United on red alert as Milan pull out of race for Real Madrid striker Huntelaar
08 July 2009 01:37
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Manchester United's hopes of signing Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have been boosted today by the news that AC Milan are no longer interested in him and only want to sign Sevilla forward Luis Fabiano instead.
The Rossoneri revealed earlier this week that offers had been made for both Huntelaar and Fabiano, both of whom have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
However, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has now confirmed the club have ducked out of the race to sign Dutchman Huntelaar, who is deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu following the arrivals of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
'At this point there is only one negotiation standing, and that is Luis Fabiano,' Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport. 'Our coach (Leonardo) prefers Luis Fabiano to Huntelaar.'
Galliani admitted luring Brazil international Fabiano to the San Siro will be no easy task, with the 28-year-old's buy-out clause set at 30million euros.
'Several million euros separate us from him,' Galliani continued. 'The difference is still there and there's little to say with the exception that we need to reach an agreement on the transfer figure.'
Fabiano, top goalscorer at the recent Confederations Cup in South Africa, is under contract at Sevilla for two further seasons.
Galliani confirmed that once Milan sign a striker, their summer transfer dealings will be completed. American defender Oguchi Onyewu has so far been the only new arrival at the club since the transfer window re-opened.