AC Milan have confirmed they will sign Liverpool target Antonio Cassano next month, with question marks over the future of Ronaldinho.
Controversial striker Cassano will officially join the Rossoneri on January 2 after taking a pay cut to join the Italian giants.
Milan apparently fought off competition from Liverpool, Manchester City and Fiorentina to sign the 28-year-old on a three and a half year contract.
Cassano has had a chequered past and feel out with Berlusconi’s Sampdoria counterpart Riccardo Garrone and having a court battle with his club.
Sampdoria had tried to annul Cassano’s contract but have now come to beneficial arrangement where the Italian will join Serie A rivals Milan.
Liverpool had reportedly been monitoring the situation with the view to trying to bring Cassano to Anfield on a free transfer next month.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has made a left winger or striker his top priority in January and was hoping he could pull off a coup by bringing the player widely recognised as the best of Italy’s current crop.
However, Milan and Italy president Silvio Berlusconi is delighted with the signing, announcing: “Yes. We will be signing Cassano. I am also very happy with how the side are playing.”
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