Milan CEO Adriano Galliani: Barcelona Are Ready To Sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed that Barcelona are ready to sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic and has disclosed that the player himself wants to join the Rossoneri for the 2010-11 campaign, although he had earlier admitted that he is yet to speak to the Swedish striker.

Speaking to Milan Channel on Wednesday evening, Galliani said, "Ibra wants to come to Milan, Barcellona are ready to sell him."

Galliani had earlier disclosed that discussions over the signing of the former Inter man have begun but admitted that it is going to be very complicated.

"We'll meet Barcelona again tomorrow (Thursday) at 12 (CET)," Galliani told reporters in the Catalan city. "The transfer is very difficult and would be very expensive. I do not know if we'll able to get him but we'll try.

"None of the Milan players will go to Barcelona in exchange. We are working to bring one more star to Milan."

The Milan CEO along with club director Ariedo Braida had lunch with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and sports director Andoni Zubizarreta earlier on Wednesday and told the press afterwards, "I will stay in Barcelona tomorrow as negotiations have now started and we can continue to talk.

"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 a long time 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 the Blaugrana chiefs, but 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.

Moreover, 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 but did admit that the former Juventus forward could join the Rossoneri.

"Nothing is settled yet. We will know the situation on September 1," Mino Raiola told Swedish newspaper Expressen. "There are only three clubs that are capable of signing Ibra: AC Milan, Manchester City and Real Madrid. These clubs are the only ones who can afford to sign him, to pay him and attract him.

"Zlatan will be the one who decides whether he leaves and where he will go."

Current Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who was Ibra's coach at Inter, believes that the player would be better off at San Siro and said, "Zlatan is a great player, but he was happier in Italy than he is in Spain. If he joins Milan, he'll have a great season."

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