Italian giants prepared to wait.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Gallaini has confirmed that the club are hoping to sign CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda, but will wait until January to do so, Sky Sports reports.
The Japanese international has entered the final six months of his contract with the Russian side, meaning he is now free to talk with other club’s who may be interested in bringing him on board.
Everton and Liverpool had been thought to be keeping an eye on his situation, but CSKA, who have said they would let the 27-year-old go now should a reasonable offer come their way, have stated that the ball is firmly in Milan’s court if they want to make an approach.
But Galliani has insisted that the Rossoneri are happy to wait until the winter to bring him to the San Siro.
“I strongly wish that Honda could arrive at Milan during the January window,” Galliani told a press conference.
Galliani is also not worried that if Honda does join in the January window he could be ineligible to play in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League.
“If he isn’t able to play in the Champions League, he will be like Balotelli, who arrived in January and didn’t play in the Champions League,” he added.