Allegri admits Cassano wants out
Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed reports suggesting that star forward Antonio Cassano has expressed his desire to leave San Siro this summer.
The highly rated forward has been heavily linked with a summer exit from San Siro, and the Rossoneri tactician explains that it was the player himself who requested a transfer.
“It’s a shame,” Allegri said to Milan Channel after the 3-2 defeat to Juventus in the Trofeo Berlusconi clash. “Antonio has been here for a year and a half.
“He did really well in his first six months where he made the difference. Then the problem with his heart stopped him.
“I think that despite the qualities of Cassano, it’s not a good idea to keep players against their will – it would not be good for Cassano or Milan.
“We need a forward who can play close to a centre-forward. Let’s see how this situation evolves.”
The Italy international is being tipped to join Inter in a swap deal that would see Giampaolo Pazzini move the other way.
Antonio Cassano joined Milan in January 2011 from Sampdoria, and has scored a total of 7 goals in 33 Serie A games for the Rossoneri.
Malaga set to sign Saviola
La Liga side Malaga are about to complete the signing of striker Javier Saviola from Benfica, Spanish newspaper La Opinion de Malaga has revealed.
Los Boquerones have seen a number of first team regulars leave amidst the uncertainty surrounding the club, but they are eager to reinforce the squad before the start of the Champions League campaign.
Signing a replacement for striker Salomon Rondon is the number one priority and La Opinion de Malaga claims the La Rosaleda outfit are on the verge of securing the signature of one Javier Saviola.
The same source claims the 30-year-old yesterday arrived to Malaga to finalize his switch from Benfica.
The Argentine striker joined Benfica from Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 and has since scored 24 goals in 69 league games for the Eagles.
After netting just 4 times in 18 league appearances last season, Saviola is no longer considered an important member of the squad and he will be allowed to leave Estadio da Luz this summer.
This is great news for the Spanish side, given that his goalscoring abilities and experience would make him a great addition to the youthful Malaga squad.
Celtic confirm Ki set to leave
Scottish Premier League champions Celtic have confirmed that star midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng is nearing summer exit.
At the time when Swansea are paired with a move for the Korea Republic international, Celtic have revealed that Ki wants out.
“He is keen to move on and the club is in discussion with another club,” Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby told reporters. “There have been a few clubs interested in him.”
“I know for sure there has been one bid for him and I think maybe one or two other bids,” added Mjallby.
“He is a quality player but on the other hand he is keen to move on so the club needs to do something.”
Celtic spokesman later revealed that Swansea were the club that have made an official offer for the player’s services.
Ki Sung-Yueng joined Celtic from Korean side Seoul in January 2010 and quickly developed into a key player for the Bhoys.
During his time at Parkhead the Korean has scored 9 goals in 66 Scottish Premier League appearances.