Milan confirm Baptista interest
Milan have confirmed that they are interested in signing Real Madrid's Julio Baptista.
By Peter O'Rourke
Last Updated: 31/07/07 5:33pm
Milan have confirmed that they are interested in signing Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista.
Rossoneri boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bolster his attacking options and has made Baptista one of his top targets.
Baptista's future at Real looks uncertain after he spent last season on loan at Arsenal.
The burly forward is now back at El Santiago Bernabeu after failing to win a permanent move to Arsenal.
Milan and Real officials are thought to have met last week to discuss a possible deal for Baptista and the Italian's vice-president Adriano Galliani has admitted they would like to sign the Brazilian on loan with the option to make the move permanent.
"The situation is very clear, if Real are willing to let him leave on a loan deal with a buy-out option we can strike a deal," said Galliani.
"Otherwise we will make no changes and play with Clarence Seedorf, Kaka, Ronaldo, Pippo Inzaghi and Alberto Gilardino, which isn't bad at all."
Galliani also rejected rumours that Real were preparing a record-breaking offer for Kaka.
Real have been continually linked with the classy forward, but Galliani is adamant the player is going nowhere.
"Kaka? No Real official asked for him or included Baptista in an offer for him, they know that he cannot be bought and that we will keep him for at least four more years," added Galliani.