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Saturday January 8 2011
'Ronaldinho decision within 24 hours'

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani reveals “Gremio have closed the gap” in the race for Ronaldinho and “a decision should be made within 24 hours.”

The player has been in Brazil for over a week now to oversee negotiations over his future, but there is a battle between Gremio and Flamengo for his signature.

“I am following the Ronaldinho issue like the oscillation of the stock market,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“On Friday morning, Gremio closed the gap on Flamengo, but I don't feel ready to call it one way or another. I hope a decision will be made within the next 24 hours.

“Our rapport with the player has always been affectionate and lasted for two and a half years. Ronaldinho asked for a return to Brazil to prepare for the 2014 World Cup and we made him happy. We salute him with great affection and respect.

“As for the rest of the strike force, I don't think there will be any other transfers. We'll see if there are some bargains in January.”

Antonio Cassano has joined as a replacement for Dinho, though so far there is nobody to step in for Pippo Inzaghi following his season-ending knee injury.

Gianluca Zambrotta will be out for a month after undergoing keyhole surgery on the meniscus ligament in his left knee.

Alessandro Nesta should return for Sunday's clash with Udinese, but Christian Abbiati looks set to miss out after a slight calf strain, handing the gloves to Marco Amelia.

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