Ronaldinho rumor mill switches into high gear

i-38f692333d90f13dbee526fc06a8b253-ronaldinho.jpgAgain.

But this time such was the intensity that AC Milan today was moved to issue a statement:

“A.C. Milan reconfirm that both players Ronaldinho and Thiago Silva are not for sale.”

That’s it.

Still, so far the player and his representatives seem to be milking the speculation – or at least not forcefully quelling it – that variously have Ronaldinho:

*Staying at AC Milan.

*Ronaldinho edging closer to signing a four-year contract with the Galaxy.

*Heading back to Brazil.

*Being replaced by Robinho at AC Milan.

*Moving to the Galaxy for $8 million.

*The trade of Alan Gordon to Chivas USA keeps the Galaxy’s options open and and fans Ronaldinho rumors here too.

*But of course, you are aware that West Ham United have been “offered” Ronaldino and are interested while also eying David Beckham.

Meanwhile, AC Milan readies for its friendly in Detroit tonight as Ronaldinho works out back in Italy.

As do the Galaxy for Saturday’s game against Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl.

Great stuff, huh?

With a hyper-ventilating Italian soccer press and media reports feeding on media reports (ahem), expect lots more of this.

Updated

I’m told Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena was asked about the Ronaldinho rumors (again) after training today, as well as Gordon’s trade and said pretty much the same things the club has said all along.

The Gordon trade gives the club more breathing room under the cap should any move be made and will also give the player a better opportunity for more playing time.

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  • Lou Baglietto

    The Galaxy should of signed Ronaldinho four years ago instead of signing David Beckham. What a waste. But that was yesterday’s news- they should be going after the next marquise player, not some one who is already at the top. Get someone on their way up.

  • Soccer Fan

    This is starting to get annoying. Every week its another extreme.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Trading Gordon for allocation money wouldn’t open up enough room on the salary cap for Ronaldiho, because Gordon’s salary and the allocation money received wouldn’t be enough…especially since Vergara either doesn’t have or doesn’t want to allocate the money needed to make Chivas USA a power in MLS or in the region. Jettisoning Mathis’ salary, if the Galaxy can do that after he retires, wouldn’t help, either.

    All of this is just agent-initiated speculation designed to keep his client in the headlines.