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AC Milan want to sign Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho suffered a muscle tear in his leg during training

AC Milan will move for Barcelona and Brazil striker Ronaldinho, according to media reports in Italy on Saturday.

The 28-year-old has had a difficult season at the Nou Camp and it was announced on Thursday that a muscle tear in his leg had ended his season.

Speculation has grown that Ronaldinho is ready to leave the Spanish giants.

And when Milan club president Silvio Berlusconi was asked if he wanted to sign Ronaldinho, he said: "I hope so, I think so. We will try to take him."

Milan, languishing outside a Champions League place in Serie A, have been long-time admirers of the forward and have had trouble scoring and creating chances this season.

Milan striker Ronaldo has also been ruled out long term with a knee injury.

Ronaldinho's agent and brother, Robert de Assis, was photographed entering a restaurant with Milan vice president Adriano Galliani earlier this week.

Ronaldinho's injury happened in an incident with Edmilson in training on Thursday

Barcelona club doctor Ricard Pruna

Ronaldinho has also been linked with a move to England while Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini said his club were also interested.

"Six months ago I said (Inter were interested) and you didn't believe me," he told reporters.

"He is in a difficult moment, he is 28 and has really great quality. Do I see him at Inter? If he has the will to train."

Ronaldinho - a former World Player of the Year - has been dogged by injury and fitness problems this season, starting only 13 of Barcelona's 30 league games so far.

His latest injury means the 28-year-old would miss a potential Champions League semi-final against Manchester United.

The teams are on course to meet in the last four after both won their quarter-final first-leg ties.

Ronaldinho last played for Barcelona in the 2-1 loss at home to Villarreal on 9 March, after which he began to complain of muscle pain in his right leg.

A scan revealed no damage to muscle or tendon, but he was on a training programme to deal with the complaint when the injury occurred.

Barcelona club doctor Ricard Pruna said: "The injury has no link with the other one. This one happened in an incident with Edmilson in training on Thursday."

The injury to Ronaldinho adds to problems caused by the absence of midfielder Deco, who has missed the last six matches with a calf problem.

But inspirational Argentine midfielder Lionel Messi hopes to be back in action in about two weeks time, ahead of the Champions League semi-final first-leg matches on 23 April.




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