Galliani reveals Dzeko deadline
Adriano Galliani will wait 48 hours before turning his attention to an alternative to Edin Dzeko.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 29/06/09 9:29am
AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani will wait another 48 hours before turning his attention to an alternative to Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.
Bosnia international Dzeko stated on Sunday that he is resigned to staying at Wolfsburg, despite openly admitting that he desires a move to Milan.
The Bundesliga champions have made it clear they wish to retain the services of Dzeko, who netted 26 goals last season.
Galliani has refused to give up hope of landing Dzeko but will consider other targets, such as Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor and Sevilla's Luis Fabiano, later this week.
"The attacker has spoken very clearly. He wants to come to Milan and Wolfsburg know this very well also through an official letter saying that we are interested in acquiring him," Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Edin has a contract until 2011 and it's up to Wolfsburg to decide whether to sell him or not. They continue to say that they won't do it, but I will wait before going down alternative routes.
"In the market, patience has a value. From today, I will wait another 48 hours. Only from Thursday will I eventually take into consideration other hypotheses.
"We know that it's difficult to deal with a player who strongly wants to go away, but we are not a club that steals other people's players.
"It doesn't depend on the amount. The 'no' of Wolfsburg has up until now always been a principal."