AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that Arsenal's asking price for striker Emmanuel Adebayor remains too expensive to consider an approach.
On Friday Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger let the San Siro club know that he was prepared to discuss the possibility of the Togo striker moving from north London to northern Italy. However, Galliani feels that the requested fee of 28 million euros remains too high for a club that will not have UEFA Champions League income to look forward to in the 2008-09-season.
"We've stopped dealing with Wenger and have to reconfirm that up to now Milan has above all important sacrifices to make in negotiations with its current players, starting with Kaka," he said.
The paper does, though, suggest that there may be a surprise-return to San Siro for Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, albeit in a loan move. The Ukrainian striker scored 127 goals in 208 matches for AC Milan between 1999 and 2006, but has failed to settle in southwest London since he moved there following the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.
He has often been linked with a second spell in the red and black half of Milan throughout his two-year stay in England. Should he make the move, Shevchenko will not necessarily find life any easier second time around as he will have to battle for a place in the starting line-up with Filippo Inzaghi, Ronaldo and youngsters Alexander Pato and Alberto Paloschi.