Milan chief Adriano Galliani says he has no regrets about missing out on Carlos Tevez after the latter joined Scudetto rivals Juventus.
The Diavolo have been in talks about possibly signing the Argentine since January 2012, but the striker has now completed a move to the Old Lady.
“It wasn’t a transfer that has wiped the smile off my face,” Galliani told journalists outside of the Lega Calcio offices. “Seeing Tevez in a Juventus shirt has no effect on me.
“Tevez said that Juventus wanted him more than Milan? That is the truth. We stopped because nobody left.
“We have five attackers who numerically and quality wise are more than sufficient, so it is therefore obvious that nobody could come in if someone didn’t head out.
“We’ve said for some time that we can’t buy if we don’t sell.
“We’ll start with the five attackers that we have – Mario Balotelli, Giampaolo Pazzini, Stephan El Shaarawy, Robinho and M’Baye Niang. They offer us certainties.”
After losing out on the now ex-Manchester City player, the Rossoneri have been linked with a move for CSKA’s Keisuke Honda.
“There is no agreement for Honda,” the official added. “As I’ve said, he can only be signed if someone is sold.”
Players being linked with exits are Kevin Prince Boateng and Robinho, with the latter a known target for former club Santos.
“There have been no offers for Boateng. Robinho? The market in Brazil is at a standstill. With everything that is happening in Brazil right now, it is hard for clubs to spend big on players.”
Galliani also admitted that their proposed move for Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli depends on contract talks with Mathieu Flamini.
“Flamini wants to stay at Milan and we would be happy for him to remain, but the player is asking for a certain salary and contract duration. We have different ideas.
“If the player lowers his demands then he will stay, otherwise he’ll go.
“Poli? I don’t know. If Flamini stays then we will be well covered in that area.”
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