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Ac Milan Denies Montolivo-Cassano Swap Possibility

Camiseta conmemorativa del MilánRumors linking Ac Milan with Fiorentina’s star midfielder, Riccardo Montolivo, grows strong again after the Rossoneri’s coach, Massimiliano Allegri, answers some questions about the Italian international in his latest press conference.

Speaking to the press, Allegri didn’t hide his affection towards Montolivo but once again the coach retaliated that the media’s speculation about a potential swap between Cassano and the Viola captain is impossible to happen.

Montolivo has excellent quality and I believe is one of the best midfielders in Italy, but I can categorically rule out this move(Montolivo-Cassano swap move), as there is zero chance. Cassano is staying at Milan.

The potential swap move idea was pretty much speculated by the press since Fiorentina are reportedly very interested in getting Cassano, whose position in the Italian national team for the upcoming Euro 2012 could be under threat should he can’t play regularly in the new season. Considering there’s plenty of competition at San Siro, moving to Firenze is definitely a possible destination for the ex-Samdoria man as he would be a regular starter there.

Meanwhile, Montolivo would also be a qualified midfielder that could fill in the midfield role that the Rossoneri are searching, although Milan’s vice president, Adriano Galliani, already rejected the link with Fiorentina midfielder, the media doesn’t believe it completely. Moreover, Allegri’s kind words for the ex-Atalanta youth player surely has triggered the rumors once again that would probably put his name alongside Palermo’s Javier Pastore, for the upcoming weeks.

Montolivo himself is at the last year of his contract as should he decided to stay this summer, the player would be leaving Fiorentina on a free in 2012, something which probably won’t be opted by the Viola. Possibly the deal could happen but once again nothing is for certain as Allegri didn’t actually said that Montolivo is the Rossoneri’s main target, adding that Cassano is being hoped to remain at San Siro for the upcoming season.

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