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.”
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.
*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.
Great stuff, huh?
With a hyper-ventilating Italian soccer press and media reports feeding on media reports (ahem), expect lots more of this.
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.