Uncertainty surrounds when the international star will move.
CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda has made the club aware of the fact that he wishes to join AC Milan, but is unsure as to when he will leave.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a switch to San Siro all summer, but as a result of talks collapsing between Milan and Santos over the transfer of Robinho, it is understood that the Rossoneri aren’t willing to make any more new signings.
Speculation in Italy has suggested that Kevin-Prince Boateng will be sacrificed instead, but no bids have been forthcoming as of yet.
Nevertheless, Honda has made his position clear on the matter and he has told his current employers that he will not be signing a contract extension, with his current deal set to expire in December.
The confusion still lies over whether or not he will join the Italian giants this summer as opposed to in January on a free transfer, but with the valuations of the two parties somewhat distant, it remains to be seen whether or not a deal can be reached.
“At CSKA I have spent three and a half happy years, but now I want to play in a big club,” he told championat.com as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The club knows of the interest of Milan and I want to go. When will the transfer happen? Better ask my brother who takes care of business. Let me say that I would be proud to go to Milan at any time,” he concluded.
The negative aspect of Milan waiting until January lies in the fact that Honda may well be ineligible in Europe should Massimiliano Allegri’s side reach the knock-out stages.
However, club vice-president Adriano Galliani has previously hinted at waiting, so unless CSKA are willing to lower their price-tag, Honda may have to wait until the new year.