AC Milan to sign Honda from CSKA Moscow

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AC Milan are to complete the capture of long-term Arsenal and Liverpool target Keisuke Honda from CSKA Moscow when the transfer window opens next month, the club's vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed.

The Japan international has frequently been linked with a transfer to a major European club since starring for his country at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but, until now, CSKA have been able to retain his services.

Arsenal and Liverpool are two of the most prominent sides to have been credited with interest in Honda, with reports earlier this season claiming Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers were considering moves.

However, the 27-year-old will not be arriving at the Emirates Stadium or Anfield, but instead will clinch a transfer to the San Siro once the window opens once again in January.

"Honda will be a Milan player per January 3 and will wear the No.10 jersey," Galliani told reporters.

"We can finally end the secrecy. The deal can be made official now.

"I do not know whether he will already be available on January 6 [against Atalanta] due to all the paperwork that will have to be sorted."

Honda has scored 28 goals in his 121 appearances for CSKA, while he has found the net 20 times in 52 matches for Japan.

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