Ronaldinho close to Milan exit as Cassano arrival imminent

Ronaldinho is edging ever closer to leaving Milan for a return to Brazil while Antonio Cassano simultaneously prepares to replace him in the Rossoneri’s squad, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Yesterday the league’s arbitration panel ruled that Sampdoria couldn’t release Cassano, so they will instead seemingly sell him to Milan in the January transfer window.
However, the only way the transfer can go through is if Ronaldinho secures a long-awaited return to his home country, because Milan wouldn’t be able to afford the wages of both players at the same time.
Palmeiras are the club in question and seem ready to offer Ronaldinho a new start, a few months before his Milan contract is set to expire anyway.
The 30-year-old playmaker has struggled to make an impact for the Rossoneri this season and has often been benched, so it seems he will now be ushered out of the door to pave the way for Cassano.
Roberto De Assis, Ronaldinho’s agent and brother, said: “The interest from Palmeiras is very pleasing for my brother. It’s not crazy to think that he could return to Brazil. The offer is interesting, but his Milan contract comes to an end in June 2011.”
De Assis continued to lend weight to the rumours, saying: “Ronaldinho wants to win trophies that he hasn’t yet in his career like the Brazilian championship, the Libertadores. Palmeiras is a great club, one of prestige, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens. We’ll have to talk with Milan.”
It is widely expected that Ronaldinho will complete his transfer during January, which will then allow Cassano to join Milan. The 28-year-old Italian international is suspended due to his court case until February 1st wich will give Milan time to organise the departure of Ronaldinho. Welcome Bonus Offer Betway

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