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Berlusconi Hints At Pirlo Exit From Milan To Join Chelsea - Report

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has hinted that the exit door for playmaking midfielder Andrea Pirlo could be open, with the player an acknowledged transfer target for new Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti has, of course, just departed from the San Siro himself, and Berlsuconi is today quoted by respected British football magazine Four-Four-Two, as saying, "If there's an offer, it should be considered.

"I was the first to say Pirlo must stay but then they showed me the sums for his salary. We'll see what happens."

Berlusconi originally pledged that Pirlo would be remaining with Milan, but is now apparently keen to reduce the club's wage bill. Ancelotti was also linked with Kaka prior to his move to Real Madrid, as well as Alex Pato, as pundits speculated that he would be surrounding himself with familiar faces as he made the transition to the Premier League.

Chelsea were today seemingly beaten to one of their other transfer targets, with rivals Liverpool confirming that they had agreed a fee with Portsmouth for England right-back Glen Johnson.

Pirlo has scored 31 goals in over 200 appearances for the Milanese giants.

Zack Wilson,