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Shevchenko leads late transfer merry-go-round

SoccerNews in Serie A 26 Aug 2008

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Ukraine forward Andrei Shevchenko completed his move to AC Milan on Monday after passing a medical and his arrival is set to spark some last ditched transfer activity in the country.

According to Tuesday's press the big four are all going to bring in players before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Both major daily sports newspapers Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport claim that Milan will add Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos to their roster this week.

Gazzetta says the Italians will pay 2 million euros (2.9 million dollars) to take the big Swiss centre-back on loan for one season with an option to buy him in a year's time for 8 million euros.

It says Senderos was due in Milan on Tuesday to undergo a medical.

Gazzetta also claims Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma's on-off transfer to Inter Milan is 80 percent certain to go through during the next 48 hours.

Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho admitted following his side's Supercup victory over AS Roma at the weekend that he wanted to bring in his 24-year-old countryman.

Gazzetta also claims Juventus are 80 percent sure to bring back Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah from Turkish team Fenerbahce.

Appiah spent two seasons at Juve from 2003-05 before leaving for Turkey.

But Gazzetta notes that his arrival could be jeopardised by the foreigner ruling in Italy limiting the number of non-European Union players allowed in the match-day squad.

It also says players would need to be shipped out before he can arrive with Portuguese midfielder Tiago, who has rejected a move to Everton, possibly heading to Porto or Atletico Madrid.

Corriere dello Sport, meanwhile, claims Roma will sign one of Chelsea's Florent Malouda, Inter's David Suazo and Monaco's Jeremy Menez before the window closes.

Honduran Suazo is likely to struggle to break into Mourinho's Inter while Malouda has found himself on the bench in both of Chelsea's first two Premier League games this season.

With Chelsea also chasing the signature of Real Madrid's Robinho, he is likely to find a first XI berth even harder to come by.

Menez is rumoured to be Roma's preferred option but with Monaco reportedly looking for 25 million euros, Roma could be priced out of that deal.

Corriere also says Roma's city neighbours Lazio are trying to tie up a deal for Milan's Cristian Brocchi and Inter's Hernan Crespo.

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