Serie A - Italian transfer round-up: Milan in Kaka talks, another Honda bid rejected

Kaka is closer to Milan after admitting that he misses Italy while CSKA Moscow have shot down another Keisuke Honda offer.

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Serie A - Italian transfer round-up: Milan in Kaka talks, another Honda bid rejected
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The Rossoneri have been very active over the last few days since securing their spot in the Champions League.

Alessandro Matri was signed from Juventus for approximately €10m-€12m, while Kevin-Prince Boateng was sold to Schalke 04 for the same amount.

Milan have made it clear they intend to bring in a creative midfielder to replace Boateng and the first choice was Honda.

“Nothing has changed. Keisuke will remain with us,” declared CSKA Moscow director general Roman Babaev.

The Japan international will arrive at San Siro in January on a free transfer, as his contract expires on December 31, but the latest offer from Milan was also turned down.

This all points to Kaka’s return after he announced he’d requested a transfer from Real Madrid and more clues are building to support this theory.

“I miss Italy so much,” Kaka told Simona Ventura’s web television show. “Every time I get the chance, I am pleased to see my Italian friends.”

Sao Paulo Vice-President Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes also suggested Milan was his likely destination.

“We are always in contact with Kaka, therefore we know he is not interested in coming back to Brazil. We’re convinced that when he does want to return, he will choose Sao Paulo.”

According to Sky Sport Italia, negotiations over personal terms are not going well, as Kaka would like €8m per season wages compared to the €3m offered by Milan.

Roma have reportedly offered €7.5m for co-ownership of Cagliari defender Davide Astori, also a target for Milan.

The centre-back has been linked with both these clubs along with Southampton, Sunderland and Everton. He had been on the verge of a €13m move to Napoli earlier this month, but the deal collapsed when Rafa Benitez pulled the plug.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Roma made the new and improved offer for half of Astori’s contract on Friday night.

The bid is worth €7.5m for co-ownership of the player, leaving half his registration in Cagliari’s hands. However, Cagliari President Massimo Cellino has repeatedly stated the club will not be selling any of its big stars this summer. 

Torino have signed Giovanni Pasquale on loan from Udinese after Andrea Dossena failed a medical.

Udinese announced the news this morning with a statement confirming the season-long loan deal, which appears to have no option for a permanent move.

Pasquale passed his medical today and was given the all-clear to sign.

Torino had an agreement to take Dossena on loan from Napoli, but that deal collapsed on Friday when he failed his medical.

The former Liverpool man was diagnosed with a lesion in the thigh muscle that requires at least three weeks to heal.

Catania have officially signed midfielder Tiberio Guarente from Sevilla, so he makes his return to Serie A.

The move is on loan with option to buy at the end of the season, as confirmed by a statement released by Catania.

Guarente is a 27-year-old midfielder from Pisa who started his career with the Atalanta youth academy.

He moved on to Verona, back to Atalanta and joined Sevilla in 2010.

He spent last term on loan at Bologna, though they did not take up their option to buy after two goals in 20 Serie A games.

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