Milan keep watch on Ronnie
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Milan are watching the boardroom unrest at Barcelona with interest, as reports link the Serie A champions with a swoop for Ronaldinho.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta and his right-hand man Sandro Rosell are rumoured to be at loggerheads regarding the club's direction.
Stories in Spain claim the rift between the two could lead to Rosell's departure from Camp Nou and that has prompted speculation Ronaldinho will follow him out of the door.
Rosell was instrumental in bringing the Brazilian superstar to Catalunya from Paris Saint Germain in 2003 and the duo have a close relationship.
If Rosell does leave Barca, it has been suggested Ronaldinho will consider his own future at the club and this has put Milan on red alert.
Rumours in the Italian media claim the Rossoneri are examining their options to discover whether they would have the resources to launch a bid for the mercurial attacker.
Ronaldinho has a release clause of é¼150 million, which is undoubtedly out of Milan's reach, but is something the club are aiming to work around.
A part-exchange deal would be an obvious solution with Jon Dahl Tomasson and Fabricio Coloccini put forward as the makeweights in the deal.
Meanwhile, Milan and Udinese are reportedly close to finalising a deal to facilitate Marek Jankulovski's move to San Siro in the summer.
Officials from the two clubs met at this week's Coppa Italia clash between the two teams, with Jankulovski's future the subject of discussion.
Milan are prepared to fork out é¼8.5 million for the Czech, who is expected to sign a four-year contract with Carlo Ancelotti's side.