Sir Alex: I tried to sign Maldini for Manchester United
Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he tried to sign AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini. “I did try but, when I met his father, he was quite formidable," Sir Alex said in New York, when asked if he ever wanted Paolo to play for United. “I got a shake of the head and that was all. He said 'my grandfather is Milan, my father is Milan, I am Milan and my son is Milan... forget it!'. The good part about it is that he [his father] has never talked to me about it. There was no chance though!"
Galliani: Milan not orphans, Berlusconi can keep them
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani commented on the ownership issues the club is having currently, as the Chinese takeover is being postponed continuously. “We’ve got clarity and we couldn’t finish everything by the first date, so we allowed two extensions, but I want to point out that Milan are not orphans,” Vice-President and CEO Galliani told Milan TV. “If the Chinese investors don’t arrive, it’s not as if Berlusconi wouldn’t be able to keep Milan going the way he has done for 31 years and I can assure you he is able to carry on," the Italian concluded. The singing of the contract with the Chinese investors is scheduled on April 7, 2017.
Tottenham join the race for Milan winger
Tottenham are the latest to join the race to sign AC Milan attacking midfielder Suso, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Spurs are understood to joined Atletico Madrid and Juventus in pursuit of the 23-year-old Spaniard. Gazzetta claim Suso, under contract at the San Siro until 2019, wants to stay with Milan his current deal, although, at this moment in time, the Rossoneri have no plans to extend his contract.
Juventus 2 – 1 Milan. All goals and highlights
Juventus and Milan have opened the Serie A week 28 with a dramatic match. Jose Sosa played by hand during the additional time, which caused his suspension and a late penalty. Paulo Dybala realized the penalty bringing another win to the team and strengthening the point lead over Roma (+11). Goals: Benatia 30' (1-0), Bacca 43' (1-1), Dybala 90+7' (p., 2-1)
Man Utd hold talks with Donnarumma agent
Manchester United have reportedly held talks with agent Mino Raiola over a possible move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. According to Calciomercato, the Red Devils are monitoring the youngster's progress and have held talks with Raiola, who enjoys a good relationship with the club having overseen deals to take Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Old Trafford last summer. The Premier League side are understood to be considering goalkeeping options in case Real Madrid's reported interest in David de Gea materialises into an official offer at the end of the season. Nevertheless, the Serie A side will not let the teenager leave the San Siro cheaply as they have put a £42m price tag on his head.
Marcelino held talks with Inter Milan earlier this season
Marcelino admits he held talks with Inter Milan earlier this season. The Spaniard interviewed for the job after the sacking of Frank de Boer, before the Serie A side eventually went with Stefano Pioli. "We were dealing with them, I was very close," said Marcelino. "But they have decided to take an Italian coach." Note that Marcelino remains a free agent after leaving Villarreal in August this season.
Fabregas on Milan radar
AC Milan will try to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas in the summer, reports the Daily Telegraph. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is also reportedly keeping tabs on the situation. The midfielder has emerged as a target for Milan, who are set to finally confirm their takeover by Chinese investors. The Telegraph claims a £27m bid will be Milan’s opening offer – with Mourinho set to consider a move if Chelsea indicate a willingness to sell.
Manchester United favorites to sign Italian ace
Manchester United are favourites to sign AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, reports the Daily Mirror. It’s understood United boss Jose Mourinho has highlighted the 18-year-old as a potential replacement for David de Gea, should he leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid in the future. Donnarumma – who has made 55 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri – has also emerged as a target for United’s rivals Manchester City. Donnarumma celebrates his 18th birthday days earlier and can now sign a professional contract with a foreign club. Apart from Manchester United, Real Madrid are also interested in his services and will try to bid for him in the coming summer.
Buffon wishes Donnarumma happy birthday
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon wished Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma happy birthday, as he turned 18 on Saturday, February 25. "Hello Gigio, It's Gigi. I wanted to wish you a very happy birthday, finally entering the world of greats as the great player you are," Buffon said via Sky Sport Italy. "For this, enjoy your age in the best possible way, the age of maturity. "You will understand that the world of greats is a difficult one but you have all the qualities, moral and human ones, to create an important space [for yourself], to be happy and define an era," the Juventus legend added. Gianluigi Buffon is currently the main goalkeeper of Italian national team, and Donnarumma is believed to take his place after his international retirement. Gianluigi Donnarumma has featured in 28 competitive Milan features of the current season, having conceded 33 goals.
Allegri might become Barcelona manager
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri might end up in Barcelona by the start of the next season, Calciomercato. com informs. Barcelona started to consider him as a possible replacement for their current head coach Luis Enrique, whose team do not yet show the best of their game in the season. The main reason for such an interest towards the Italian manager has come from Barcelona sporting director Ariedo Braida, which recommended Allegri, as they have worked together at Milan between 2010 and 2013. It has been previously reported that former PSG manager Laurent Blanc and current Everton head coach Ronald Koeman are also under Barcelona consideration.