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Barca want too much for Ronaldinho: Berlusconi

SoccerNews in La Liga, Serie A 23 Apr 2008

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AC Milan chairman Silvio Berlusconi complained Wednesday that Barcelona are holding out for too much money for their Brazilian star Ronaldinho, whom the Italians hope to land this summer.

“We still want him and we know he wants to come to Milan but Barcelona have asked for a sum we all consider excessive,” Berlusconi told Radio Radio.

“We are still looking to recruit him, however, said Berlusconi, who is set to stand down soon from his post given that he is to head the next Italian government.

Media reports say AC Milan will pay eight million euros a year to the twice world player of the year Brazilian until 2012 and that Barcelona would be willing to do business for a sale of 30 million euros.

But Milan only want to pay around 16 million.

Inter Milan and Manchester City are also interested in the player, currently out of action through injury.

Monday, Berlusconi’s right-hand man, vice-president Adriano Galliani had said of the impending transfer: “I don’t know if an agreement will be reached. “We have to operate within the framework of market conditions. If it happens, great, if not we’ll change our objectives.

“If Barcelona accept our offer we’ll do a deal, if not we won’t.”

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