Friday January 27 2012
Fulham failed with €9m Lopez bid

Catania have revealed that they turned down a €9m offer from Fulham in order to allow Maxi Lopez to join Milan.

The Argentine is reportedly on the verge of completing a temporary switch to the Rossoneri after waiting patiently in a Milan hotel room for much of this week.

The player will hold talks with Diavolo Vice-President Adriano Galliani this afternoon and Catania believe a transfer will finally be completed.

“We should consider Maxi Lopez as a Milan player, he has been for a week,” Catania director Pietro Lo Monaco told Odeon TV.

“We opted to loan the player to Milan rather than selling him to Fulham who made us a €9m offer.

“We want to have a good relationship with Milan and I have great respect for Galliani.

“We’ll give Milan the player on loan with an option to buy, but I won’t tell you the costs of the operation.”

Milan had put Maxi Lopez on hold as they tried to revive their bid for Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez.

“I think Milan will try to sign Tevez right up until the very last minute of the window,” continued Lo Monaco.

The official added that the Stadio Massimino outfit would not be replacing Lopez with a new signing.