Agent Ernesto Bronzetti reveals CSKA Moscow “changed their minds” over Keisuke Honda and Milan did not break the rules.
The Rossoneri already have a deal in place to sign Honda when his contract expires on December 31, but have been trying to bring him in six months early.
Talks appear to have broken down and the Russian club accused Milan of acting unfairly in the negotiations.
“Milan did not behave unfairly on Honda, as it was CSKA Moscow who changed their minds,” FIFA agent and go-between Bronzetti told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“In mid-June Hiro Honda contacted me to help him make Keisuke’s dream come true, as his brother wanted to come to Milan.
“I started work and called Adriano Galliani, who seemed interested, but first wanted to consult with his Coach. We set an appointment for July 3 precisely because it was within the final six months of his contract and Honda was free to negotiate with other clubs.
“Milan called CSKA, who took a few days to consider the situation and came back with a strange calculation. They felt Honda was worth €20m, but seeing as he was only six months away from becoming a free agent they requested €5m.
“Milan offered €3m, which was considered insufficient. CKSA even bought a Bulgarian player to replace Keisuke, but he got injured and that was probably the reason behind the Russian turnaround.
“I can’t understand why CSKA are angry with Milan, seeing as the contact between the clubs was immediate and at the top level with clear communication.”