Manchester United winger Nani has drawn interest from PSG, while AC Milan have refused to overpay for Keisuke Honda.
PSG Eye A Move For Manchester United Winger Nani
Nani’s future at Old Trafford has been in doubts for some time now. The Portuguese winger made only 10 appearances in the league last season as his form came under criticism, which saw him fall down the pecking order under Sir Alex. Even with the arrival of David Moyes at the helm, his future looks uncertain.
The 26-year-old’s current contract expires in 2014 and still no progress has been made a contract extension. Anzhi and Galatasaray have been linked with him, with the Turkish club reportedly failing bid as they didn’t meet Manchester United’s valuation of the winger. Recently Nani was linked with French club Monaco and now almost inevitably PSG have are reportedly interested in signing him as well.
Reports suggest that the Parisian club have initiated contact with Manchester United regarding the transfer of the Portuguese international. Nani was reportedly looking for hike on his current wages and PSG are certainly capable of providing that. It is believed that PSG are willing to offer €20 million for the winger, which should match United’s valuation.
Although his recent performances hasn’t been up to the mark and he has also suffered from injuries, Nani still remains a highly talented footballer and perhaps all he needs is a new challenge. PSG have already bought in the likes of Edinson Cavani and Marquinhos this summer, and Nani could well be the final piece of business they conduct in this window.
AC Milan Won’t Overpay For Honda, insists Galliani
This transfer saga seems to be heading towards no immediate conclusion. Milan are in desperate need of adding some creativity to their midfield and Honda fitted that bill perfectly, specially considering Milan’s transfer budget this summer. The Japanese international put on some fantastic displays during the recently concluded Confederations Cup, which must have helped in raising the expectations of the Milan fans about what is to come.
Honda’s current contract at the Russian club, CSKA Moscow, expires in January and the 27-year-old is expected to join the Italian club as a free agent. But Milan wants to sign him at the start of this season and have offered CSKA a minimal fee for Honda in order to fast-forward this transfer. Milan want him at San Siro before they announce the Champions League squad for next season. But CSKA have demanded a hike in the offered price.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has however insisted that despite their desire to sign Honda, they won’t be overpaying for him.
“The gift to the fans is Honda, it can only be Honda at this moment in time.
“The player wants Milan, but we can’t exaggerate as he will be a free agent in four months,” he continued.
“We’ll keep trying to sign him until we have to name our Champions League squad, then we’ll abandon the chase.
“We have made an offer and if they decrease their expectations then Honda will arrive at Milan. Let’s hope so…” – The AC Milan vice-president was quoted in press.
Meanwhile, Galliani has also revealed that Portuguese club Benfica have offer Dutch winger Ola John to AC Milan and that the club is currently evaluating this option, although he refused to reveal whether it will be a loan or a permanent deal.
“Ola John is of great interest to us. Benfica offered him to us and we’re thinking about it.
“I cannot say whether it is for a loan or something else right now.” – said Galliani.
In other news related to the Rossoneri, Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has rubbished rumours linking defender Davide Astori to AC Milan. Astori’s future at the Italian club has been up for speculations this summer and the 26-year-old has been linked with Napoli, Southampton and AC Milan. But Cellino has ruled out all possibilities of Astori reuniting with his former manager Massimiliano Allegri.
“Astori to Milan? I can absolutely rule that out.
“I don’t know where this news is coming from, as it is pure fantasy. There are no negotiations in place and I see no possibility of a sale. The player will remain at Cagliari.” – The Cagliari president insisted.