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Wednesday January 23 2013
'Abate to Zenit for Balotelli funds'

Ignazio Abate’s agent has told Zenit he is available “if they raise their offer, considering Milan are looking for cash to take Mario Balotelli.”

It was known that the Russian side had made a proposal for the full-back, who is wanted by Coach Luciano Spalletti.

“We thank Zenit and Spalletti for their interest, but the lad will remain in Italy with Milan,” agent Claudio Pasqualin told Personal Press.

“If Zenit raise their offer, then maybe something will change, considering Milan are looking for cash to take Mario Balotelli.”

It had already been reported that the Rossoneri were ready to sell Abate and Robinho in the January transfer window to raise funds for the Manchester City striker, but this is the first time it has been confirmed by an agent close to the club.

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