Japanese international Keisuke Honda is set to sign for Serie A giants AC Milan on a free transfer in January, reports SkySports.
The 27-year-old, who impressed at the recent Confederations Cup, has entered the final six months of his contract at current club CSKA Moscow and is therefore free to discuss a move away from Russia with potential suitors.
He is an attractive transfer prospect as he is not only an extremely talented footballer but also provides a pathway into the Asian market, which is vast, and can provide a windfall in revenue through shirt sales and merchandise.
Honda, who operates behind the strikers, is an experienced international who possesses sublime technical ability, a good range of passing and an explosive left foot.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed the club's interest in Honda and was undeterred at the prospect of the CSKA star being ineligible to play in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League.
"I strongly wish that Honda could arrive at Milan during the January window," he said.
"If he isn't able to play in the Champions League, he will be like Balotelli, who arrived in January and didn't play in the Champions League."
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