AC Milan's Alexander Merkel moves to Genoa on joint ownership deal - report

The German midfielder has found first team appearances for Massimiliano Allegri's side hard to come by, and will move to Genoa for the 2011-12 season
Genoa have completed a deal to sign AC Milan's Alexander Merkel, but the Scudetto champions will retain some of the player's rights in a co-ownership arrangement, according to reports from Italy.

Sky Sport 24 comment that the young German midfielder, who has found his first team opportunities at San Siro limited this season, will look to gain more minutes by agreeing a move to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani and Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi allegedly met yesterday to finalise the deal, and the 19-year-old will move with immediate effect.

The Serie A duo have done business in the past over a number of players, with the most recent transfer involving Milan's addition of Kevin-Prince Boateng.

The German under-19 international only managed 10 appearances for Massimiliano Allegri's side in 2010-11.

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