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Milan makes offer for Ronaldo

Milan makes offer for Ronaldo

AC Milan has made Real Madrid an offer for Ronaldo.
"We are sending an offer for Ronaldo. We are shopping so we'll see," Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said Thursday. "Everything of course will be down to a medical (exam), so we have plenty to do yet.
"Ronaldo, who is at the moment still a Real Madrid player, will undergo a medical at Milanello tomorrow," Galliani added while waiting at Milan's Linate airport for the striker.
Ronaldo, who left the Spanish capital by private jet, attended Milan's Italian Cup first-leg semifinal against AS Roma at San Siro on Thursday evening.
"I want to publicly thank (Real) president Ramon Calderon for having offered us this possibility. I have a meeting (in Madrid) on Monday and if all goes well as I hope, Ronaldo will become a Milan player," Galliani said.
Galliani and Madrid official Franco Baldini reached a verbal agreement for the Brazil forward late Wednesday for about euro7 million (US$9 million), Italian news agency ANSA reported.
"We are still waiting for a written offer from Milan," Baldini was quoted as saying on Thursday morning by ANSA.
Spanish news agency Efe said Ronaldo was at Madrid's training in the morning, and showed no sign his transfer was imminent. It added that the 30-year-old Brazil striker did not bid his teammates farewell or collect his belongings.
But Efe did report that Ronaldo sent a text message to Galliani on Wednesday.
"I'll arrive, pass the medical and go to the stadium with my new president," Efe quoted him as saying.
Baldini did not divulge financial details of the agreement but said that "it's a long way from the euro8 million (US$10 million) that Real is asking to release Ronaldo," ANSA reported.
Spanish daily El Mundo cited a figure closer to euro6 million (US$8 million) and reported that Ronaldo will be offered a 1 1/2-year contract with the Rossoneri _ the same length as the remainder of his contract at Madrid.
Regardless, both transfer fees represent a significant discount on Milan's unsuccessful offer of euro22 million (US$28.6 million) five months ago.
Ronaldo has six days remaining in the January transfer window to switch clubs. Otherwise, he will have to stay at Madrid at least until the end of the season.
The forward, who hasn't been picked for Madrid since the Jan. 7 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna, said on Monday his difficulties with coach Fabio Capello seem set to force him out of the club.
A move to Milan would take Ronaldo back to the city where he spent five years with rival Inter Milan. He joined Madrid in 2002, winning the Spanish league at the end of his first season _ his last major title.


Updated : 2021-07-27 08:40 GMT+08:00