Yesterday was a very thrilling day for the Rossonero market: Arsenal bring it down to 28 million for Adebayor, but he's too expensive. Then, in the evening, the Brazilian player accepted a two-year contract: Galliani is ready to close the deal with Barcelona. And Sheva could also come back
MILAN, 12 July 2008 - It was a Friday to remember for the Rossonero market. In the evening, Ronaldinho overtook Adebayor in what has been an ideal duel in which now Barcelona's Brazilian player is the clear favourite over Arsenal's Togo international. It happened after a late-evening talk in which the Porto Alegre champion and his brother-agent, Roberto de Assis, accepted a 6.5-million euros contract with the Rossoneri "only" until 2010. Plus bonuses. That's what he earns now in Catalonia. The signs are clear. Milan secure a double commitment from the champion: it's a financial and behavioural comitment. In fact, Ronaldinho accepted the challenge of discussing all issues. And that motivates the Rossoneri leadership to press in the negotiations with Barcelona for a transaction that has been the object of Via Turati's hard work for the last two years. It's well known how Silvio Berlusconi feels about it. Carlo Ancelotti has also endorsed for some time a more agile and imaginative Milan.
TIME TO TALK TO BARCELONA - Now, Adriano Galliani must also close the deal with Barcelona, a club that is under media scrutiny for an unprecedented managerial crisis after last week's filing of a motion against Joan Laporta. But some positive signs have been coming from Catalonia in the last few hours. The initial 35-million tag has come down to 25 million. Milan still push for their original 15-million euros offer. But considering the agreement with the player, Barcelona are now risking a serious financial wash. Even more so because the player has openly confronted his current managerial team about missing the Olympic Games. Galliani is ready to fly to Barcelona to close the deal once and for all.
ADEBAYOR WAS CLOSE - The day began with good news from the Adebayor front. About noon, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger put his final price tag for the Togo international on the table. Vice president Adriano Galliani is relieved with the lower number, but quickly sends an inevitable response to his counterpart. Obviously, the Rossonero vice president has to consult the largest shareholder about a transaction that will make the Rossonero balance sheet sink further in the red. In this case, it's necessary to be cautious. In the meantime, Adriano Galliani avoids all questions on the subject: "I did not meet with Wenger," said Milan's VP mid-afternoon. "I reiterate that Milan so far have made important financial sacrifices to keep their stars, beginning with KakÃ ."
THE MYSTERY OF THE TRIP - Nevertheless, Adriano Galliani could not be seen in the Via Turati offices yesterday morning. His phone was ringing for a long time around lunch time. Then, communication resumed around 4 PM. That gave room to conflicting opinions in regards to his whereabouts. For many, Galliani spent the morning in Costa Azzurra, at Arsene Wenger's villa in Juan Le Pen to talk about Adebayor. For others, the Rossonero manager was in Costa Smeralda to see Roman Abramovich and get his consent to bring Andriy Shevchenko back. None of these hypotheses has been confirmed. Yesterday's match had only two players: Adebayor and Ronaldinho. There is still time for Sheva.