Milan deny Blues Sheva bid talk
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Rossoneri have never denied that Chelsea enquired about the availability of Shevchenko, but stressed that The Blues backed off when informed he was not for sale at any price.
The statements failed to stop the rumours and media reports last weekend suggested moneybags Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had offered é¼50 million plus Hernan Crespo for Shevchenko.
Milan have poured cold water on the reports, with vice president Adriano Galliani saying: "The news is pure fantasy.
"When Abramovich enquired about Sheva, we told him that Milan don't sell their best players and he never made an offer.
"The same thing applies to Rui Costa also."
Galliani also moved to play down reports of the possibility of keeper Christian Abbiati moving on.
"Abbiati never asked to leave, so he will stay," said Galliani.
"Marco Borriello will probably leave and be replaced by Kutuzov."
Vitaly Kutuzov is owned by Milan and made a fine impression during a stint at Avellino, netting 15 goals in Serie B.