Galliani confirms the sound of Ibrahimovic to Milan tastes sweet...UPDATE 17:00CET
Adriano Galliani has had lunch with Barcelona chiefs and confirmed the Italian club are serious about bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Milan.
Galliani was in the company of Milan director Ariedo Braida and the two were then joined by Barcelona chief Sandro Rosell, and sports director Andoni Zubizaretta.
And the meal of the day was to cook up talks for Ibrahimovic who has long been on Milan's menu. Galliani then gave the press a bellyful of answers that confirm the club's will to snap up the star.
"I will stay in Barcelona tomorrow to deal as negotiations have now started and we can continue to talk," he told the press.
"There is no need to be positive or negative. We had lunch and we have started to talk, but there is still plenty in the way.
"We have to wait long before we can close a deal. Have I spoken with 'Ibra' no, not yet. I want to bring him back with me to Milan."
Galliani did not elaborate on the specifications of his dinner date with Blaugrana chiefs, but what is certain is that their could be major developments between now and the end of the transfer window next week.
Earlier La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed the Italian would indeed be meeting Blaugrana chief Sandro Rosell as negotiations developed.
Galliani has already confirmed talks could last all week and he is prepared to squeeze the Catalans into a deal.
"If there was a need then I could stay there and negotiate until August 31," he said.
The operation though is likely to raise some uncomfortable questions for the chief as Barcelona are not keen on losing their man in a loan deal.
Milan want a swap loan deal between 'Ibra' and Marco Borriello as they cannot afford a cash transfer, but the Catalans seem reluctant to take the Italian.
Ibrahimovic's agent has made it clear his client was not prepared to move on loan and said only a permanent deal could lift the transfer off the ground.
"No loan deals unless its for four years. Ibrahimovic will only leave if it's a permanent deal, but for now we have no agreements with Milan," said Raiola.
Sky Sport Italia now report that Milan have left for Barcelona from Malpensa airport this morning.
They head to Camp Nou for the Gamper Trophy. Galliani though was not with the squad. He will fly out from Pisa later and meet them in Spain.
The event will allow Galliani to rub shoulders with his Spanish colleagues, but there is still a major barrier between the two clubs over the Sweden hitman.
Massimiliano Allegri hinted Ibrahimovic's possible arrival wouldn't make a difference to his plans for the season.
"It doesn't matter whether he arrives or not," were his brief words to Sky Sport Italia.
Manchester City are also keeping tabs on developments, but voices in Italy suggest the striker would prefer a Serie A return.