Liverpool dealt blow as strike ace signs for Milan

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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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