AC Milan reportedly agrees to fee for Brazilian striker Ronaldo
Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007
MILAN, Italy (AP) – AC Milan has made Real Madrid an offer for Ronaldo.
“We are sending an offer for Ronaldo. We are shopping so we’ll see,” Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said Thursday. “Everything of course will be down to a medical (exam), so we have plenty to do yet.”
Galliani added that “there is still a chance” that Ronaldo would attend the first leg of Milan’s Italian Cup semifinal match against AS Roma at San Siro on Thursday.
Galliani and Madrid official Franco Baldini reached a verbal agreement for the Brazil forward late Wednesday for about seven million euros (C$10.7 million), Italian news agency ANSA reported.
“We are still waiting for a written offer from Milan,” Baldini was quoted as saying Thursday morning by ANSA. “If it arrives in the morning and is considered reasonable, Ronaldo could leave for Milan today.”
Spanish news agency Efe said Ronaldo was at Madrid’s training Thursday morning, and showed no sign his transfer was imminent. It added that the 30-year-old Brazil striker did not bid his teammates farewell or collect his belongings.
But Efe did report that Ronaldo sent a text message to Galliani on Wednesday.
“I’ll arrive, pass the medical and go to the stadium with my new president,” Efe quoted him as saying.
Baldini did not divulge financial details of the agreement but said that “it’s a long way from the eight million euros (C$12.2 million) that Real is asking to release Ronaldo,” ANSA reported.
Spanish daily El Mundo cited a figure closer to six million euros (C$9.2 million) and reported that Ronaldo will be offered a 1½-year contract with the Rossoneri – the same length as the remainder of his contract at Madrid.
Regardless, both transfer fees represent a significant discount on Milan’s unsuccessful offer of 22 million euros (C$33.6 million) five months ago.
Ronaldo has six days remaining in the January transfer window to switch clubs. Otherwise, he will have to stay at Madrid at least until the end of the season.
The forward, who hasn’t been picked for Madrid since the Jan. 7 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna, said Monday his difficulties with coach Fabio Capello seem set to force him out of the club.
A move to Milan would take Ronaldo back to the city where he spent five years with rival Inter Milan. He joined Madrid in 2002, winning the Spanish league at the end of his first season – his last major title.
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