Ronaldinho agrees general terms with AC Milan
Rome – A report in Saturday’s Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Brazil forward Ronaldinho has reached an agreement with Milan on a possible summer transfer.
The former twice world player of the year has fallen out with Barcelona this season as a dip in form and frequent off-field indiscretions have seen the love affair between club and player come to a bitter end after five years.
He is currently sidelined with a leg injury that could keep him out of Barcelona’s run-in, where they are chasing La Liga and Champions League glory.
But according to Gazzetta: “Ronaldinho to Milan: the ball is in Barcelona’s court.”
The daily sports newspaper quoted Ronaldinho’s agent and brother Roberto de Assis as claiming that only a fee needs to be agreed with Barca to make the move a reality.
“Basically, Ronaldinho and Milan have come to an agreement,” he said before insisting that it was not yet a done deal.
“Milan are a great team, Ronaldinho was impressed with his first contact with them.
“The important thing is that he will be happy. When will a deal be finalised? You have to be patient.”
Gazzetta claims that the a deal worth eight million euros a year to the Brazilian until 2012 has been agreed while suggesting Barcelona would be willing to do business for a sale of 30 million euros.
However, it also claims that Milan don’t want to spend that kind of money, looking to spend only €16-million (about R197-million), and that higher bids could come in from Inter Milan (€25-million) and Manchester City (€40-million).
Gazzetta also speculates about a major transfer merry-go-round this summer, particularly involving Italian and Spanish clubs as they try to catch up with their English counterparts, who have dominated in the Champions League this season.
In eight matches between English and Italian sides this season in Europe’s premier competition, Italians lost six times while drawing the other two and winning none.
Spanish teams fared better, getting a win, a draw and two defeats from four encounters with the English.
Strikers seem to top the list of wanted players, according to Gazzetta, with Chelsea’s Didier Drogba linked to Inter Milan, Palermo’s Brazilian Amauri interesting Juventus and Genoa’s Marco Borriello a reported target for Milan.
It also claims Real Madrid want Roma’s Mirko Vucinic and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo while Barcelona are after Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor, Valencia’s David Villa and Stuttgart’s Mario Gomez.