According to SPORT, Clement Lenglet could be the first player to leave Barcelona this summer with the French defender attracting interest from several clubs across Europe. The 27-year-old has fallen out of favour at Camp Nou and is open to an exit, as long as his €10 million annual wage demands are met. SPORT claims that he has received a proposal close to the terms he is seeking. It is not clear as to which club has tabled the offer, but the report adds that Lenglet is on the radars of many clubs, with AC Milan and Inter Milan the latest teams to show an interest in the French international.
Mino Raiola – AC Milan promised to make Donnarumma captain
Super agent Mino Raiola has revealed that his client Gianluigi Donnarumma was promised to be made the club’s captain prior to his contract extension this summer.
The teenage goalkeeper had initially rebuffed a fresh deal beyond 2018, and this led to widespread criticism from the club’s faithful, who took to social media to question his loyalty.
Eventually, Donnarumma agreed to a new four-year deal with the Rossoneri after they inserted two separate release clauses on his contract. The goalkeeper would have the £88m clause active in nine months’ time, should they qualify for next season’ Champions League. However, the value would be halved in case of their failure to do so.
Speaking on RAI Sport, Raiola slammed sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli and general manager Marco Fassone after they failed to keep their promise of making Donnarumma the new captain.
“I’ve got nothing personal against Fassone and Mirabelli, I just don’t believe in their project. When all of Italy was panicking about the future of Donnarumma, they offered the captain’s armband without us asking for it. All I can say is that there was a promise which has not been kept,” he told RAI. Continue reading Mino Raiola – AC Milan promised to make Donnarumma captain
AC Milan confident of Gianluigi Donnarumma stay
AC Milan CEO Marco Fossune is confident that the club will keep hold of the services of Gianluigi Donnarumma for the final year of his Rossoneri contract.
The Italy international recently snubbed a fresh deal with the San Siro outfit after he felt bullied while holding negotiations over a probable extension. Donnarumma has since received some stick from the club’s faithful while his representative Mino Raiola has hinted that he could switch clubs with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain among the elite clubs keen on his signature.
Speaking to Milan TV, Fossune suggested that the club are open to offers for their teenage goalkeeper, but they are unlikely to accept a cut-price fee of around £15 million for their promising youngster, he said: “Donnarumma is staying here. Without doubt he will stay and next year he will be free to make a decision. If anyone wants him they will have to pay his price. We do not need someone to come and offer us £15m or £20m. Donnarumma is worth far more than that. We are open to offers. We will look at them all but our project is clear. Donnarumma stays. If anyone wants him they will have to pay his price.” Continue reading AC Milan confident of Gianluigi Donnarumma stay
AC MILAN WANT COSTA
AC Milan have reportedly met with Chelsea striker Diego Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes with the hope of convincing him about the player.
Milan directors MassimilianoMirabelli and Marco Fassone met with Mendes at Cardiff before the Champions League final on Saturday and more meetings are planned.
Milan want Mendes to bring three players on his clients’ list; Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, Porto striker Andre Silva aside Costa. Milan zeroed in on the Spaniard as Torino rejected their £39 million bid for highly sought after Andrea Belotti. Torino also prefers foreign clubs who can get close to the £87 million release clause of the player.
Costa is expected to leave Chelsea this summer with the Blues favouring a move for former player RomeluLukaku. MichyBatshuayi is making a case for more game time at Stamford Bridge so he could get to handle more local games while Lukaku play in the league and Champions League.
Batshuayi revealed that he would have a sit-down with the club management to discuss his options. He mentioned the World Cup next year as one reason he cannot continue with the status quo. If Chelsea consider him not good enough, the Belgian would have to go out on loan.
Costa had been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid but with the Spanish side locked up in prison by FIFA for transfer issues, a move to Milan, the MLS or China are likely options. Mendes has strong links with China – with Fosun International one of Chinese biggest investment firms having a 30 percent stake at his company GestiFute agency.
The new rules in the Chinese Super League on foreign additions might complicate the deal though. With Milan been run by Chinese investors who spent £630 million on the deal, they have enough financial muscle to land Costa and meet his wage demands.
Vincenzo Montella Claims That AC Milan Remain on Course to Meet Objectives
AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella believes that the club are on course to achieving the objectives for the campaign, despite failing to win a game in the last five.
More importantly, they have suffered a fourth consecutive defeats – with three of them coming in the Italian Serie A. As a result, Milan have dropped five points behind Inter Milan, who are in the fifth spot. Qualifying for Europe is understood to be one of the main priorities for the club. Milan have not been seen in the European competitions since the 2013-14 season. They have undergone several managerial reigns during this period, but the club underwent a change in ownership primarily in order to make them competitive once again.
Former owner Silvio Berlusconi did not have the funds to make Milan competitive in the transfer market. Even the new owners have arrived, manager Montella is yet to receive a significant influx of funds. Continue reading Vincenzo Montella Claims That AC Milan Remain on Course to Meet Objectives
WATFORD CLOSE TO SIGNING NIANG
Premier League side are almost set to lure French forward M’Baye Niang from Serie A giant AC Milan, according to reports in Italy.
The club has struggled to get the goals this term with strikers firing blank. Watford want Niang on a temporary deal to see if he would fit the culture and needs of the club.
The loan deal is reportedly in the range of £1 million or less but the whole package would include an option of buying during the summer if he impresses. Watford would have to pay as much as £13.6 million of the want him at the end of the season.
Niang would be in England for medicals and tests on Thursday. The player already agreed personal terms with the struggling top flight football club.
Niang has been linked to Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham in England and Genoa as he struggled this term at Milan. The player has scored just three times after 18 games and is rumoured to be largely not comfortable with his stay at the San Siro. Continue reading WATFORD CLOSE TO SIGNING NIANG
Vincenzo Montella Happy despite Goalless Draw against Atalanta
AC Milan failed to win the last two games of 2016 after a 1-0 loss against Roma followed by a goalless draw against Atalanta.
Following the last game, manager Vincenzo Montella said that he was happy with the performance of the players even though it was a goalless draw. The result did not help Milan’s hopes of being closer to the top three than ever before. Milan could have closed the gap on the top two places since Juventus and Roma were taking on each other in the other game. As it is, the club remain fifth in the table – two points behind third placed Napoli.
Montella has been a revelation this campaign, as he has managed to transform Milan’s fortunes even when spending just € 26 million on new players. The club recently secured new owners, who have promised to ramp the spending substantially. Continue reading Vincenzo Montella Happy despite Goalless Draw against Atalanta
Bacca to leave Milan
It is believed that Carlos Bacca might be leaving AC Milan in the summer.
There is news that the player has told AC Milan that he wants to play in the Champions League and that the best way for him to achieve this will be by leaving the club.
It is reported that the Colombia international has already had a chat with the AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella and has told him that he will be leaving the Italian club as he wants to participate in the Champions League.
It is believed that there are currently different European teams that are interested in signing the player. One of those clubs is Arsenal, who is desperate to get a new striker after they have failed to secure he signing of Jamie Vardy. Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his attack, but so far he is finding it hard to sign a quality striker.
Continue reading Bacca to leave Milan
Luciano Spalletti has faith on Edin Dzeko
Luciano Spalletti says that he will retain his faith in striker Edin Dzeko despite his poor goal return this season.
The former Manchester City striker has been playing with the Italian outfit since the summer. In his first season in Italian football,Dzeko has come up with nine goals in 34 appearances. Thankfully, Roma have been able to get goals from other sources. The club are third in the table and they are providing realistic competition to the likes of Juventus and Napoli. The title may be a little away from the grasp after falling 10 points behind leaders Juventus, but it will still be seen as a successful campaign if the club qualify for the Champions League.
Dzeko recently came off the bench in the league match against Inter Milan. He had a great opportunity to win the game, but a scuffed shot meant that both teams had to settle for a 1-1 draw. The Bosnia international has failed to capitalise on a great moment, butDzeko failed to criticise the 30-year-old. He says that he still has plenty of faith in the forward since he will be a useful player to the club going forward. Ivan Perisic scored early for Inter and Roma had to wait for Nainggolan’s late effort in the 84th minute to get back into the game. Continue reading Luciano Spalletti has faith on Edin Dzeko
AC Milan v Tottenham: Rafael van der Vaart travels to San Siro with score to settle with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
AC Milan v Tottenham: Rafael van der Vaart travels to San Siro with score to settle with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Rafael van der Vaart relishing chance to get one particular about on Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Tottenham meet AC Milan in Champions League.
Gennaro Gattuso charged around headbutt on Joe Jordan
Gennaro Gattuso could face a lengthy ban after UEFA charged him over his headbutt on Joe Jordan.
AC Milan veteran Yepes rues heroics from Spurs keeper Gomes
AC Milan Tottenham Peter Crouch AC Milan defender Mario Yepes insists they didn’t deserve their defeat to Tottenham in final night’s nasty, bitter Champions League clash. Yepes had a powerful sport and the Rossoneri’s greatest opportunities, but Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes performed two stunning saves. “Gomes did truly well on my two headers and we ran into an excellent goalkeeper acquiring a …