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Milan concede Cannavaro race to Juve

Wednesday 22nd May 2002

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has insisted his club are not in the running for Parma's Fabio Cannavaro, and tipped Juventus to sign the centre-back.

Cannavaro looked set to join Juve earlier this month in a player-plus-cash deal but the move was put on hold after Parma sports director Arrigo Sacchi failed to decide which player he wanted in return.

Speculation was rife that Milan were preparing a bid for the Italy stopper, but Galliani has ruled out any move on financial grounds.

Parma have previously said the bidding should start at £50 million, although Lazio were quoted £16 million plus Paolo ***** in July 2001.

"He is much too expensive," said Galliani. "Juve are richer than us and have a good budget. Here in Milan nobody is rich.

"But I don't think Milan need to buy defenders. We have five central defenders, four of whom are at the World Cup.

"Only two central defenders play in a match, so we are confident we have a good defence."

Cannavaro, who is currently in Japan preparing for the World Cup with the Italy squad, said: "The only important thing for me is to join a team who can fight for the Scudetto and in Europe.

"That's why I will leave Parma. If Juventus are favourites to sign me, I'm happy.

"I have a lot of friends in that team and I played with Buffon and Thuram for many years."



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Milan leave Cannavaro chase


The Rossoneri have again conceded that £37m rated Fabio Cannavaro is beyond their means, leaving the defender to Juventus.


“Juve are rich and can afford to spend money,” said Vice-President Adriano Galliani.


“As for us, we have Paolo Maldini, Jose Chamot, Roque Junior and Martin Laursen, all of whom will be in the World Cup. I’d say our defence is sorted.”


Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti disagrees with that particular theory. “We certainly need a new central defender,” warned the tactician, “but I and the club are working on it.”


This is the second time in several days that Galliani has publicly ruled out a bid for the Parma stopper due to financial difficulties.


“Once again we have ended the season in the red and if the club is able to carry on at all it is thanks to the enthusiasm of President Silvio Berlusconi,” he said.


“The market prices must drop, and drastically, because we cannot spend £37m on a player including his wages.”


Juventus have hit back at Galliani’s hints that Cannavaro would be set for a move up north.


“No-one here is rich,” assured President Vittorio Chiusano, “but these are the current market prices.”


Bianconeri director Antonio Giraudo added, “At these prices I fear that Alessandro Nesta and Cannavaro will remain at their clubs.”


Cannavaro himself is watching the situation closely despite his presence in Japan for the 2002 World Cup.


“Juventus or Milan is fine by me,” said the Neapolitan. “These are two great clubs. If you say that Juve have the advantage then that makes me happy.”
 

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We have five central defenders, four of whom are at the World Cup.
Yes and two of them are R.Junior and Chamot.Ned I say more!:rollani:

Surely,baldie's joking!!!!
 

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Damn Juventus:mad:
Why damn juventus?:rolleyes: they are not responsible for Galliani conceding defeat. Not long back we had the upper hand, but we decided to concede. Thats not their fault, its ours:fero:

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as long as we stay with the crap we have we are going nowhere.
 

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What? Another year of Chamot and Costacurta will bring us the scudetto for sure!!! :stuckup: :tongue:



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Actually I don't think Chamot is that bad and he was of a good survice for us the last couple of years. Probably not the best deffender around but no one can't guarantee that a 20 year old argentinain tallent can do better in Seria A ... as for Billi - he is simply the best possible back up deffender you may have ... in case he is not considred a starter ...

Cana? Well, I have decided not to involve muself in the "silly season" .... I am concenr=trating all my energy on the WC .... we'll se after it ...

VIVA ITALIA! (just for this WC)
 

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I am quite sure Devil fan is more attuned to reality and knows that these news reports means nothing. Nothing.

Galliani will not say that we target someone or that we want someone before he is presented. He wants an better price so he says that we can't afford him. Will that mean that we will get him? Don't aks me, it's silly season alright.
 
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