Keisuke Honda to request summer switch to AC Milan

Japanese international closing in on move to Milan. AC Milan target Keisuke Honda is expected to request a summer transfer...

Japanese international closing in on move to Milan.

AC Milan target Keisuke Honda is expected to request a summer transfer to the Italian giants, as he nears a switch to San Siro.

The 27-year-old has emerged as the Rossoneri’s primary transfer target this summer, although there have been difficulties in negotiations regarding his valuation.

It is understood that Sky Sport Italia sources have suggested a figure of around €4m has been agreed, as Milan look to push through for an immediate switch as opposed to waiting until January when Honda becomes a free agent.

La Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Honda’s brother and agent, Hiro, met with CSKA officials earlier on Monday to discuss his future, with the idea of persuading the club to allow him to leave now.

Speculation following that meeting has suggested that Honda himself will speak with the club’s president on Monday night to ask to be allowed to leave immediately, although it remains to be seen how successful those talks will be.

The Japanese international has been linked with various top clubs in Europe throughout his career, but revealed after the Confederations Cup that he was finally ready to move on from Russia.

FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti met with Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani on Monday to provide the latest updates on the situation, and Gazzetta believe that a transfer could be wrapped up in the coming days.

The Rossoneri have had their hands tied in the transfer market so far this summer, with an inability to offload some of their fringe players including the likes of Robinho.

Nevertheless, it would appear that they are close to landing their priority this summer, with developments expected on Monday night.

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