The Rossoneri could be forced to cash in on at least one of the four attackers to generate transfer funds without having to sell off Ibrahimovic and Thiago SilvaEXCLUSIVE
By Gaia Brunelli
AC Milan are ready to cash in on one of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Antonio Cassano, Alexandre Pato or Robinho in the summer transfer window in a bid to retain Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, Goal.com can reveal.
The Rossoneri need to offload several players ahead of the 2012-13 season to generate funds to finance their transfer campaign. Both Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva have attracted plenty of interest and their sale would boost the club's cash flow significantly, but the 2011 Serie A champions are desperate to keep hold of their two star players. As a result, they could be forced to let go of at least one of their other prized assets.
Although Boateng, Cassano, Pato and Robinho have all been important first-team members in the past two seasons, Milan see no other option but to sacrifice at least one of the aforementioned quartet, and are willing to listen to offers.
The 22-year-old Pato was close to joining Paris Saint-Germain in the winter transfer window, but the move eventually fell through.
However, PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti remains interested in bringing the Brazil international to the Ligue 1 runners-up, and could make another approach for Pato this summer.
Robinho, meanwhile, has been linked with a return to Santos. Although the Brazilian giants appear reluctant to pay a hefty transfer fee for the attacker and Milan unlikely to let him go on the cheap, the prospect of getting his wages off the books could convince the Rossoneri to part company with the former Manchester City forward regardless of the price.
Furthermore, Boateng, 25, has caught the attention of a number of Premier League clubs, and the sale of the former Ghana international would generate the necessary funds for Milan.
There is no concrete interest for Cassano at this point, but the Rossoneri hope that a fine display at Euro 2012 will help the attacker catch the attention of some of Europe's bigger clubs.