x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Agents for Ganso and Farfan visit Italy as AC Milan go shopping

Agents for Ganso and Jefferson Farfan have visitied Milan as AC decides to go on a shopping spree.

Agents for the 21-year-old Brazil playmaker Ganso reportedly met with AC Milan officials inside the club's headquarters yesterday.

Ganso's agents spent about three hours with Adriano Galliani, the Milan vice president and Ariedo Braida, the sporting director, the ANSA news agency and Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

Ganso, whose full name is Paulo Henrique Ganso, has been with Santos since 2008 and is one of the most promising players in Brazilian football, along with teammate Neymar.

Earlier this month, Santos said they had filed a complaint against AC Milan and Inter Milan for their alleged attempt to negotiate Ganso's transfer without the Brazilian club's consent.

And Milan are not stopping there - the agent for Jefferson Farfan, the Schalke forward, was seen entering Milan's offices, according to ANSA.

Elsewhere, Vicente del Bosque, the Spain coach, is concerned that the current run of Barcelona-Real Madrid matches could have a negative effect on the national team.

Last night's first leg of the Champions League semi-finals between the two clubs was the third of four meetings in a short span between the rivals, with several Spain teammates having squared up to each other during Real's 1-0 extra-time victory in the Copa del Rey final last week. "I'm worried about the quarrels between my players during these clasicos, which I hope don't find their way into my locker room," Del Bosque told Marca.

Carlos Marchena, the Villarreal defender, called on his Spain teammates to remember the big picture amid the run of clasicos.