Tuesday December 21 2010
Berlusconi: Cassano is the right man

Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed Milan are in the process of signing Antonio Cassano and insists amid divided opinion that he is the right man for the club.

La Gazzetta dello Sport understands Cassano has put pen to paper on a four-year contract after agreeing to pay a third of the €5m sell-on clause to his former club Real Madrid, which forms part of his existing deal with Sampdoria.

Cassano will fly with his new teammates to a training camp in Dubai on December 27 and could make his debut in a friendly a week later.

Initially, Berlusconi seemed unconvinced about the transfer, telling reporters that it's his belief Ronaldinho is a better player.

However, he now appears to have come around to Adriano Galliani's way of thinking.

"We are taking Cassano also because it seems Ronaldinho will leave and we are taking him because he is the right man," Berlusconi said.

Ronaldinho looks likely to return to Brazil in January either with Gremio or Palmeiras who are both working on his signature.

Cassano will reportedly wear the No 99 shirt at Milan just like at Sampdoria.

It's the same number Ronaldo wore during his short stay in red and black.

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