Japanese international hopes clubs can reach agreement.
AC Milan will make a final effort to sign CSKA Moscow playmaker Keisuke Honda, with the deadline to submit their Champions League squad fast approaching.
The 27-year-old has reportedly already agreed on personal terms as he is guaranteed of a switch to Milan in January when he is available as a free agent.
However, the Rossoneri have been unable to reach an agreement with CSKA over a transfer fee as they have consistently fallen short of their valuation.
Nevertheless, they appear set for one last attempt to land his signature as they look to push through a move in order for Honda to be available in the Champions League.
The deadline to submit their squad is August 19, but given that they will begin their tournament in the play-off round against PSV next week their initial squad has already been named.
The Serie A giants will be allowed to replace one player from that list if they successful navigate their way past Philip Cocu’s men, and are determined to secure a deal for Honda.
Relations between the two clubs have been strained over the past month, with the Russian outfit warning Milan not to “treat them like losers” in their pursuit of the talented playmaker.
While Milan have also seen their efforts to sign Fiorentina starlet Adem Ljajic rejected, they will make Honda their priority again ahead of the new season and believe they can reach an agreement with CSKA.
Vice-president Adriano Galliani seemed in a pessimistic mood last week suggesting that the club are willing to wait until January, while Honda was a little more optimistic and his hopes of joining Milan this summer are still alive.