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Mario Balotelli helps AC Milan beat Chievo 1-0

Balotelli inspires Milan to victory over Chievo as race for Champions League spots hots up

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20:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

Mario Balotelli helped AC Milan take a huge step towards securing Champions League football by playing a major role in the Rossoneri’s win over Chievo Verona.

Milan moved provisionally into second place in Serie A after they won 1-0 and Fiorentina and Roma both lost.

The win lifts Milan six points above fourth-place Fiorentina as the race for next seasons Champions League hots up.

Helping hand: Mario Balotelli played his part in Milan's win

Helping hand: Mario Balotelli played his part in Milan's win

Beating his man: Balotelli skips past Luca Rigoni

Beating his man: Balotelli skips past Luca Rigoni

Celebration time: AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo celebrates with Balotelli and teammates after scoring

Celebration time: AC Milan's midfielder Riccardo Montolivo celebrates with Balotelli and teammates after scoring

Chievo goalkeeper Christian Puggioni could only parry Balotelli's fierce free kick and Riccardo Montolivo was quickest to react and smashed home the rebound.

Dario Dainelli was sent off for Chievo following a second booking 13 minutes from time.

Brazilian star Kaka should make summer move to United States, says his brother

Brazilian star Kaka dreaming of summer move to United States, says his brother

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20:13 GMT, 28 February 2013

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20:43 GMT, 28 February 2013

Real Madrid outcast Kaka has set his sights on a move to America, according to his brother Digao.

The former AC Milan playmaker has
been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer after the
Rossoneri failed to re-sign him in the January transfer window due to
financial reasons.

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

American dream: Real Madrid's Kaka could be on his way to MLS

Kaka has expressed interest in moving to the MLS and younger brother Digao, a defender with the New York Red Bulls, has been taking steps to persuade him to join him.

'It's hard to say. Football changes very rapidly. It is a dream that he has, to come and play in the USA, and hopefully it will come true soon,' Digao told Goal.com.

'I think he's been very curious about football in the United States and New York and about my experience living here.

'I've been relaying good things to him. He's expressed his interest in one day playing in the United States.'

AC Milan reject chance to re-sign David Beckham

AC Milan reject chance to re-sign Beckham after midfielder set his heart on Italian job

By
Dave Wood

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08:21 GMT, 16 January 2013

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10:05 GMT, 16 January 2013

David Beckham had set his sights on
ending his glittering career with AC Milan but the Serie A giants turned down the chance to sign the veteran midfielder for a third time.

The 37-year-old had been expected to reveal
his next move on Tuesday amid interest from 12 clubs in England,
Europe, China, Australia and the Middle East.

But Beckham's dream was an Italian swansong and his representatives approached the Rossoneri about a third spell at the San Siro, according to reports in Italy.

Under his hat: David Beckham was not giving anything away in London on Tuesday

Under his hat: David Beckham was not giving anything away in London on Tuesday

Sky Italia claimed on Wednesday Milan had turned down the chance to re-sign Beckham despite Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reporting the Serie A club were still considering the proposal.

Beckham played for Milan on loan from LA Galaxy in 2009 and 2010, taking advantage of the MLS close season from January to June.

The fomrer England captain finished his career in America in June, winning the MLS Cup last year in his final match for the LA Galaxy.

Monaco ended their interest in signing Beckham after the French Second Division side balked at his excessive wage demands.

San hero: Beckham has already enjoyed two successful spells in Milan

San hero: Beckham has already enjoyed two successful spells in Milan

West Ham and QPR had also expressed interest in Beckham and he has moved his family into a 20milllion mansion in south London.

But
he is likely to snub both offers given the clubs' current predicament
in the Premier League and the fact he has said he could never play for
another English team after Manchester United.

Paris
Saint-Germain would be attractive to Beckham given their involvement in
the Champions League and his close links to director Leonardo, whom the
midfielder worked with at AC Milan.

Russian
club Anzhi Makhachkala are also interested in signing the former Real
Madrid man, with other options including big-money moves to China or
Australia, as Didier Drogba and Alessandro Del Piero have done in recent
months.

Didier Drogba should join Milan, says Marcello Lippi

He's a beast! Lippi urges Milan to splash big money on former Chelsea striker Drogba

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11:33 GMT, 29 December 2012

Marcello Lippi has described Didier Drogba as ‘a beast’, insisting Milan should buy him, despite his price tag.

The Guangzhou Evergrande boss, who has been linked with Real Madrid, has been highly impressed with Drogba’s performances for Shanghai Shenhua.

But Milan bosses have already said he is too expensive.

Beast: Didier Drogba (right) should join Milan, according to former Italy manager Marcello Lippi

Beast: Didier Drogba (right) should join Milan, according to former Italy manager Marcello Lippi

The Ivory Coast international has been training with Chelsea during the Chinese Premier League’s close season and is still likely to leave before the next campaign.

‘If both Robinho and Alexandre Pato are really going to leave Milan, then I would see Drogba doing better for the Rossoneri than Juventus,’ Lippi told Gazzetta dello Sport.

‘He has played against our team and is still a beast. He makes a real difference on the field. Drogba would therefore be a valuable addition to the squad both in Serie A and the Champions League.’

The former Italian coach can also envisage him pairing up well with Stephan El Shaarawy, but knows Drogba will drive an exceptionally hard bargain.

Impressed: Drogba (right) has been in excellent form since joining Shanghai from Chelsea

Impressed: Drogba (right) has been in excellent form since joining Shanghai from Chelsea

One more time The last time Drogba played in Europe, he scored the winning penalty against Bayern Munich int he Champions League final

One more time The last time Drogba played in Europe, he scored the winning penalty against Bayern Munich int he Champions League final

‘I think, technically speaking, he would form a great partnership with El Shaarawy.

‘But, he did not follow his heart or, indeed, make a footballing decision when he decided to go to China.

‘He earns one million euro a month. Who can imagine he will agree to halve his wages to play in Italy’

AC Milan want Chelsea target Pep Guardiola as next manager

EXCLUSIVE: AC Milan put Man City and Chelsea on red alert with bid to land Guardiola

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15:09 GMT, 13 November 2012

AC Milan have intensified their attempts to beat Chelsea and Manchester City to Pep Guardiola.

Sportsmail understands San Siro officials have made discreet overtures to the former Barcelona manager with regards to becoming their next boss.

Current incumbent Massimiliano Allegri is under increasing pressure after a sorry start to their Serie A season and a far from convincing opening to the club’s Champions League campaign.

Flying the flag: Guardiola is currently on a sabbatical with his family in New York

Flying the flag: Guardiola is currently on a sabbatical with his family in New York

And Guardiola is the overwhelming choice to replace Allegri amongst numerous Milan officials, with many wanting him in place as early as January.

Vice-president Adriano Galliani publicly backed Allegri on Monday, but in doing so said: ‘It is obvious we are not happy.’

Guardiola, who is midway through a 12 month sabbatical, has always maintained he will not return to football until next season.

And the Spaniard’s advisers have reinforced that view to the Rossoneri, insisting the 41-year-old will not consider any approach at the moment.

But the Italian club are keen to move quickly as they look to steal a march on Chelsea and Manchester City, who are both taking a keen interest in Guardiola.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich views Guardiola as his dream managerial appointment, despite the fact Roberto Di Matteo led the club to a Champions League and FA Cup double last season.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed last week that the former Spain midfielder’s favoured destination is Stamford Bridge.

Under fire: AC Milan have made an insipid start to the season under Allegri

Under fire: AC Milan have made an insipid start to the season under Allegri

Likewise, City’s Arab owners are huge admirers of Guardiola and with Roberto Mancini’s future far from secure, the Etihad Stadium club are also being kept in the loop with regards to the Spaniard’s future.

The Premier League champions' chances of landing Guardiola seemed to have improved after the appointment of City’s new chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain, who worked with the sought after boss at the Nou Camp.

Alberto Aquilani staying at Liverpool this summer

Aquilani to fight for Anfield future under Rodgers as Italian rules out Milan

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09:08 GMT, 13 July 2012

Staying put: Alberto Aquilani will remain at Liverpool

Staying put: Alberto Aquilani will remain at Liverpool

Alberto Aquilani will attempt to revive his Anfield career and stay at Liverpool this summer.

The 28-year-old failed to settle following his 17million arrival from Roma in 2009 and has spent two loan spells back in his native Italy with Juventus and AC Milan since.

But after returning from the San Siro, the Italian midfielder is ready to fight for his return in a Reds shirt under new manager Brendan Rodgers after his agent reiterated his client will not be heading back to Serie A.

'Aquilani will remain at Liverpool,' his agent Franco Zavaglia said to www.calcionews24.com.

'He has a contract and hence there is nothing new.'

Aquilani has two years remaining on his contract with the club but has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield this summer.

He spent last season on loan at Milan but the Rossoneri turned down their option to buy him permanently last month.

'I would say that at this point the chances that he could go back to Milan are impossible,' Zavaglia added.

'Other clubs I reiterate, he will remain at Liverpool.'

Aquilani has played just 28 matches for Liverpool since he arrived three years ago.

AC Milan keen on Andy Carroll loan move

Italian job: AC Milan line up move for Liverpool striker Carroll… but only on loan

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23:15 GMT, 8 July 2012

Italian giants AC Milan are weighing up a loan move for Liverpool’s Andy Carroll.

The strikers’ name came up when the two clubs were talking about midfielder Alberto Aquilani return to Merseyside following a year in Milan.

The son of Milan president and former Italian Prime Mininster Silvio Berlusconi – Pier Silvio – is understood to be a fan of the ex-Newcastle man following his performances at Euro 2012.

Loan move: Andy Carroll came on a substitute in England's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat to Italy in Kiev

Loan move: Andy Carroll came on a substitute in England's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat to Italy in Kiev

He is reported as saying in The Sun: 'This is a new era for Milan.

'We will continue to get younger while maintaining the culture.

'Milan still has its superstars but I’d like to have Carroll at Milan. I was impressed with his strength and his headed goal against Sweden.'

According to reports in Italy, Berlusconi is ‘seriously considering’ taking his son’s advice, especially as Carroll might not feature highly in new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers’ plans for this season.

However one story carried on the website of a TV channel owned by media tycoon Berlusconi Jnr hinted that Carroll’s 35million price-tag would make a permanent move unlikely at this stage.

Target man: AC Milan are interested in signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll

Target man: AC Milan are interested in signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll

Swapping kits Carroll could play in the famous red and black next season

Swapping kits Carroll could play in the famous red and black next season

Due to the economic crisis it is thought that any deal would be a loan to begin with and then possibly a permanent one once the San Siro club can sell on Brazilian star Robinho.

The Rossoneri have lost a host of big names this summer with Filippo Inzaghi, 38, Clarence Seedorf, 36, Mark van Bommel, 35, and 34-year-old Gennaro Gattuso all leaving on free transfers.

Former England striker Mark Hateley, who played for Milan for 3 years in the mid-80s believes that a move to Italy would be perfect for Carroll.

‘It would be breath of fresh air for Andy Carroll,' he told talkSPORT recently.

‘It would be great to go away and test himself in a new environment, a new culture and a different way of living.

‘That was key for my development when I was so young.

'They teach you the game inside and out, that’s what they do in these countries, especially Italy. Big strikers have always been a handful. It would be great for Andy and…it’ll be great for England.

High jump: Carroll impressed for England against Sweden at Euro 2012

High jump: Carroll impressed for England against Sweden at Euro 2012

‘At his age you’re still very young and very raw. He’s got great strengths in his game already but he still has a lot of weaknesses.

‘They (Milan) can deconstruct his game and build it back up again to the way a European centre-forward should be.’

Alberto Aquilani returning to Liverpool

Aquilani set for Liverpool return as Italian midfielder fails to attract offers

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11:19 GMT, 20 June 2012

Alberto Aquilani is set to return to Liverpool with the Italian midfielder having received no offers from other clubs.

Aquilani, who played on loan at AC Milan this season, is under contract with Liverpool until June 2014.

Reports in Italy claimed Aquilani would terminate his contract with the Reds outfit in order to make his move to Milan permanent this summer, something his agent has vehemently denied.

Remember me Alberto Aquilani (right) last played for Liverpool in pre-season

Remember me Alberto Aquilani (right) last played for Liverpool in pre-season

'Almost certainly he will not terminate his contract with Liverpool,' Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia said to Sportitalia.

'He could join them (Liverpool) at the beginning of July to start pre-season training with the English club. At this time there are no clubs interested in him.'

The 27-year-old Aquilani moved to Anfield in 2009 in a 20million transfer from Roma.

He endured a disappointing spell before being loaned to Juventus in the 2010-11 campaign and signed for AC Milan on a one-year loan deal last summer.

Aquilani scored one goal in 23 league appearances for the Rossoneri this season.

AC Milan give up on Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

AC Milan drop their pursuit of Manchester City striker Balotelli

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09:16 GMT, 20 June 2012

Super Mario: Milan want to sign Balotelli

Super Mario: Milan want to sign Balotelli

AC Milan have given up on luring Mario Balotelli back to Italy… for now.

The Serie A giants have made no secret
of their desire to sign the Manchester City striker, who scored for Italy in the 2-0 victory against the
Republic of Ireland on Monday night.

Balotelli is a boyhood fan of the Rossoneri, even
courting controversy by wearing the club’s colours while an Inter Milan
player.

But chief executive Adriano Galliani has ruled out breaking up the happy relationship between Manchester City and Balotelli.

'Mario to AC Milan he said. 'No, no, not AC Milan, Manchester City is his. Do they make a good couple Yes, a nice couple.'

AC Milan reject PSG Thiago Silva bid

Milan reject 37.5m bid from PSG for superstar defender Thiago Silva

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09:07 GMT, 15 June 2012

AC Milan have turned down an offer of nearly 46million euros (37.5m) from Paris St Germain for coveted defender Thiago Silva.

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has been locked in talks this week with PSG executives regarding the possible sale of the Brazil international to the Ligue 1 side.

However, club owner Silvio Berlusconi confirmed that Milan have rebuffed an 'extraordinary' offer from the French club and insisted Silva will remain at the San Siro next season.

No dice: Thiago Silva looks like he will be kept at Milan

No dice: Thiago Silva looks like he will be kept at Milan

'We have not changed our mind,' Berlusconi said to SportItalia. 'We had no intention of selling the player but we had received an extraordinary offer from PSG.

'We have always been clear and PSG should not feel let down.

'We told them from the start that we would take a decision once we had looked at the offer and seen what is out there in the market in terms of finding a possible replacement.

'They made us a very interesting offer, close to 46million euros.

'We considered the possibility (to sell) and we looked at the central defenders that would replace Thiago Silva but we haven't found an adequate player.

'The old heart of Silvio Berlusconi has allowed us to reject this offer.'

Silva joined AC Milan from Fluminense in December 2008 in a deal worth under 10million euros.

Best: AC Milan say Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) is the best striker around

Best: AC Milan say Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) is the best striker around

He is under contract with the Rossoneri until June 2016.

Silva's agent Paolo Tonietto said yesterday that if the 27-year-old was to remain with the Italian club then he would expect Milan to offer him a new contract.

The South American reportedly gets four million euros per season, five million euros less than the club's highest-paid player Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Milan are ready to placate him.

'Thiago Silva is a great man and we can find an easy solution,” Berlusconi said. 'We hope to have the best defence next season.'

Berlusconi also brushed aside reports that Ibrahimovic will move away from the San Siro this summer.

Ibrahimovic was linked with a move to PSG and Manchester City this summer.

'Regarding Ibra (Ibrahimovic), he will also remain because he is the best in his position,' Berlusconi said.