Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28
Now AC Milan have to think about the players they want to keep.
Of course we start with Mario Balotelli, who apparently "has never asked to be sold," said Milan CEO Adriano Galliani (h/t Daily Mail). Galliani originally said "there’s a 99.9 percent chance of him staying," but on Monday he updated that number to "to 99.999 per cent," per Football Italia.
Galliani loves to use decimal figures to describe a player's chance of leaving or coming. It's his trademark statement. "I am 99.9% he’ll stay with us," Galliani said about Kaka in May, according to the Daily Mail. Kaka left for Orlando City a month later.
Then there is Stephan El Shaarawy. He has not been an active player on the market while recovering from a season of injuries, but his brother (also his agent) spoke on the radio in Italy to dismiss any pending rumours.
The biggest question is Robinho, who is like a nagging itch that won't go away. He is the one constant in weeks of ever-changing madness.
Let's take a look at the week's craziness.
Robinho at an Impasse
Negotiations with Orlando City are ongoing (according to MLSsoccer.com) and yet Robinho is still stuck at Milan.
The reason for the impasse is probably his wages. His move to Santos broke down earlier because of that.
"Robinho wants Santos," club vice president Odilio Rodrigues told Globoesport (h/t Goal.com). "However, it is difficult for us to meet his financial demands."
But the agent in all of this believes that his client will move on.
"Will Robinho remain at Milan at the end?" Marisa Ramos told MilanNews.it (h/t Football Italia). "I really doubt it, we will find a solution.”
Two more solutions have come about.
According to Sky Italia (h/t Sambafoot.com), the Brazilian club Flamengo could seal an agreement with the help of sponsors. And on Monday, Sport Mediaset (h/t Football Italia) emerged with reports of a €4 million offer from Turkish club Besiktas.
Robinho's agent has since denied the offer from Besiktas. But there is also an offer from Olympiacos, according to Galliani (h/t Football Italia).
So obviously there is a queue for the 30-year-old Brazilian. If a deal is going to happen, it's going to happen soon.
Balotelli Swap in Place?
Despite Galliani's denials, Balotelli could indeed still move on. There is a 0.001 percent chance after all.
Milan could seek to swap Balotelli for Costa Rica's Joel Campbell and a financial package of £7.9 million, according to Metro's Lee Hurley.
Coach Pippo Inzaghi seems keen to work with Balotelli, even though he has played only a single half of football in the International Champions Cup pre-season tour. Balotelli is also working with a personal trainer, according to Inzaghi.
"I am calm, Mario is an important player and I will try to help him improve," Inzaghi said (h/t Football Italia). "I will reset everything that has been said about him, I have no problem with him."
The Race for Cerci Continues
Galliani has already met with Torino president Urbano Cairo, who has publicly stated his hesitance to sell Alessio Cerci.
But the reports press on.
According to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato.com), Milan will make one final push this week to sign the 27-year-old right-winger, as Robinho is likely to leave within the next 48 hours. Robinho, not Balotelli or El Shaarawy, is the one in the way of a potential move.
It is a common refrain from Galliani: Milan will only buy if they first sell. That seems to be the case here.