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'Kojak' Galliani never enquired about Yanga-Mbiwa, insists Nicollin

'Kojak' Galliani never enquired about Yanga-Mbiwa, insists Nicollin

Louis Nicollin (Montpellier)

The Montpellier president has launched a stinging attack at the way his opposite number conducts business, comparing him to the lead character of the 1970s crime drama.

Louis Nicollin has rubbished claims made by Adriano Galliani that AC Milan have made a bid for Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, referring to the Italian official as 'Kojak'.

The Rossoneri vice president appeared to confirm earlier on Friday that the club had proposed the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champion an offer for the center back, following the departure of Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain for 42 million euros.

However, the Montpellier supremo, never one to mince his words, has now accused Milan of fabricating the story, led by the bald-headed protagonist from the 1970s American cop drama, and has challenged it to meet his asking price for the stopper.

"'Kojak' never called me," Nicollin told Canal+. "This makes me laugh. Those guys just got out of bed. They sold a guy for 45 million euros [Thiago Silva to PSG] and they want to steal one of ours.

"If they offered 25m or 30m euros then fair enough, but from what I understood, they merely come in with 5m or 6m euros. [Galliani should] go play in movies and not hassle us."

Despite receiving over 60m euros from PSG for both Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Milan has so far yet to reinvest the funds into new signings, with the likes of Riccardo Montolivo and Bakaye Traore arriving on free transfers.

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