milan gets huntelaar&roma left aquilani

AC Milan have signed Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee. Huntelaar, who turns 26 next week, had been a target for Tottenham but instead is Milan's first major close-season investment, signing a four-year deal. He scored eight goals for Real having joined in January after three years at Ajax, where he hit 76 in 92 matches.

Huntelaar was surplus to requirements after the arrival of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka at Real. He is the latest in a long list of Holland players to join the Rossoneri, following in the footsteps of Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard. "Milan the club and city are a special place for us Dutch," he said. "I know Van Basten very well, he was my coach at Ajax as well as in the national side. "I'm really happy to be here, I know the football and the training in Italy are different to Spain, but I'm ready. Milan should have a great season."

After Real agreed a fee with Milan on Thursday, Huntelaar had a medical at the Serie A club on Friday and penned a contract tying him to the Rossoneri until June 2013. Earlier this summer Real had agreed a reported £18m fee with Stuttgart but Huntelaar rejected the move and the deal collapsed. He made only 13 first-team appearances for the Spanish giants, who paid Ajax £20m for his services when Ramon Calderon was president.

His involvement in the second stage of the Champions League was hampered by a miscalculation from Madrid, who were unaware that clubs could only field one new player who had played in European competition earlier in the season. Former Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra, the team's other transfer window signing, was picked instead.

Liverpool have signed Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani, according to the latest reports from Spain. Marca claims Roma have accepted an €18million bid for the Italian midfielder. Reds manager Rafael Benitez is said to be keen on the Italian.

The report suggests the Spanish coach has moved in quickly in an attempt to have an alternative to Xabi Alonso. Voices in Spain claim Alonso is on the verge of joining Real Madrid, and it appears Liverpool have wasted no time in signing his replacement. It is said Liverpool are still trying to negotiate a deal with Real Madrid for Alonso. According to Marca, the Reds want nothing less than €35m for the Spanish international.

Sky Sport Italia are speculating that Aquilani has agreed to a four year deal worth €4m per season with the Reds, but the move is hinging on Alonso's passage to the Bernabeu. Despite the reports in Spain, there has been no official confirmation from Roma regarding the news that Aquilani has signed for the Anfield-based club.

(source: BBC sport, Salvatore Landolina,


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