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Are Milan Still Smarting?

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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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 9 2008

Time: 12:16AM

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And you lot call chelsea classless...
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09/07/2008 00:36:00

yeah ok... how again had they recieved a transfer fee/price tag on adebayor that they couldnt afford if they have only now recieved a letter from us???
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09/07/2008 00:47:00

Yeah Kev, but remember the sins of others do not absolve you from your own : ) Amos, great word, oleaginous- perfectly describes Galliani, Calderon, Usmanov, Kenyon, Dein, many others. But I agree, he's talkin' the talk but not walkin' the walk- it doesn't matter who he says he's going to sign, I'm sure the fans are aware that under his watch Milan missed the Champions League for the first time in years, if ever.
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09/07/2008 00:47:00

I thought Wenger sent them a fax to f--- off? Why would Arsene have changed his mind. Me thinks this guy is just lying to try and stir up more crap between Arsenal and Ade because they are desperate.
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09/07/2008 01:55:00

I'n through with transfers this summer. Until the 1st September I will be considering anyone who talks / prints / claims anything about transfer to be a lying sack of *****. I don't care if it's AW himself, it's all lies. There, I'm done. Roll on the season.
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09/07/2008 02:42:00

The general consensus among Arsenal fans is that, they want him to leave for the 30 odd mil you could be getting. Almost like the 70 odd mil we could be getting for Ronaldo! I say WE CASH IN!
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09/07/2008 04:15:00

sell all the best players, make the spanish and italian leagues the best in world!
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09/07/2008 08:55:00

How many times can you say you can't afford something publicly? Surely you just say it once? I can't afford a recording studio, but I don't repeat it like a mantra everyday in the hope someone will take pity on me and buy me one. More boring tactics. Roll on August 16th. Pleeeeeease.
Little Dutch
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09/07/2008 09:08:00

Unfortunatly in this day and age esepcially with the internet, news and rumours are multiplied by 100. Then people like Calderon and Galliani will say some cr*p to stir it all up every few days. So far on Ronaldo we have heard rumours from his mother, sister, best friend, physio, dog, lobster etc. Each says something slightly different, and oh so tedious
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09/07/2008 09:57:00

Has he got a lobster Paul?What a strange man.
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09/07/2008 12:46:00

Actually, paul, I don't think we've heard from Cronaldo's lobster yet...the British media can't do human translations (witness the stupidity of their take on Hleb's interview), never mind lobster-speak...pity too, because I hear that's who Cronaldo really confides in.
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09/07/2008 13:30:00

lobster.... POMROTFLMAO...
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09/07/2008 13:51:00

You know, I wonder if Milan are just cooking up interest in Adebayor to influence the price of Ronaldinho. To make Barca think they don't really need him, if barca's price is too high they'll go fro Adebyebye, so they say, so Barca come down with the price. Ronnie won't really go to manCity right?
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10/07/2008 09:14:00

I think there is probably a lot of truth in your speculation Amos - AC were humiliated by us and disrupting our team in this way is by way of making them feel better about themselves. They took Flam because he was free and greedy. I think they are publicly playing with Ade and will pull out of this supposed interest at the 11th hour. Just as Laporta was using Ade to bolster his position prior to the vote of no confidence. It's interesting how quiet things are now that he is still in place, whilst their real target Hleb attracted very little speculation in the Spanish media until now when it seems to be close to conclusion. I note that neither of them attempted to use Cesc in this way because they knew he was likely to give them short shrift (he is not interested in UEFA cup football or sitting on Barca's bench) whereas Ade and his agents are much more easily manipulated because they could use this supposed interest to ask for a ridiculous pay increase.
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10/07/2008 13:29:00

Milan fans are revolting! Against Berlusconi that is. They have started a petition to persuade him to sell the club as it is so poorly managed and resourced. At present the petition has more than 10,000 signatures - about 20% of their average matchday attendances. There is a degree of turmoil about the place. Not the club an ambitious footballer should be rushing to join I would have thought.
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12/07/2008 10:37:00


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