Monday, 27th August, 2012
AC Milan have beaten Everton to the signature of Caen striker M’Baye Niang.
According to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani stepped up his pursuit of the 17-year-old after Caen rejected Milan’s first proposal, which was for a loan with a purchase option, and Everton moved into pole position in the race.
Galliani quickly travelled to meet with Niang’s agent Oscar Damiani and afterwards headed on to Caen to thrash out a deal.
And Galliani achieved a breakthrough which will see Milan pay a basic €1.7M to the Normans for the young gem, with further bonuses set to take the final total above €3M.
Niang appeared 23 times for Caen in Ligue 1 last season, but was unable to help the club avoid relegation to the French second tier.
The 17-year-old impressed nevertheless though and spent time on trial at Arsenal this summer, though no deal was forthcoming between the two clubs.
Niang has been compared with a young Thierry Henry and Milan are known to rate the striker extremely highly.