Date:Wednesday July 9 2008
Before last season had even ended AC Milan had been heavily focussed on things Arsenal. Flamini wages were gazumped to a level that didn`t make sense for us and seemingly only Milan were prepared to go as high as they did. Of course for Milan they may see it as a no lose situation. They can show the world that even though they were comprehensively beaten they can still top their conquerors by attracting one of their players. Beaten but not vanquished if you like. For Milan they would reckon that at the very least they could sell Flamini in a years time and maybe recover their money and if they are lucky maybe more. Not perhaps fully appreciating just how financially aware Flamini has shown himself to be.
Such a proposition on its own would be foolish though. Just a fanciful notion of a gooner trying to justify a circumstance that has gone against them. Except that there is just a little more to it all.
Milan have been targetting Adebayor. Even at one time claiming that he was their only transfer target of the summer. Telling the footballing world and sporting press that they had written to Arsenal. Then for weeks they have publicly discussed the fact that they can`t afford the fee that Arsenal were seeking revealing that some sort of discussion was underway. Claiming also that they had a 50% chance of winning Adebayor if Barcelona couldn`t raise the money. Now Milan Chairman, the oleaginous Galliani, has revealed that he has received a letter from Arsenal Football Club. At the same time claiming that he now has other transfer targets including Pavlyuchenko.
"I have a scoop," said Galliani on Italian television "I have received a letter from Arsenal that says, 'Following our communication of June 13, in which we informed you we were not willing to deal over Adebayor, now we are writing to tell you that we will consider a deal if it still interests you'." Why the need to reveal this if they were at all genuinely interested in signing the player? At best it is an extremely discourteous act towards a fellow professional club. It is also totally unnecessary, as it was an open secret if fees were being discussed that there was some dialogue already between the clubs. So what`s the motivation? Are Milan trying to prove to their fans and themselves that last seasons failure hasn`t hurt them? That they aren`t financially compromised as a consequence of their failure? Strange behaviour indeed for a big club. Whatever the reason to me it is the action of a man, and by association a club, without true class.
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Date:Wednesday July 9 2008
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