NEWS
Thursday August 24 2017
Fassone: 'No Milan-Rafinha talks'

Milan CEO Marco Fassone won’t rule out another signing, but insists “there has been no contact with Barcelona for Rafinha.”

The Rossoneri have a 6-0 first leg lead as they visit Shkendija in the Europa League play-off this evening, so the focus was more on the transfer market.

He was first of all asked about M’Baye Niang, who handed in a medical certificate citing ‘stress’ for not attending training, as he rejected Spartak Moscow and wants to join Torino.

“I too received the certificate that said he was not feeling well,” Fassone told Mediaset Premium.

“I hope he feels better as soon as possible. This is the typical stress players suffer from, I hope he gets over it quickly, accepts good advice and can overcome this difficulty.”

There were reports in many newspapers today that Milan were in negotiations to take Rafinha from Barcelona, on loan with option to buy.

“You always name talented and important players, so I can only speak highly of them when asked. There has not been any contact with Barcelona for Rafinha.

“We are confident on the way the squad has been completed with the arrival of Nikola Kalinic. If there were to be any more sales, then we might do something on the market, otherwise I think the team is strong the way it is.

“If some players approve the proposals we are discussing at the moment, then we’ll see where we are and, in case we’re left open, we’ll try to intervene.”

Fassone also commented on the latest interview from Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, who raised questions about the Rossoneri funding.

“I was really disappointed when I read that, as I expected a more balanced judgment. He said the usual routine, but our debt is two and a half times as small as that of our cousins Inter. Facts count more than words.”