Italy debut.

The ‘Little Pharaoh’ has been named in Cesare Prandelli’s starting XI for the international friendly in Berne, Switzerland.

“I am hugely excited at this call-up and it will be important for me to face a prestigious side like England,” he said in a Press conference.

“I am happy to have made it to the Azzurri and I’ll use it as motivation to prove all my worth.

“My dream is to play at the 2014 World Cup. For a start my first call has arrived and I hope there will be other chances in the future.”

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sale to PSG, there should be more playing time for El Shaarawy at Milan this season.

“Some players who made the history of this club have left, but I am convinced at the end of the transfer window we’ll see a competitive Milan.

“Will Antonio Cassano leave too? I hope not, as it would be a very serious loss for the team. We’re talking about a champion who is a focal point for Milan and the Nazionale.

“Massimiliano Allegri and Prandelli are two great Coaches who know how to motivate the team and especially younger players like me.”

El Shaarawy – who has an Egyptian father and Italian mother – will partner Mattia Destro and Alessandro Diamanti in attack.

“My favourite role is cutting in from the flank. I know Destro well, as we already played together for the Under-21 side.”

AC Milan season tickets plummet
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Milan’s season ticket sales have plummeted to an all-new low after the sales of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

It has been a tense campaign and some even started a class action lawsuit against the club to have season tickets refunded after the two stars were sold to PSG.

The Rossoneri offered to refund the cost and so far only a handful of supporters have taken that step.

Nonetheless, the Diavolo have sold only 19,283 season tickets to date.

According to Tuttosport, this could well be a new record for the Silvio Berlusconi era.

Only twice before has that figure gone below 30,000 – the time when Kaka joined Real Madrid in 2009-10 for 27,865 tickets and a year later 28,754.

Cassano: 'I want 2014 World Cup'
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Antonio Cassano has laughed off reports of international retirement. “I want to continue with the Nazionale at least until the 2014 World Cup.”

The Milan forward almost had to end his career last year when he suffered an ischemic stroke and required surgery to correct the congenital heart defect.

He returned to the field in April and was able to play a major part in taking Italy to the Euro 2012 Final.

Rumours emerged this week that the 30-year-old was ready to hang up his Azzurri boots after that tournament.

“I want to continue with the Nazionale at least until the 2014 World Cup,” replied Cassano on the official Milan website.

He is not part of the Italy squad to face England on Wednesday evening, as Coach Cesare Prandelli is trying out a host of new faces in Berne.

Destro, El Shaarawy against England
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The Gazzetta dello Sport believe that Mattia Destro and Stephan El Shaarawy could be handed places in attack for Italy tomorrow.

The uncapped duo were named in Cesare Prandelli’s inexperienced squad at the end of last week and will reportedly line up alongside Alessandro Diamanti in a three-man attack. However, it is thought that there could be a third debutant in the forward-line, if the CT opts for Ezequiel Schelotto over Diamanti.

Midfield, it is believed by the Gazzetta dello Sport, will carry experience in the form of Alberto Aquilani, Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Nocerino, whilst so too will the full-back positions with Ignazio Abate and Federico Balzaretti expected to play from kick-off.

Salvatore Sirigu is speculated as wearing the gloves and overseeing a new-look centre-back pairing of Daniele Gastaldello and Angelo Ogbonna.

Prandelli yesterday described Wednesday’s game with England as an important opportunity to assess the younger players at his disposal. There are 12 uncapped players in his 22-man selection.

Probable XI to face England: Sirigu; Abate, Gastaldello, Ogbonna, Balzaretti; Aquilani, De Rossi, Nocerino; Diamanti, Destro, El Shaarawy

Braida denies Mesbah - Palermo move
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Milan director Ariedo Braida has denied reports from earlier today that the club were discussing sending Djamel Mesbah to Palermo.

The full-back joined the Rossoneri from Lecce in January of this year but has been linked with a departure this summer.

Torino are known admirers, but this morning saw Palermo emerge as potential rivals for his signature, in light of requiring a replacement for Federico Balzaretti, who they recently sold to Roma.

However, Braida has denied that any talks whatsoever have taken place for the Rossoneri’s left-sided defender.

“I cannot but deny the existence of possible interest from Palermo for Mesbah,” he told Palermo24.net.

“I cannot but deny it because there is no deal, I have never spoken to anyone about Mesbah.”

However, Rosanero director general Giorgio Perinetti was a little more forthcoming, telling Tgs that Mesbah was one of ‘several options being evaluated’.

Giuseppe Rossi would welcome AC Milan move
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Giuseppe Rossi’s agent believes the striker would welcome a move to Milan, but also says that any number of clubs will be moving for him.

The forward is currently recovering from knee ligament damage and isn’t expected to return to the field until early 2013. However, in light of his club Villarreal’s relegation from the Primera Division last season, he is still considered available on the market.

This sits in contrast to the position taken in March of this year, when the player hit out as his agent for encouraging transfer speculation and declared that he would be staying with the Yellow Submarine.

Today, his agent believes that it won’t take long for the player to complete a move to a new club and that it is likely to be sorted in the coming fortnight.

“The change of direction was a natural reaction to Villarreal’s relegation,” Federico Pastorello explained to Sky Sport 24.

“The interest in Giuseppe is equal to that of the other players, even if there is the handicap of his injury that will keep him out of the rest of 2012.

“If he were fit, he would probably have already been sold. I’m not worried about this situation because I know that the market for Giuseppe will probably begin in the final stage of the summer.

“Rossi is currently engaged in rehabilitation, whilst there is always the support from the Roig family and we are relaxed because they have budgeted this year for Giuseppe’s contract.

“But, I’m also aware that if an intelligent offer arrives then Rossi’s desire will be taken into account.”

Pastorello was asked where Rossi would likely end up for 2012-13.

“Technically, any team in Italy could sign him. Milan for their squad, Inter for the rejuvenation and issue relating to Giampaolo Pazzini’s position and Juventus for their search for a top striker…

“The identikit of Giuseppe Rossi is suitable for all three of the big teams, not to mention Roma, Napolo and Lazio, but I think they are complete.

“Has there been contact with Milan? I do not know, but maybe with Milan having bought Cristian Zapata the might have been a discussion between the clubs.

“We can classify it as a hypothesis, whilst if Milan were interested then there would be no doubt that it would please Rossi. The availability to Milan of the boy would be total.

“I think there will be some movement for Rossi, and not only from Italian clubs, having also seen him play for Manchester United and explode at Villarreal. But, he would be perfectly happy to play in Serie A.

“I feel that his transfer could be sorted late in the summer market and then by the end of January he should be available and could make the second half of the season.”

Mexes available but no offers
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Philippe Mexes is reportedly available on the transfer market for interested parties, but Milan are understood to have not received any offers.

The Frenchman was linked this weekend with involvement in a potential swap deal between the Rossoneri and Arsenal, for striker Nicklas Bendtner.

France Coach Didier Deschamps has commented that the centre-back ‘might leave’ the San Siro side this summer, whilst former club Roma have also been paired with a possible move.

However, the Gazzetta dello Sport are running the line this morning that the Rossoneri have yet to receive any offers for the 30-year-old, but that they would be willing to listen.

Mexes joined Milan on a Bosman deal last summer, but struggled in his first year at the club and only made 14 League appearances.

The defender, who was rumoured at one stage last term to have fallen out with Coach Massimiliano Allegri, has reportedly trained by himself this morning, after a ‘heated argument’ with a teammate.

Palermo tracking Mesbah
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Palermo have emerged as the latest interested party in Milan’s full-back Djamel Mesbah, with a deal rumoured to discussed today.

Mesbah moved to the Rossoneri midway through last season but appears to be surplus to first-team demands for 2012-13 and has otherwise been expected to complete a move to Torino.

However, the former Lecce man is being linked with a switch back south, with the Rosanero reportedly set to meet with Milan officials today to discuss a deal.

Palermo are in the market for a full-back after selling Federico Balzaretti to Roma last week.

AC Milan still talk Kaka alternatives
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Milan have made early moves for both Marco Borriello and Alessandro Matri in anticipation of missing out on Ricky Kaka.

The Rossoneri want to be reunited with Kaka and negotiations with Real Madrid have turned into a summer-long saga that show no signs of concluding.

As a result, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has reportedly made tentative approaches for Borriello and Matri.

Kaka remains Milan’s preferred option but bringing him back to Italy depends on Real’s pursuit of Luka Modric – another deal that could take weeks to progress.

Galliani has repotedly struck a financial agreement with Kaka as the Brazilian is happy to reduce his wages to facilitate a return to Milan but Real won’t discuss a loan deal until Modric has been signed.

Borriello, who has also played for Milan in the past, has emerged as a viable alternative to Kaka.

The striker is transfer-listed at Roma after a disappointing spell on loan with Juventus last season, but Milan believe that they can get the best out of the 30-year-old that left them in 2010. A swap deal with Antonio Cassano has already apparently been rejected by Roma but they would be open to loaning Borriello out.

Matri is the second option if Milan cannot sign Kaka. However, Juve would be reluctant to let him join their rivals despite Matri’s difficulties in breaking into the Bianconeri team towards the end of last season.

Milan’s faint hopes of landing Matri depend on Juve bringing in another striker, whilst it is understood that initial talks with the Turin side have seen a disagreement over the structure of a deal, with the Rossoneri pushing for a loan only.

Zapata: 'I am worthy of AC Milan'
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Cristian Zapata was a surprise addition to the Milan squad, but insists “being Thiago Silva’s heir does not weigh on me.”

The former Udinese defender was brought in from Villarreal on a season-long loan deal.

“I accepted Milan because they are a great side who always fight to win,” said the Colombian in today’s Press conference.

The Rossoneri have sold Thiago Silva to PSG and released Alessandro Nesta at the end of his contract.

“Being Thiago Silva’s ‘heir’ does not weigh on me. I’m not remotely frightened of the pressure that comes with that. I’m here to prove I am worthy of Milan.

“I realise Milan have lost two of the best centre-backs in the world, but I know I’m a good player and if I work hard then I can do well.

“I still haven’t spoken to Mario Yepes, as he is on international duty, but I already partnered him in defence for Colombia and hope to do the same here.

“I am a centre-back, but if it’s needed then I can also play on the right. I struggled at Villarreal because it was a whole new League and they immediately put me on the right, so I struggled to adapt.

“I played for six years in Italy and I’m happy to be back ‘home.’ The transfer all happened very quickly. As soon as I knew Milan were interested, I couldn’t wait to start training at Milanello.”

AC Milan swap Mexes for Bendtner?
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Philippe Mexes could be heading to Arsenal in exchange for Nicklas Bendtner after France Coach Didier Deschamps said he might “leave Milan.”

The defender has dealt with injuries and poor form over the past year, while there doesn’t seem to be much trust in him after the Rossoneri lost Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta.

“I know Philippe well and he is part of the wider France squad,” said Deschamps.

“What is happening to him? I don’t know if he will leave Milan, as there is a particular situation going on with his club.”

Mexes flew out with the Milan side for the US tour on July 27 and returned on August 3 to be with his wife as she gave birth to their daughter. Ever since then, he has been training alone at Milanello.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Mexes could be used as part-exchange for Arsenal striker Bendtner.

The Danish international fits the bill of old-style centre-forward that the Rossoneri are looking for.

Milan would also be content to release Mexes, as he was signed from Roma on a free contract and has a very expensive contract worth €4.5m per season over three years.

Acerbi, De Sciglio, El Shaarawy get Azzurri call
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Francesco Acerbi, Manolo Gabbiadini and Mattea De Sciglio are the notable inclusions in Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad to face England.

The Azzurri will meet up and train next Monday ahead of travelling to Bern in Switzerland for a rematch of Euro 2012’s quarter-final with Roy Hodgson’s men. The game is scheduled to be played on the evening of Wednesday August 15.

Milan duo Acerbi and De Sciglio are the surprise inclusions, whilst Atalanta’s young striker Gabbiadini has also been handed a call-up. The Orobici's in-demand full-back Federico Peluso has also been called in.

Due to the Italian Super Cup there are no Juventus or Napoli players named in this selection.

Italy squad to play England

Goalkeepers: Andrea Consigli (Atalanta), Mattia Perin (Pescara), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain)

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Francesco Acerbi (Milan), Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Roma), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria), Angelo Obinze Ogbonna (Torino), Federico Peluso (Atalanta)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Antonio Nocerino (Milan), Andrea Poli (Sampdoria), Ezequiel Schelotto (Atalanta), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain)

Attackers: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Mattia Destro (Roma), Stephan El Sharawy (Milan), Manolo Gabbiadini (Atalanta).

Real Madrid not responding over Kaka
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Reports indicate that whilst Ricky Kaka has lowered his wage demands to facilitate a return to Milan, Real Madrid are not budging on their request.

Los Blancos President Florentino Perez is understood to have informed Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani last week that the Spaniards are not prepared to accept the Rossoneri’s offer of a free loan to back the player.

This stance prompted Galliani to publicly declare any move for the former No 22 as ‘almost impossible’, but hope now comes with the Gazzetta dello Sport running the line that the player has relented in his ‘very high’ wage demands.

However, where progress has been made with the player, it is understood that Real are still not budging on their position.

Ambrosini: 'We are nervous'
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Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini has admitted that his teammates are nervous going into the new season off the back of a heavy pre-season defeat to Real Madrid.

Los Blancos hit five past the Rossoneri this week, much to the frustration of Massimiliano Allegri and Adriano Galliani and Ambrosini admits that it is taking its toll on the much-changed outfit.

“We are sad because it was a bad impression, so it is normal to be nervous after a defeat like that,” the veteran told Milannews.it upon the team’s return to Italy today.

“It must be said that we’ve also played a team much stronger than us. This season, teams like Real are not at the same level as Milan, we are aware that we are one or two steps below these big clubs.

“At present, however, it is important for us to find the right spirit that this team will then have all season.

“This team is aware that times have changed because we have lost so many important players. This pre-season has helped us capture a greater awareness of this.

“I don’t know what the club are planning next in the market but they are right to focus on create the right atmosphere.

“The season is long, the results on the field will tell if this team has managed to become more of a team. We really want to start the season.”

“Kaka? I hope he didn’t change his mind after what he saw. Seriously, Ricardo would be welcome, he is a good player who could lend a hand, let’s see what happens.”

Galliani furious with Allegri
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The Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting a furious outburst from Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani placing the blame for defeat to Real Madrid at Max Allegri’s door.

The Rossoneri were humbled 5-1 by Jose Mourinho’s team this week in a heavily one-sided affair. Allegri suggested post-match that concentration was the difference, but Galliani reportedly thinks otherwise.

“When you play against Real Madrid you should not think it is just a friendly,” he was reported as saying by the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We’re in New York, in front of 60,000 people, a full stadium, all eyes on him, millions of eyes connected via the TV. Milan is not playing at a Serie D side.”

Galliani was apparently infuriated by Allegri’s decision to make nine substitutions in the second half at the Yankee Stadium, even though Mourinho made 11 changes himself.

“Mourinho has made as many changes? But have you seen Real? Kaka, Higuain, Arbeloa. As many changes were not made.

“It was a serious mistake and I will not tolerate these figures. I’m pissed off.”

Milan are scheduled for one more pre-season friendly, the Trofeo Luigi Berlusconi on August 19, before they begin the Serie A season at home to Sampdoria on August 26.

Boateng: AC Milan must support Allegri
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Kevin Prince Boateng has given his backing to Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri despite a summer at the club that has seen significant changes take place.

Not only have the 2007 Champions League winners lost veterans like Alessandro Nesta and Clarence Seedorf in a sweeping exodus, but they also sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain.

Boateng, who has inherited the No 10 shirt following the departure of Seedorf to Botafogo, reflected on the activity at San Siro.

“It’s true, our team has changed, it has become younger,” the Ghanaian midfielder told Milan Channel.

“Before, there were great, established champions here, and now we have the task of showing the Coach that we’re here to accomplish things.”

“For him, too, it’s an occasion to create something important and we must follow him.”

Cesare Maldini unimpressed by Zapata
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Former Milan player and Coach Cesare Maldini has been left less than impressed by his old club’s move for Cristian Zapata.

The Colombian completed a quick loan move back to Italy yesterday by joining the Rossoneri from newly-relegated Villarreal in Spain.

As a non-EU national, the former Udinese player has taken up the squad’s final allocated spot, ruling out future moves this summer for other non-EU nationals such as Carlos Tevez, Leandro Damaio and Edin Dzeko.

Beyond this point though, Maldini, who made almost 350 appearances for the Diavolo before taking to the bench in two separate spells at San Siro, is struggling to understand the transfer’s merits.

“I did not expect the arrival of Zapata. We’ll evaluate how he is physically, but I certainly expected something better,” the 80-year-old declared this week.

“I remember in Udine he did very well, but at Villarreal he has not done very well and he has had an injury.

“But, clearly Milan will have followed the player and considered him fully recovered. I think he is still not exactly a central defender, but inevitably will have some kind of reception from fans after the departure of Thiago Silva.

“The Brazilian is a phenomenal player that I believe could have had a long career with the Rossoneri like Franco Baresi or Paolo Maldini.

“I believe we need a high level player in defence.”

Kaka deal 'almost impossible'
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Milan’s hopes of re-signing Ricky Kaka from Real Madrid this summer look to be slimming, as Adriano Galliani admits it is ‘almost impossible’.

The Rossoneri have expressed an interest in bringing the 30-year-old playmaker back to San Siro, after three years in Spain, and Vice-President Galliani held talks this week with Real President Florentino Perez.

However, reports have since suggested that the two clubs are after different things from the transfer, with Milan keen for an initial loan deal and Madrid only for a sale. Meanwhile, Kaka’s reputed €10m-a-year wage demands are also believed to have affected negotiations.

Asked of the transfer’s progress after watching Kaka inspire Real to a 5-1 win over Milan in a pre-season game last night, Galliani was less than enthusiastic.

“The operation for Kaka is objectively very, very difficult,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“It is almost impossible. Costs are high, salaries are very high.”

Meanwhile, the Brazilian’s Coach Jose Mourinho again stated his happiness if the player should end up staying with Los Blancos for next term.

“I’m happy if Kaka stays and am happy if he wants to go. In football it is important that players play where they want to.

“He is better prepared to compete at the highest levels. If he wants to stay then perfect. If he leaves then perfect, but we do not want to give him away for free.

“If Milan want him, they will have to pay for him.”

Allegri warns AC Milan
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Massimiliano Allegri saw his Milan side close their pre-season tour of America with a heavy defeat to Real Madrid, prompting a warning.

The Rossoneri were hit for five by a Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricky Kaka-inspired Real in New York’s Yankee Stadium last night and Allegri suggested that it serve as a lesson to his players to maintain concentration or suffer the consequences.

“We close the US tour with a heavy defeat, but with the knowledge that we have worked well for the future,” reflected the tactician to reporters after the game.

“Real are a well-oiled squad with lots of quality, but this beating should help us understand to play every game in the right manner. We must emerge with the desire to do well.

“We did pretty well in the first half, when we managed to create something more than in the second period.

“But, you must have concentration and desire, because when you don’t you risk taking on board a thrashing like this.”

Friendly: Real Madrid 5:1 AC Milan - match report
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Real Madrid thrashed Milan 5-1 in New York yesterday, ending Massimiliano Allegri’s winning streak in pre-season.

The Rossoneri had won their previous three matches in preparation for the new season, but in facing Jose Mourinho’s Spanish champions at the Yankee Stadium in New York, were hit for five.

Real took the lead through Angel Di Maria before Robinho soon drew the Italians level with a neat interchange with Antonio Nocerino and Antonio Cassano.

However, after that it was a game influenced first by Cristiano Ronaldo and then by Milan transfer target Ricky Kaka. Ronaldo scored two himself before receiving a standing ovation, whilst Kaka, in just under half an hour as a second-half substitute, set up Real’s final two goals.

Real Madrid 5-1 AC Milan

Di Maria 24 (R), Robinho 33 (M), Ronaldo 49, 66 (R), Ramos 81 (R), Callejon 89 (R)

Real Madrid: Casillas (Fernandez Collado 85); Fernandez (Arbeloa 46), Pepe (Albiol 70), Varano (Sergio Ramos 46), Coentrao (Sahin 74); Khedira (Xabi Alonso 46), Diarra (Granero 70); Di Maria (Callejon 62), Ozil (Kaka 62), Cristiano Ronaldo (Morata 80); Benzema (Higuain 46)

Milan: Abbiati (Amelia 46); Abate (De Sciglio 46), Bonera, Acerbi (Yepes 46), Antonini (Mesbah 46); Flamini (Constant 59), Ambrosini (Traore 69), Nocerino (Valoti 76); Boateng (Emanuelson 59), Cassano (El Shaarawy 46), Robinho

Referee: Marrufo (USA)

Friendly: Real Madrid 5:1 AC Milan - highlights/goals
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OFFICIAL: Cristian Zapata sings for AC Milan
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Villarreal have confirmed that Colombian defender Cristian Zapata has left them to join Milan on a reported season long loan deal.

Reports broke this afternoon that the former Udinese stopper was in Milan undergoing a medical ahead of agreeing an initial loan to return to Italian football.

Villarreal, who were relegated this summer and have reportedly agreed with the Rossoneri an option for the Italians to then sign the defender next year on a permanent basis, have confirmed his departure.

“Villarreal and Milan have reached an agreement to transfer footballer Cristian Zapata for this season,” read a brief statement on the Yellow Submarine’s website.

“Thus, the Colombian defender, 25, who arrived last season at the club from Udinese, will return to play in Italian football with the Rossoneri.”

Since selling Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain for €42m earlier this summer, Milan had been trying to negotiate a deal with Montpellier for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, but have seen talks stall in recent days.

AC Milan set to seal Zapata
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AC Milan are reportedly on the verge of completing a deal for Colombian defender Cristian Zapata, with the player already in Italy undergoing a medical.

Zapata left Italian football a year ago to sign for Spanish Primera Division side Villarreal, but endured a difficult season with the Yellow Submarine that ultimately ended with their relegation.

The defender is one of several members of the squad thought available on the transfer market this summer as a result, and it looks like Milan have stolen a march on everyone else.

Zapata is, according to Sky Sport Italia, already in Milan undergoing his medical ahead of agreeing to a move to the Serie A runners-up.

The deal is believed to be an initial one-year loan switch, with the Rossoneri also having an option inserted to buy the player on a permanent basis next summer. Exact figures in the transfer are yet to be released.

Cassano - Borriello to swap?
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Reports this afternoon suggest that Roma and Milan are interested in swapping Marco Borriello and Antonio Cassano.

The Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the two clubs are considering the option. Former Milan man Borriello has returned to the Giallorossi this summer after a six-month loan spell with Juventus and is known to be on the lookout for a new club.

Meanwhile, Cassano has also been linked with a departure out of Milanello, with former club Sampdoria more than once taking questions on links with the No 99.

Sporting director Walter Sabatini admitted to the media today that he has also been offered Cassano, but moved to suggest it may not have been an entirely official action.

“I received a phone call about Cassano yes,” reflected Sabatini today.

“But I would not call it an offer from Milan. A small draft in the market, yes, probably from a third party. Our priority is a central defender.”

Flamini understands Van Persie dilemma
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Mathieu Flamini sympathises with Robin Van Persie’s contract situation at Arsenal and advises his former teammate to take the best option for himself.

Van Persie is being heavily linked with a transfer this summer, with Manchester City and Juventus said to be the forerunners for his signature, after the Dutchman’s admittance that he would not be extending his Arsenal deal beyond next summer.

Flamini, who left the Gunners on a Bosman deal in 2008 to sign for Milan, believes that Van Persie must make the right decision for his career.

“He has a very complicated situation because he has to make a very important decision,” the French midfielder told Goal.com.

“He's a good friend of mine and I'm sure whatever he decides will be best for him and his family. I will support him in whatever he decides.

“Listen, it's important for him to be happy. Whatever choice he makes will be the best decision for him.”

Flamini signed a new one-year extension at Milan this summer and is optimistic that the club can advance forwards, despite a number of notable departures in the market.

“Milan are one of the biggest teams in the world. They are a club that have won everything and they will always be a huge club.

“It is going to be an important year for Milan and everyone wants to prove that we have the quality at the top level.

“I think it's very simple - If you play for Milan, you want to win everything. Juventus won the League going undefeated, we want to win it back.

“Everything is possible, especially when you see Chelsea winning the Champions League despite not finishing in the top three in their League.

“Allegri is very confident too. Of course, we lost two huge champions. Zlatan and Thiago are key players. But I am sure we have enough quality on this team to perform and to do well.

“We have enough quality to play for every cup. Starting with Serie A and the Champions League. Milan are a big team with big players. We have enough quality to play for every cup.”

AC Milan close in on Niang
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Milan are reportedly close to completing a deal with Caen for their young French striker M’baye Niang.

The 17-year-old has been linked this summer with a move to the Italian Serie A runners-up, as they look to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack.

Capped to Under-21 level by France, Niang, who is described as similar in characteristics to Thierry Henry, recently admitted to having visited the Rossoneri’s training facilities at Milanello.

Subsequently, reports this morning suggest that Milan and Ligue 2 outfit Caen are close to an agreement for the player.

It is believed that Il Diavolo do not value the player at the €5m-asking price Caen have set, and are instead offering an initial loan deal for the forward, with an option then inserted to make the switch permanent over the next year.

There is rumoured to be competition still in the market for Niang, with English sides Manchester City and Arsenal both said to be tracking the youngster too, with the Gunners having reportedly already had him train with them before.

Meanwhile, the Gazzetta dello Sport are running the line that the Rossoneri will certainly capture full-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier, either through a transfer agreement this summer, or on a free next summer when his contract expires.

Dzeko waiting on future
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Milan and Juventus target Edin Dzeko has conceded that his future at Manchester City depends on whether the big-spending club sign another striker.

City are trying to buy Arsenal’s Robin van Persie which would relegate Dzeko even further down the pecking order, possibly making him available for a move for Italy.

The Bosnian striker, speaking after City’s friendly with his former club Wolfsburg, admitted that he remains unsure.

“At the moment I am a Manchester City player but we must wait until the end of the month to see if van Persie or anybody else arrives,” he told reporters.

Dzeko, who was heavily linked to Milan before he finalised a move to City, continued by referring to the gap left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in the Rossoneri’s team.

“I know that Milan have sold two great players – I follow your League and I’d like to play there someday.”

It was reported that Milan have already made a move for Dzeko as Ibrahimovic’s replacement but their loan bid was rejected.

AC Milan face battle for Papadopoulos
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Milan are interested in Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos but face stiff competition from Real Madrid and Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Greek central defender has become one of Europe’s hottest young prospects and, according to German paper Bild, fits the bill for Milan, who are still searching the transfer market to replace Thiago Silva.

The Rossoneri’s pursuit of 20-year-old Papadopoulos, however, could be derailed by the financial advantage that both Real and Anzhi will have.

Bild are reporting that oil-rich Russian club Anzhi are preparing a €10m offer and should Real be able to match that, then Milan would almost certainly be out of the race.

Schalke aren’t prepared to give up Papadopoulos without a fight and he could yet remain in Germany for another season because his contract runs until 2015.

Milan have been linked with a host of defenders since Thiago Silva left – most prominently Montpellier’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Kaka deal proving expensive
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Reports in Italy suggest that Milan are struggling to negotiate a deal with Real Madrid due to two economic barriers.

The Rossoneri’s Adriano Galliani was understood to be meeting with Real Madrid’s President Florentino Perez yesterday to discuss possible terms of the Brazilian’s return to San Siro.

However, reports today suggest that this meeting has been put back to Wednesday amid rising doubts over whether the two parties are able to reach common ground.

Galliani is believed to be pushing for a loan move, which the Spanish are increasingly reluctant to agree to. The player’s wage demands are also still thought to be immovable.

Palermo - AC Milan friendly canceled
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Milan have pulled out of the planned friendly in Palermo on August 12 due to “scheduling problems.”

The prestigious encounter at the Stadio Barbera had been announced only last week.

However, this evening it was confirmed the Rossoneri have had to cancel due to “scheduling problems.”

Palermo are trying to organise another opponent for the same date, otherwise they will have to refund the tickets already sold.

Gazprom rule out AC Milan deal
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Gazprom have officially denied growing rumours they are prepared to invest €180m into Milan. “This story does not correspond with reality.”

The reports had already emerged over the last few days and spread to Spanish newspaper As this morning.

They were fuelled by Rossoneri patron Silvio Berlusconi’s alleged trip to Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin, who has control over the state-run natural gas company.

“The story that Gazprom will be sponsors or co-owners of AC Milan does not correspond with reality,” announced spokesman Serghei Kuprianov.

It was considered entirely plausible, as Gazprom already have shares in Zenit, Schalke 04 and Red Star Belgrade.

El Shaarawy: 'Heavy-handed Ibrahimovic'
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Stephan El Shaarawy is looking forward to leading the new Milan and admits Zlatan Ibrahimovic “was a little heavy-handed” in the locker room with his teammates.

The ‘Little Pharaoh’ is going to be given more of a role at San Siro after Ibra was sold to PSG.

“I like Massimiliano Allegri, as he gives me space and says I need to improve, which is true,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Last year people said he didn’t have faith in me, but in the end I did make 28 appearances. I am satisfied with the opportunities I had. I could’ve scored more than four goals, but that’s fine and I know that I have to work as hard as possible.”

Ibrahimovic took on the teacher role of sorts for El Shaarawy, often spotted shouting at him during games.

“I know, he never wants anyone to make a mistake and at times was a little heavy-handed, but he was doing it to motivate me and keep me fired up. Besides, he did it with everyone, not just me.

“Let’s say Ibra was an important presence on the field and in the locker room... Nobody wants to even lose the training games between ranks here, as it’s a battle every day.

“We won many games without Ibrahimovic, you know. We are a team and not a bad one. We’ve got less quality without him and Thiago Silva, but there will be more responsibility on everyone’s shoulders and we can build here. I am optimistic.”

Milan have shown their interest in Kaka and should hold negotiations with Real Madrid over the next few days.

“I’d love to know Kaka and learn from him, as I’ve heard he is a great man. Naturally, he’s also an incredible player,” added El Shaarawy.

“Of my current teammates, I get on really well with Antonio Cassano, as he always sends you clear in front of goal. Robinho is technically very gifted, though he makes a few mistakes in front of goal.”

Finally, the Italian-Egyptian revealed why he keeps his trademark mohawk hairstyle.

“Ibra and Cassano threatened to cut it off a few times, but never got scissors in their hands. The girls really like it, so I keep it...”

Niang 'interested' in AC Milan move
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Caen teen M’Baye Niang visited the AC Milan's headquarters. “I am really interested.”

The Rossoneri had targeted Yanga-Mbiwa as the reinforcement for a defence that has lost Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta this summer, but Montpellier rejected the €6m offer.

Instead, L’Equipe claims Caen’s 18-year-old Niang has already visited the Milan training ground for a tour on Friday.

“I was so impressed, it’s magnificent,” he said of Milanello.

“I am really interested in Milan.”

The Under-21 France international, who originates from Senegal, has a contract until 2014 and an offer is expected by the end of the day.

AC Milan to talk Kaka today
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Milan’s Vice-President Adriano Galliani will reportedly open official negotiations with Real Madrid later today for the transfer of Ricky Kaka.

The Brazilian playmaker has been linked with a return to San Siro this summer after reportedly being told by Jose Mourinho that he has no future with Los Blancos.

Whilst Mourinho has since back-tracked slightly on that stance, Kaka remains heavily linked with a departure, with Milan the most public so far in their confirmed interest in the 30-year-old.

Last week saw director Galliani fly out to America, where Real Madrid are on pre-season, in anticipation of meeting with their President Florentino Perez.

Talks with Perez are expected to begin today, ahead of Milan’s friendly against the Spanish champions tomorrow.

Initial speculation has Galliani interested in an initial loan deal and Perez unwilling to sacrifice the player for a low fee. Kaka’s wage demands of a reported €10m a year are believed to be the real sticking point.

Yanga-Mbiwa maintains AC Milan hope
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Montpellier full-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is still hopeful that his club can come to an agreement with Milan for his transfer.

The 23-year-old has been the subject of recent interest from the Rossoneri, but in light of the Italians’ failure to agree a deal, the France Under-21 man’s move appears to have collapsed.

However, it has not stopped the player from maintaining hope that something can be agreed before the close of the summer market.

“I know there is interest from Milan and it cannot but make me happy,” the player told Tuttomercatoweb.com this week.

“Milan are a great team, one of the best in the world. It is normal for them to face resistence from Montpellier, I am their captain and the team’s symbol.

“But I hope that they can find a deal, Milan is a great team, how do you say no?

“Would I renew my contract with Montpellier instead? That is possible too, just as it is not.

“Definitely to play for Milan would be a great opportunity, so we are waiting. But, I won’t rule out a renewal of the contract. Let’s see...”

Allegri: Are we disadvantaged?
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Massimiliano Allegri has warned not to write off his Milan side in the 2012-13 title race, despite the apparent state of the squad.

It has been a so-far disruptive summer for the Rossoneri, with a number of experienced players leaving early on and then Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both being sold to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Allegri believes that it doesn’t mean his side won’t be pushing for the title come next May.

“Are we disadvantaged? I remember one summer ago it seemed that we were to dominate the League or that only Inter could possibly catch us,” reflected the tactician in the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Instead it was Juventus, they were the ones we were running after and they ended the season unbeaten, so...”

Astori agent warns AC Milan and Juventus
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Davide Astori’s agent has warned Milan and Juventus must face a potential €8m price-tag if they are to prise him from Cagliari.

“The newspapers talk about him as if he is a transfer target for the big clubs, but he is one of Cagliari’s most representative players,” Renzo Contratto told TeleRadioStereo.

“Even if President Massimo Cellino is willing to sell, it would take a considerable economic sacrifice to sign him, especially as he has fully shown his quality.

“I would therefore rule out a loan, even a paid one with option to buy. If he were to leave, it would take the right offer.

“Milan? They are looking for defenders and Astori could suit their needs, even though I don’t believe there are any negotiations going on right now.”

AC Milan's Dzeko loan bid rejected
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Milan’s attempt to take Edin Dzeko on loan has faltered, as Manchester City want only a €31.5m permanent deal, it’s reported.

According to Goal.com, the Rossoneri have made a bid to get in front of Juventus in the race for the unsettled striker.

Both Italian sides have been tracking the player ever since he was at Wolfsburg.

However, their offer to take Dzeko on loan with option to buy has not impressed Roberto Mancini and his club.

City paid £27m for the Bosnian centre-forward in 2011, so are determined to make back at least most of their money.

It is reported Manchester City have slapped a price-tag of £25m - €31.5m – on Dzeko.

Milan’s attempt to get him on the cheap is leaving the door wide open for Juventus to step in.

As Football Italia already reported, Dzeko is part of a potential transfer merry-go-round with Robin Van Persie and Alessandro Matri.

Allegri: 'Fascinating AC Milan challenge'
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Massimiliano Allegri already said this would be ‘Year Zero’ for Milan, as “it’s the start of a fascinating challenge. Kaka? He can play in front of the defence!”

The Rossoneri are forced to adapt after seeing stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso leave the club this summer.

“It is a special year, different from my first two,” the Coach told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“In a way it’s more exciting, as this is a team we want to see grow before our eyes. I can promise we’ll be appreciated and we’ll improve. It’ll be the start of a fascinating challenge.

“Our first objective is to remain among the top three in Italy and therefore qualify for the Champions League. In Europe our target is to get past the group phase, hopefully reaching the quarter-finals.”

Fans were furious at the depletion of the squad with Ibra and Thiago Silva sold to PSG just weeks after they were confirmed to stay at San Siro.

“It’s pointless looking back now,” sighed Allegri. “We will change our way of playing and look ahead. We all have more responsibility on our shoulders now. I do think the team will be reinforced, as a couple of players will arrive this summer.”

The big name on the horizon is Kaka, who could return just three years after his huge transfer to Real Madrid, but where will he fit into the tactics?

“Kaka? He can play in front of the defence, of course!” joked Allegri.

The US tour has been a success so far with back-to-back wins over Schalke, Chelsea and CD Olimpia.

“The team is working well, we’re not at the top of our game, but it’s not important to be there now. I am satisfied with the lads, their intensity, the way they are set out and approach football. We allowed little or nothing to Chelsea, the champions of Europe.

“This is a fundamental year for Alexandre Pato and Kevin-Prince Boateng. They have to take the definitive step up in quality and having more responsibility will be good for both of them.”

It will be tough to replace their top scorer, but Allegri has a plan for the post-Ibrahimovic era.

“Ibra makes the play very centralised, whereas now the football will be distributed in a different way,” explained the Coach.

“At the end of last season we had too many injuries and lost Thiago, while the Champions League elimination was a psychological blow. But that doesn’t mean we should’ve lost the Scudetto.

“Are Juventus set to dominate? Last year the papers said we were going to dominate, that it was a battle between Milan and Inter. Yet Juve emerged unbeaten, so, who knows?

“I think this’ll be a more balanced campaign, as Roma have improved, Napoli no longer have to worry about the Champions League and Andrea Stramaccioni has been doing good work with Inter.

“Juve are the favourites and made some good buys, but you never know.”

Among the players who left this summer, Gattuso was very critical of Allegri’s leadership skills and claimed there was “chaos” in the locker room.

“The rules were never destroyed,” assured the Coach. “In every locker room there are moments of tension, but it’s not as if in the Scudetto season we were all hugs and kisses. There are characters you need to be kind with and others who need to be thumped.”

Gazprom to invest in AC Milan?
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly in talks with club President Silvio Berlusconi over the possibility of Gazprom investing in Milan.

Berlusconi, who is also the former Prime Minister of Italy and a good friend of Putin’s, spoke to Milan Channel last week and for the first time ever admitted that the club is open to foreign investors.

“Foreign investors? The doors are open for anyone who wants to help our squad. We have Milan in our hearts and we’re thinking about what’s best for Milan.”

The statement is timely, some might say, since Milan recently cleared their debt by selling superstars Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG, thus making the club’s finances more attractive for investors.

“Our finances will be in order for the next three to four years”, Berlusconi told Milan Channel.

This weekend, Berlusconi reportedly traveled to Russia to pay Putin a visit. The purpose of the trip is said to be a non-political matter and the stay will last for four days, with Berlusconi returning to Italy today.

It’s speculated that the two Presidents have had serious discussions about Putin investing in Milan through government-run company Gazprom.

The natural gas provider is currently the main sponsor of German club Schalke 04, Luciano Spalletti’s Zenit St Petersburg and Serbian side Red Star Belgrade.

Rumors have been floating around for quite some time that Putin would be interested in putting money into Milan, something the club now seems open to.

Mourinho to ruin Kaka comeback?
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In New York for a friendly against Real Madrid on Wednesday, Adriano Galliani will speak to Real Madrid about bringing Kaka back to Milan with him, but Jose Mourinho could ruin the deal.

The Italians have already had several meetings discussing the now 30-year old Brazilian playmaker without being able to agree on a fee. Vice-President Galliani listed the wages of the player as the biggest obstacle, while leaving hope for Milan fans by stating “he is part of our history.”

Now it seems another hitch has hit the deal, as Real Madrid Coach Mourinho, who previously stated that “anything can happen” regarding the Brazilian, now seems to demand a big say in the deal taking Kaka to Milan.

According to reports from Italy, it is said that Mourinho is constantly calling President Florentino Perez, telling him not to let his friendship with Galliani make him lower his demands and agree a deal that won’t benefit the Spanish club.

Kaka, who left Milan in 2009, is however said to be keen on a return to Milan and has already agreed economic terms with his former club, reports are suggesting.

Though Mourinho may affect the opinion of his President, the final decision still lies in the hands of Perez and the situation is looking to hit the final stretch when the heads of the two powerhouses meet on Monday or Tuesday.

Mancini on Dzeko and RVP
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Roberto Mancini insists “it’s pretty unlikely” Edin Dzeko will leave Manchester City, but “I don’t think” Robin Van Persie will join either.

The Eastlands manager spoke to Sky Sport Italia this afternoon and was asked about Juventus and Milan’s interest in Dzeko.

“I’m pleased, as this means we have good players, but it’s pretty unlikely he will leave,” said Mancini.

“He is right to say it’s no fun being on the bench, but when you join a big club then competition is normal.”

Manchester City are also battling against Juve and Manchester United to grab Arsenal talent Van Persie.

“Van Persie? No, I don’t think he will come here,” added Mancini.

The former Inter, Lazio and Fiorentina Coach was asked about his views on Serie A this season.

“Juventus are the team to beat, not just because they won the Scudetto, but also thanks to their reinforcements.

“As for the Premier League, Manchester United are in pole position.”

Manchester City beat their local rivals to the title in the last seconds of the 2011-12 season.

Garrone: 'Will Cassano return to Sampdoria?'
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Vice-President Edoardo Garrone admits “Sampdoria fans ask me in the street why Antonio Cassano isn’t coming back, but we have to look ahead.”

The striker and fan favourite was sold to Milan last year following a blazing row with President Riccardo Garrone, although the two have now put the incident behind them.

“Sampdoria fans always ask me in the street why Cassano isn’t coming back, but I have to reply Cassano is happy where he is and we have to look ahead,” Garrone Jr told Sky Sport Italia.

“Will he return next year? Anything can happen in life and I don’t feel like ruling anything out.

“He loves this city and set down roots here, got married and had a son, so sooner or later I’m sure he will return regardless of whether it’s with Sampdoria or not.

“However, Cassano is not part of our project, at least for now.”

RVP sparks transfer merry-go-round
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Source: Football Italia

Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester City, United, Milan and Inter are locked in a transfer merry-go-round involving Robin Van Persie, Edin Dzeko, Alessandro Matri and Lucas Moura.

It has been well known for some time that Juve are interested in taking Van Persie from the Gunners, where he only has one year left to run on his contract.

The £28m bidding war has broken out between the Bianconeri, Manchester City and Manchester United.

It’s reported City are now the favourites, but this could actually suit Juventus, as they’d then release alternative target Dzeko.

However, there is still a problem, as Milan are also keeping a close eye on Dzeko and are prepared to swoop in with an offer.

Juve could in turn deflect their attention by proposing Milan pick up Matri instead, leaving the path free for them to take Dzeko and Manchester City to grab Van Persie.

Manchester United are left out, but they are thought to be piling on the pressure to sign Sao Paolo striker Lucas Moura for £30m.

Lucas is also a prime target for Inter, though President Massimo Moratti warned this week he would not break the bank for the Brazilian.

Allegri satisfied with AC Milan
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Massimiliano Allegri was impressed with Milan’s Boston performance when defeating Deportivo Olimpia. “The game went exactly as it should have.”

The Rossoneri earned a 3-1 victory as part of their US tour last night thanks to Robinho and an Antonio Nocerino brace.

“I liked the team’s performance and it wasn’t easy in this heat,” the Coach told Milan Channel.

“The individuals did well and the game went exactly as it should have.

“We played better in the first half, then our opponents got stronger, partly due to the various substitutions we made.

“If a match is based on technique, then it’s logical that someone like Antonio Cassano will be able to shine. Now bring on Real Madrid.”

Milan’s tour continues with a high-profile clash against Real, including transfer target Kaka, on August 8.

AC Milan: 'Yanga-Mbiwa case closed'
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Adriano Galliani warns “Montpellier turned down our offer and we cannot reach an agreement” for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, so Milan are looking elsewhere.

The French defender had been the prime target to strengthen the back four after Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Motta left this summer.

“Montpellier turned down our offer and we cannot reach an agreement for buying the player,” said Vice-President Galliani.

“Therefore, the case is closed, with no regrets or bitterness. We have already identified other targets, but I won’t tell you who they are even under torture!”

It might only be over for the moment, because Yanga-Mbiwa’s contract with Montpellier expires in June 2013.

The Rossoneri hope to go under the radar in their next move, after Yanga-Mbiwa was splashed all over the newspapers, much to the irritation of Montpellier.

Potential targets include Genoa’s Andreas Granqvist and Chievo’s Marco Andreolli.

Friendly: AC Milan 3:1 CD Olimpia - match report
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Scorers: Robinho 24 (M), Nocerino 37, 44 (M), Escalante 72 (O)

Robinho and an Antonio Nocerino double confirmed the new-look Milan’s impressive pre-season form, as they pushed past CD Olimpia in Boston.

The US tour continued in the blazing sun against the Hondurans with Antonio Cassano finding his sharpness.

FantAntonio repeatedly combined with Robinho and created space for Nocerino to push up from midfield.

The Brazilian opened the scoring with a snooker-shot into the far bottom corner.

Stephan El Shaarawy wasted another good opportunity before Robinho knocked down a Cassano cross for Nocerino to double their lead.

Robinho also set up Ignazio Abate, who ran into traffic in the box and smartly rolled across for Nocerino’s tap-in.

Olimpia got one back in the second half through substitute Escalante.

AC Milan 3-1 Olimpia

Scorers: Robinho 24 (M), Nocerino 37, 44 (M), Escalante 72 (O)

Milan: Amelia (Pazzagli 64); Abate (De Sciglio 46), Bonera (Iotti 64), Acerbi, Antonini (Mesbah 46); Nocerino, Montolivo (Cristante 55), Constant (Emanuelson 64); Cassano; Robinho (Valoti 64), El Shaarawy (Prosenik 80)

CD Olimpia: Valladaers; Beckeles, Palacios (Portillo 46), De Souza (De Souza 70), Garcia; C V Mejia (J R Mejia 57), Bruschi, Cordova (Arevalo 64), Tilguath (Reina 46), Caetano (Emilio 46), Elvir (Rojas 46)

Friendly: AC Milan 3:1 CD Olimpia - highlights/goals
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Villarreal ignore Rossi - AC Milan rumours
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Villarreal sporting director Jose Manuel Llaneza has silenced reports that Italian forward Giuseppe Rossi will move to Milan this summer.

Rumours had emerged that Massimiliano Allegri was looking at the forward to replace the PSG-departed Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

As quoted by Milannews, Llaneza denied that a deal for the player was already in place between the two clubs.

“Rossi to Milan? This is the first I’ve heard of it, so what is there to say?

“It is clear that there is nothing to say in regards to this. There is nothing.”

The 25-year-old New Jersey native has been at the Yellow Submarines since 2007.

In April he injured his anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee for the second time in a year and is expected to be sidelined until March.

Villarreal are selling many of their stars following relegation from the Primera Liga, only yesterday handing Borja Valero and Gonzalo Rodriguez to Fiorentina.

Mourinho happy to keep Kaka
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Jose Mourinho has backtracked on the original reported stance that he would like to sell Ricky Kaka this summer, stating that he’d be happy for him to stay.

The Brazilian was reportedly told by the Portuguese last week that he had no future in his first-team plans for the coming season, before being advised to lower his wage demands in order to find another club.

Subsequently he has been linked with a return to Milan, the club he left for Real in 2009, with Vice-President Adriano Galliani reported as flying out today to meet with Florentino Perez to ratify a transfer.

However, having recalled the player to his pre-season plans, Coach Mourinho has suggested that the Spanish don’t have to sell Kaka and will be just as happy to keep him on board.

“For me, Kaka can stay. Ricardo is a good player and if he stays then we will try to get the best out of him,” reflected Mourinho after watching his Real side beat LA Galaxy 5-1 in a pre-season friendly.

“Last year he played a good season, without being brilliant. Until August 31, his decision and ours is that he stays.

“He is a good player, works for the group and in is determined in games. I’m not going to go into everything, he helps a lot. I don’t need to send him instruction during a training or during a match.

“We know each other well and we have been through much together. I know what he thinks and we don’t need to send message between each other.

“The most important thing is that he can decide his future with regards to self-esteem and personal happiness.

“If he decides to stay then we are happy, and if he decides to leave, we are happy also.

“For me, though, there is no problem.”

Ronaldinho: Allegri forced me out
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Following on from Gennaro Gattuso’s criticism of his former Milan Coach, Ronaldinho has launched a broadside at Massimiliano Allegri too.

The Brazilian was sold to Flamengo midway through Allegri’s first season in charge at San Siro and reflected today that, like Gattuso, he was left with a bitter taste in his mouth at the treatment received from the Coach.

“I am a player that always wants to play, but many times Allegri left me out,” he told reporters today.

“This left me very upset. I was in good shape when I was at Milan but he didn’t play me to give me the opportunity to express myself, so that is why I left.”

Robinho 'always free for Santos'
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Robinho has revealed that Santos did make an offer for him this summer that Milan turned down, an offer that he would always have considered.

The Brazilian was strongly linked with a second return to the club earlier this summer, with delegates from Santos at one stage in Milan talking with Rossonero officials.

However, Milan declared the player was off the market and rejected the Brazilian side’s advances. Whilst confirming this version of events himself, Robinho has refused to close the door on speculation of a move entirely, encouraging Santos to come back in again.

“For Santos I am always available,” the player told Radio 650 in Boston.

“I am good friends with the President, Luis Alvaro, and we talk frequently. It is true that Santos recent asked Milan about signing me, but they refused the offer.

“It is a fact that if in the future there should arrive a new offer, I would be ready to take it into consideration.”

Dzeko alerts AC Milan and Juventus
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Comments emanating from Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko that he is unhappy in England have put Milan and Juventus on alert.

Both Serie A sides are in the market for a striker this summer and both have been linked with the Bosnian forward.

The Rossoneri have been paired with the forward as an alternative option to Carlos Tevez, whilst the Bianconeri have been rumoured to have been ‘promised’ the player, if City sign Robin Van Persie.

The duo will be on high alert now, after the player gave an interview to German magazine Kicker, in which he made clear that he could leave Manchester this summer.

“In the second part of the season I was slightly sidelined,” Dzeko reflected.

“And I have no idea why I lost this continuity. I came here to play, so I never considered this problem.

“I’m think I am too good to spend another season on the bench, so anything is possible for my future, despite the words of Mancini.

“However, there is nothing concrete just yet.”

Dzeko started just 16 games in the Premier League during the 2011-12 campaign, making a further 14 appearances from the bench, scoring 14 goals in total.

AC Milan fly to US for Kaka
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Adriano Galliani has reportedly flown out to the United States to hold talks with Real Madrid and Ricky Kaka over a proposed transfer.

The Brazilian is being strongly linked with a return to San Siro, after three largely unsuccessful seasons playing in Spain.

Coach Jose Mourinho has told the player behind closed doors that he won’t be a first-team player next term and Milan have publicly admitted that they are interested in the player.

Club director Ariedo Braida yesterday described the Rossoneri as ‘on standby’ for Kaka and today La Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that Vice-President Galliani has now flown out to North America.

Real are on tour in the US at the moment and it is understood that the purpose of Galliani’s trip is to hold talks with their President Florentino Perez over the proposed transfer. These negotiations are reportedly scheduled for August 7.

AC Milan interested in Giuseppe Rossi
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Milan are reportedly keen to pick up Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi this summer from Villarreal for an initial low bid.

Rossi, who has otherwise been linked with Napoli, is widely considered to be available for transfer this summer, after his team’s relegation in Spain to the Segunda Division.

However, still recovering from knee ligament damage, the player is unavailable for selection until February 2013.

Even so, the Corriere dello Sport understand that Milan are in talks with the Spanish over a possible deal and are offering an initial €7m to take the 25-year-old. This is then to be followed up with a bonus structure totalling a further significant sum. However, it is believed that Villarreal are keen for at least €11m up front, followed by a large bonus scheme.

Rossi’s agent explained recently that a split transfer spend like this would likely be the most feasible option to transfer the injured star during this window.

Didac Vila offered for 'virtually free'
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It is being reported that Milan were so keen to avoid Didac Vila’s move to Valencia falling through that they offered the Spaniards a significant reduction on him.

The young full-back’s move to Los Che collapsed yesterday after findings in his medical examination highlighted the risk of a groin injury that would need surgery to be repaired.

However, as lasprovincias.es report, when the Rossoneri were informed by Valencia that the move was being cancelled, they counter-offered handing over the player for just an initial €100,000.

This was €700,000 less than the original fee agreed to send the player back to Spain for next term on loan. Milan were also then reportedly prepared to waiver a significant proportion of the agreed redemption fee, that originally stood at €4.2m.

However, Valencia are understood to have rejected this offer for the belief that the player needs more than a month to recover from the groin injury and that surgery would still likely be required.

AC Milan 'stand-by' for Kaka and Yanga-Mbiwa
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Source: Football Italia

Milan director Ariedo Braida reveals they are “in stand-by” in talks for Kaka and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

The Rossoneri have made it clear they are targeting these two players to reinforce their squad this summer.

Real Madrid could well be willing to release Kaka on loan, but his wages are still too much for Milan to handle.

“What stage are the talks for Kaka? That’s the million-dollar question,” smiled Braida on SpazioMilan.

“The situation is in stand-by, we will wait to see how we can resolve the problem that you already know about.

“Of course his return would make everyone happy, as Kaka is a lad we all care about and he made history with the Rossoneri. Obviously we’d be pleased to have him back with us.”

Milan are also in rather tense negotiations with Montpellier over defender Yanga-Mbiwa.

There were reports this morning that he had publicly rejected a move, but it later emerged the quotes came from a fake Twitter account.

“At the moment the Yanga-Mbiwa situation has slowed down a little, but we continue to be interested in the player,” added Braida.

Montpellier President Louis Nicollin even referred to Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani as ‘Kojak.’

“We weren’t irritated, no. It’s part of the game.”

AC Milan's Didac Vila fails Valencia medical
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Didac Vila’s loan move to Valencia has collapsed after he failed a medical, confirmed Milan this afternoon.

The Spanish defender spent last season in La Liga with Espanyol and was hoping to make it a permanent return to his homeland this term.

A loan deal with option to buy had been agreed, but Didac Vila has been sent back to San Siro after failing his medical.

The official Milan website claims it is due to “a slight inflammation in the pelvic area. Didac Vila will return to Milan and join the first team.”

Bonera: 'Come back, Kaka!'
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Daniele Bonera would welcome Kaka back to Milan. “He can still give so much and for this season I’m betting on Alexandre Pato.”

The Rossoneri may have sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG, while Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf have left, but they are in talks with Real Madrid for a reunion.

“I feel motivated and have more responsibility on my shoulders because this is the end of an era,” Bonera told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I think this is true of everyone in the team. It was inevitable there would be a generational hand-over and we still have the guidance of veterans like Massimo Ambrosini and Christian Abbiati. There are players in this squad who want to follow them.

“We lost a great deal in technical terms with such strong players, but Juventus show a collective can be more important than individuals.”

Bonera also hit back at former teammate Gattuso’s claims there was no discipline in the Milan locker room.

“Maybe not winning anything in the last season makes little incidents seem much bigger. All teams have a little bit of this, especially in the summer. It’s true at one point we went beyond our usual standards, but the atmosphere is very different now.”

Milan hope to bring back Kaka just three years after his huge move to Real Madrid.

“In football terms he can still give so much and of course he’s a lovely person. Having him here would be positive for many reasons, starting from how hard he trains and sets the example for others. Ricky is a fantastic professional,” continued Bonera.

“For this season I am betting on Pato, as I am convinced he has matured and the situation that has developed at the club will suit him.

“The fans must have faith, just as we have in this team. Building something new is a big challenge for everyone who is still here.”

Allegri shrugs off Gattuso
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Massimiliano Allegri is keen to look ahead to a new chapter in Milan’s history and not to get involved in Gennaro Gattuso’s war of words.

The midfielder was one of a number of players to leave San Siro at the start of this summer and this week offered his insight into why he turned down a one-year contract extension in order to depart.

However, Allegri has hit back and suggested that Gattuso’s words are not conducive to the Rossoneri’s season preparations.

“Speaking of things of the past, feeding the controversy, is of little use,” the tactician reflected on Rtl 102.5.

“I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach this dressing room for two years, I’ve won a League title and a Supercoppa and for me that is very important.

“Then, unfortunately choices were made, but we must look forward and not back.”

Allegri is preparing for the new campaign with a new-look squad, having lost a number of players.

“10 champions have left, 10 players who made the history of Milan, as Zlatan Ibrhahimovic and Thiago Silva are champions.

“The team is working well, however, and there are many talented young people here. Then, we will wait and see on August 31, but there are young people developing, we are waiting the return of Alexandre Pato and I am confident in the work the players and the club are doing.”

The Coach then offered some support for colleague Antonio Conte, who is facing a lengthy absence from the touchline next season through suspension.

“This is definitely a difficult situation and I hope that it resolves best for him and for all those who are involved in it.”

Galliani: 'Kaka meeting in New York'
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“We will speak to Florentino Perez in New York” about bringing Kaka to Milan, confirmed Adriano Galliani.

The Vice-President revealed the upcoming negotiations with the Real Madrid chief in an interview with Radio Marca in Spain.

“We will speak to Florentino Perez in New York. The operation is a difficult one, because Kaka earns a lot of money,” said Galliani.

“He earns really, really a lot of money. But he is part of our history.”

The Rossoneri continue to hope they can take Kaka on loan, but even then his wages would be too much for their club coffers.

Palermo - AC Milan friendly set
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Source: Football Italia

Palermo and Milan have announced a prestigious pre-season friendly at the Stadio Barbera on August 12.

The two Serie A sides will go head-to-head in Sicily on Sunday August 12, kick-off 19.45 UK time.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men are currently in Philadelphia on their US summer tour.

This fixture is also set to be played in Serie A on October 31 as part of the Week 10 calendar.

Roma and AC Milan mourn Maldera
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Roma and Milan are in mourning after the sudden death of Scudetto-winning full-back Aldo Maldera.

The former Italian international had notched up 228 appearances for Milan before going to Roma from 1982-85 and finishing his career with Fiorentina in 1987.

Maldera won the Scudetto at Milan in 1979 and with Roma in 1983, plus two Coppa Italia trophies and the Mitropa Cup.

He died at the age of 58 after a short illness.

Abbiati: 'AC Milan are competitive'
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Christian Abbiati believes Milan “do not need more reinforcements” despite losing so many stars this summer.

The Rossoneri have released the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf and Mark Van Bommel.

“Juventus are the same side as last season, with a few reinforcements,” Abbiati told Milan Channel.

“Inter are in the same situation as us, but we will challenge for the Scudetto with these teams, even if Napoli and Roma could be in the race too.

“I think Milan will probably move on the market, but we do not need more reinforcements, as we are already competitive.”

Milan are currently in America for their tour of friendlies, although Philippe Mexes has left the Philadelphia training camp for a return to Italy, as his wife is about to give birth.

AC Milan return to Astori
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Source: Football Italia

Milan’s problems over Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa mean the club is returning to Cagliari for Davide Astori instead.

The Rossoneri need a new centre-back after losing both Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva this summer.

Their prime target is Yanga-Mbiwa, but Montpellier are refusing to release him for less than €18m, whereas the offer was just €6m.

According to Tuttosport, the difficulties in France have prompted Milan to change tack and return to one of their previous options.

Astori has already turned down a proposal from Spartak Moscow, as he did not want to go to Russia.

Cagliari have repeatedly stated they won’t sell 25-year-old Astori to Milan, but they hope the presence of ex-Sardinian Coach Massimiliano Allegri can sway them.





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