Wednesday August 29 2012
Milan close on De Jong

Milan are reportedly close to a deal with Manchester City for midfielder Nigel De Jong for €7m – around £5.5m.

The Rossoneri had said on Tuesday that their transfer market had concluded with the arrival of Bojan Krkic from Roma and Caen striker M’Baye Niang.

However, it’s reported that negotiations are in full swing with City for the 27-year-old Dutch international.

De Jong’s contract expires in June 2013, so he is considered to be a valid target who could arrive relatively cheap.

There are suggestions that Barbara Berlusconi – the daughter of President Silvio Berlusconi, member of the Board of Directors and girlfriend of Alexandre Pato – was crucial in convincing her father to push ahead with the transfer.

British media claim Milan are still hoping to get De Jong on loan for £2m, but that seems to be unlikely.

He arrived from Hamburg in 2009 and recently rejected a contract extension at Manchester City, as he would prefer to find more playing time elsewhere.

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