Saturday January 5 2013
Zenit offer €10m for Abate

There are surprise reports that Luciano Spalletti’s Zenit have made a €10m offer for Milan full-back Ignazio Abate.

The Italian international defender grew up in the Rossoneri youth academy, though he also had spells at Napoli, Sampdoria, Piacenza, Modena, Empoli and Torino.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Russian side Zenit have offered €10m to take the right-back during the January transfer window.

Alexandre Pato has already been sold to Corinthians this week, while talks are continuing with Santos for Robinho.

It is claimed Milan hope to add Abate to the exit list in order to raise the necessary €35m to take Mario Balotelli from Manchester City.

The Corriere dello Sport maintains the Rossoneri are also eyeing a cheaper option in Juventus bench-warmer Alessandro Matri.

It would be a reunion for Matri, who was a Milan youth team player and also worked with Coach Massimiliano Allegri at Cagliari.