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Thursday May 26 2011
Ganso and Pastore no, Hamsik maybe

Milan will not sign Ganso or Javier Pastore this summer, but they have left the door slightly open for Marek Hamsik.

That's according to Vice-President Adriano Galliani who discussed transfer matters with journalists this afternoon.

Santos starlet Ganso has been linked in previous months, as has Palermo's creative Pastore, but Galliani noted they were not the type of player he is looking for.

"It seems to be that Ganso is not a left-sided midfielder and the same goes for Pastore," he said. "We already have two attacking midfielders in Kevin Prince Boateng and Clarence Seedorf.

"There is no Mr X or Mr Y, there is a need for a left-sided midfielder," he continued. "Asamoah of Udinese is one, Napoli's Hamsik is one, so is Gareth Bale and Rafael Van Der Vaart [Spurs]."

After distancing the Rossoneri from those two players, he also rejected claims that Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas was the real transfer target this summer.

"Fabregas is too expensive," he added. "It'll be difficult to sign a player from one of the big European teams.

"A visionary club has to find players before anyone else, as we did with Kaka by paying just €7m for him."

A report in the Gazzetta dello Sport today suggested that Milan were keen on Hamsik and Galliani couldn't rule out a swoop.

"He can be discounted totally, but we have never asked Napoli for him. Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is right about that."

Galliani also confirmed that Antonio Cassano is going nowhere after holding talks with his agent yesterday. "Cassano will stay with us, he has a contract until 2014."

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