Thursday July 19 2012
‘Top players won’t come to Italy’

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has admitted that Italian football has lost the ability to sign ready-made great players.

Speaking after selling Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain, he underlined that Italian clubs don’t have what is needed to attract the world’s best.

“I agree with Mino Raiola, the agent of Ibrahimovic, who says that top players are no longer coming to Italy,” the official conceded.

With Ibra gone, Galliani is now looking for a new forward and there were rumours of a possible bid for Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic.

“I had lunch with Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade,” Galliani noted. “We are old friends, but we didn’t speak about Jovetic.”

The Viola have insisted that any club interested in the Montenegrin international will have to pay €30m. Juventus are keen, but not at that price.