Milan To Announce Signing Of Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas On Monday – Report

Andrea Pirlo will then move on to Chelsea…
Sections of the Italian media are speculating that Milan president Silvio Berlusconi will announce a big-money signing for the club on Monday night before the Trofeo Berlusconi, and according to this player will be Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas.

The €30-35 million required to complete this capture will be recovered in part by the sale of Andrea Pirlo to Chelsea.

Milan have had a truly disastrous pre-season, winning just one game. They had already suffered a string of defeats to Club America, Chelsea, Inter, Bayern Munich, Boca Juniors and Benfica, and last night lost two more in the Trofeo TIM to Inter again and Juventus.

This Monday night, Milan will host the annual Trofeo Luigi Berlusconi against Juventus, and there are expected to be huge demonstrations against Berlusconi after a disastrous transfer summer where the club have made just one notable signing in Real Madrid’s Klaas Jan Huntelaar, despite selling star man Kaka to the Blancos for €67m.

Partly in a bid to quell the protests, as well as to strengthen a Milan team in desperate need of new players, the Italian media are speculating that Berlusconi will use the special occasion at San Siro on Monday night to announce a big-money signing that will excite supporters.
are claiming that this player will be Cesc Fabregas, who they say wants to leave Arsenal after becoming disillusioned with the direction the club is going following the high-profile summer sales of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure which has been countered only by the arrival of Belgian international centre back Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax.

Milan will shell out €30-35m for Fabregas, and will recover part of this sum by selling Pirlo to Chelsea.

Cynics will point to the fact that Berlusconi announced only last week that Pirlo would stay at San Siro for the rest of his career, while Milan's economic problems may make it difficult for them to fund the Fabregas transfer. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also declared only yesterday that there was no chance of Fabregas leaving the club, amid interest from Barcelona.

Milan supporters will be waiting eagerly for Monday night to see if Berlusconi does indeed announce a major coup prior to the clash with Juventus, and were it to be Fabregas it would send shockwaves through Milan and North London.

Anthony Sormani,