AC Milan are persisting in their bid to sign Keisuke Honda, even though they remain some way short of CSKA Moscow’s asking price for the forward.
The Rossoneri have already struck an agreement with the 27-year-old over a transfer in January, when his contract with the Russian club expires, but they are keen on bringing the move forward to this summer.
CSKA are reportedly insisting on a fee of €5 million euros to release Honda immediately, but Milan do not want to spend more than €3 million for what would equate to just four months of additional action.
The Serie A side are therefore hoping CSKA will accept their offer with Honda their only remaining transfer target this summer.
"The only gift we can have [for the fans] at this moment is Honda," Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani is quoted as saying in the Gazzetta dello Sport. "The player wants to come to Milan, but we mustn’t exaggerate. We’re talking about four months here.
"We’re going to go on until the final day possible to include him on our player list for the Champions League, but then we’ll give up. We’ve made an offer and if they lower their demands, Honda will join Milan, so let’s keep our fingers crossed."
Galliani is keen to sign the Japanese forward now rather than later in order for him to be eligible to play for the Rossoneri in the Champions League.
Last season, they signed Mario Balotelli from Manchester City in January, but were unable to count on him in Europe since he had already appeared in the competition for the Premier League side.