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Ljajic linked with Milan; CSKA Moscow willing to sell Honda

ACF Fiorentina attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic is reportedly attracting interest from AC Milan.

ACF Fiorentina attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic is reportedly attracting interest from a number of top European clubs, including AC Milan and Manchester United, Sky Sports understands.

Ljajic, 21, has one year remaining on his current contract at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, and could be available on a cut-price deal.

The 21-year-old ace, who completed 88.2 percent of his passes last term, tallied 11 goals and eight assists in 28 league appearances for the Viola in 2012/13, his best ever season in professional football.

According to reports, Chelsea and Liverpool are among the clubs interested in Ljajic, who has won seven international caps for Serbia.

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the 21-year-old midfielder could become a summer target for the club.

“He could become our target, but in this moment he’s a player with a contract,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

In other news, Galliani added that the Rossoneri are still in talks with Santos FC regarding the transfer of Robinho.

“Robinho wants to go back to Santos. We will see if we will find an agreement,” said the club’s CEO and vice-president.

“In the last few hours, there has been a further approach, but there isn’t an agreement yet.

“We will start looking for another striker only when Robinho leaves. We have a good team and five strong forwards.”

For Santos, the arrival of Robinho would certainly lessen the blow of losing Brazilian sensation Neymar to FC Barcelona.

CSKA Moscow willing to sell Honda

Russian Premier League champions CSKA Moscow are willing to cash in on Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda, but only if they receive a reasonable offer for the 27-year-old, Sky Sports reports.

Honda, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2014, is reportedly a summer target for AC Milan and Everton, with the Rossoneri leading the race for the Japanese midfielder, according to reports.

“[The situation] has not changed. Honda could be speaking to another club at the moment, because the rules allow it,” revealed CSKA Moscow general director Roman Babaev.

“But our position is clear. We are ready to let him go if we receive a reasonable offer.

“We are pleased that Milan are interested but we also have to be realistic. Yes, his expiring contract affects his market value but there is a limit as to how low we can go.

“We are not worried if he ends up leaving the club on a free transfer.

“It is a difficult decision to make – part ways with Honda now or keep him until his contract expires.

“We are interested to know how this progresses. The ball is in Milan’s court now.”

The Japan international bagged nine goals in 28 appearances in all competitions for the Russian champions last season.

Sun 7 July, 2013
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