NIGEL DE JONG seems to be getting closer and closer to Milan who have made an official offer today.
Adriano Galliani said the market is closed for Milan after the signing of Bojan Krkic on loan from Roma, but he probably was not speaking the truth as Milan appear to be close to getting Manchester City’s De Jong.
Milan are in need for a defensive midfielder as Massimo Ambrosini and Riccardo Montolivo appear to struggle to cope with this role; De Jong has been identified as the perfect man for this problematic role.
Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida and agent Giuseppe Riso, who helped Milan in the Carlos Tevez negotiations in January, landed in Manchester on Thursday afternoon to negotiate a deal with Roberto Mancini’s side. Mancini, who is reportedly already thinking about replacements, is ready to sell De Jong.
Sportmediaset reports that Manchester City value De Jong at around €8 million and Sky Sport Italia suggests that Milan have made a formal bid for the 27-year-old in the vanity of €4 million-€4.5 million (plus bonuses). La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Milan have already reached an agreement with the player who will sign a three-year contract. It’s also understood that he has told his teammates he’s going to Milan.
There is still no agreement with Manchester City but there is much optimism in the camp of Milan that they could seal the deal in the next 24 hours as the transfer market shuts down on tomorrow (Friday) evening.