AC Milan do not need Southampton star Gaston Ramirez
January 10, 2013
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has quashed reports linking the Italian giants with a move for Southampton's Gaston Ramirez.
Saints signed Uruguay international Ramirez during the summer for a club record fee of €15 million from Bologna, but he is yet to live up to his billing after just three goals and no assists in 13 Premier League appearances - though injuries have hampered his progress.
Milan are currently looking to add to their squad as they continue their rebuilding, but Galliani has ruled out a move for the Saints No.10, adding that expensive signings will only be brought in if other players are sold.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Galliani said: "There’s no need for Ramirez, we are fine as we are. If someone leaves then we’ll see, but there are no 'gifts' on the horizon for the fans."
One player Milan do look poised to bring to San Siro is midfielder Riccardo Saponara, who is currently co-owned by Empoli and Parma.
However, an agreement could be reached to purchase Empoli's half of the contract for around £3m.
"Saponara is certainly a player that fits in with the policy of focusing on youth that Milan are taking," Galliani noted.
Fellow Serie A sides Juventus and Inter, as well as Liverpool are believed to be interested in the creative midfielder, but Empoli's director of sport as also confirmed Milan's interest.
Speaking to Calciomercato, Marcello Carli said: "It's true, there is a deal with Milan for half of Saponara's contract.
"He was tracked by many clubs, but the Rossoneri were quick off the blocks. The player will remain with us until the end of the season. That was a decisive factor in negotiations."