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AC Milan sign Jeremy Menez from PSG; Stoke City set to lose out on Assaidi

AC Milan have completed the signing of France international forward Jeremy Menez from French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

AC Milan have completed the signing of France international forward Jeremy Menez from French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The France international, 27, will officially join the Rossoneri via free transfer on 1 July, having already agreed a three-year deal with the club.

Menez, who joined PSG on a free transfer from Roma in the summer of 2011, netted 11 goals in 108 appearances during his three-year spell at the Parc des Princes but has gradually fallen out of the first-team following a number of big-money arrivals in recent times.

The 27-year-old forward passed a medical in Milan on Friday and has been introduced as Milan’s first signing of the summer transfer window.

“AC Milan would like to communicate that Jeremy Menez has signed a contract that ties him to the club until June 30th 2017,” revealed a statement on the club’s official website, acmilan.com.

Menez is looking forward to playing under new manager Filipo Inzaghi, who replaces Clarence Seedorf.

Mr Inzaghi is in charge for next season and he has a big will to win with Milan. He already won a lot as player and he wants to win also as a coach,” Menez said.

My priority is Milan. We must get back in the top three of the Italian league and also to try to win the Serie A title.

“To supporters I assure you I’ll give everything on the pitch.”

Menez scored two goals in 26 appearances across all competitions for PSG in 2013/14.

Stoke City set to lose out on Assaidi

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has signaled the club are ready to give up their pursuit of Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi.

Assaidi, 25, spent last season on loan at the Britannia Stadium, impressing and subsequently increasing his valuation despite a number of niggling injuries.

The Potters’ boss Mark Hughes is keen on agreeing a permanent deal for the Morocco international; however, that seems increasingly unlikely due to two factors: risk assessment [due to the player's knee injuries] and the player’s rising valuation.

“We’ve spoken to Liverpool about Oussama and we’ve spoken to his agent. Sometimes deals look difficult to do and this one, if I’m frank, this is in the very difficult section,” Scholes told The Sentinel.

“We’ll see. He had a great season with us last year. We like him a lot, we know what he can bring to the club and he knows the club – that’s an advantage.

“There is always a risk with any purchase of a player, but those are reduced substantially when you have had that player with you.

“It’s a deal we would like to do, but we will have to wait and see.”

Assaidi scored four goals in 19 English Premier League appearances for Stoke City last season.

Sat 14 June, 2014
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