Milan to bid for Ronaldinho
Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed they will try and buy Ronaldinho.
Last Updated: 05/04/08 2:47pm
Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed that the Italian giants are in the hunt for Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho.
His comments come after Milan's coach Carlo Ancelotti spoke of his desire to bring the superstar to the San Siro.
The 2004 and 2005 Fifa World Player of the Year has endured a torrid season at Barcelona, where his contract runs until 2010, and he is currently ruled out for six weeks.
Berlusconi believes the 28-year-old can be lured to Milan and when asked whether he would come, the Rossoneri president told Italian press agency Ansa: "I hope yes, I believe yes.
"We will try and buy him."
Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that the price they would be prepared to pay is 20million euros, adding there has been a meeting between Ronaldinho's brother and agent Roberto Assis and Adriano Galliani, the number two to Berlusconi at Milan.
The speculation comes as Milan are expected to overhaul their squad in the summer following their early exit from the UEFA Champions League and poor domestic campaign.
Adding to the speculation, coach Ancelotti spoke this week of his admiration of the Brazilian wizard, saying: "Ronaldinho is a great player. Milan's interest in him has been there for a long time.
"At this time he is a Barcelona player and the club is evaluating the development of this situation. He is a champion that interests several clubs."
English sides Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are believed to be among other clubs watching the situation.