April 23, 2008

AC Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani has admitted that he is still unsure whether a deal to sign Ronaldinho can be completed. Apparently Barcelona's asking price has stunned the Rossoneri.

Ronaldinho had seemed almost certain to join Milan until a couple of days ago, but now the move has hit a snag over the transfer fee, with Barça reportedly demanding $70 million.

"Concerning Ronaldinho, the situation remains the same," said Galliani. "I don't know if it will go through. We only do business if we consider the conditions appropriate. If this is the case, then good -- otherwise we'll change our objective."

He added, "We cannot pay what the Catalans are asking. The figure that we offered is far beyond $32 million."

Brushing aside Inter Milan's interest, he said, "Ronaldinho is wanted by other teams and not only Inter. I've been doing the market for many years and there's nothing new or strange.

"Shevchenko? We are still in April, we cannot talk about the market from January to September."

Galliani also stressed his belief that Milan can qualify for the Champions League, despite the fact it trails fourth-place Fiorentina by four points with just four games of the season to go.

"We still believe we can reach the fourth place, but the only way is if we win all our remaining games, then a lot will depend on what Fiorentina do," he stated. "We played a good match [in beating Reggina 5-1]. There's some regret due to the injuries that occurred to Kaká, Pato, Inzaghi, which blocked us in a difficult moment of the season."

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