Rossoneri have had an agreement with player since summer.
AC Milan are expected to announce the signing of Keisuke Honda in January, according to the latest reports in the Italian media on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old was a target of the Italian giants throughout the summer, but current employers CSKA Moscow were unwilling to part company with their star midfielder for a nominal fee.
Instead, the Russian outfit decided to hold on to the Japanese international, which inevitably led to Milan agreeing to sign him on a free transfer when his contract expires in January.
As reported by Football Italia, Honda played his last game for CSKA this week and is expected to arrive on January 3 to begin his new adventure in Italy.
However, despite signing Kaka this past summer to address the issue of a lack of quality in the trequartista position, it is understood that coach Massimiliano Allegri will be able to rotate his starting line-up with a 4-3-2-1 system along with Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli.
Nevertheless, Honda’s arrival isn’t good news for the entire squad, as it has been suggested that the talented young trio of Bryan Cristante, Riccardo Saponara and M’Baye Niang will all be sent out on loan in the New Year.
The news will be a blow for Milan fans who had hoped that both Cristante and Saponara would be given additional playing time this year as the club look toward the future with their young Italian stars, although in contrast Niang has been disappointing since breaking into the first-team.
However, it appears as though Allegri is moving in a different direction after clinching the signing of Honda despite interest across Europe including from a number of Premier League clubs.