Keisuke Honda has been in the viewfinder of many a big team in recent weeks, as the CSKA Moscow midfielder and ‘Japanese Ronaldo’ entered the final six months of his contract.
When Honda signed with CSKA from Dutch outfit VVV Venlo he did so when the Russian league ran until January. Since he has been in the Russian capital he has never signed a new deal, and the system has changed - with the Russian league now following the same timescale as the rest of the continent.
Which left Honda out of contract in the middle of the season.
Many a Premier League club has been linked with his signature recently. Everton were reportedly keen on making an approach, Liverpool and Arsenal were also said to be interested - while even Southampton saw their name bandied around.
However last week it was Tottenham Hotspur who had ‘beaten competition’ to sign the player.
This was in direct contrast to what was being reported in Italy, where a protracted deal with AC Milan had been finalised in the eyes of their media.
But Honda quelled those rumours on numerous occasions - but this time it seems as if the deal has finally gone through.
Today it is reports from Japan that seem sure of the impending deal.
The Sports Nippon paper claim that Honda will sign for AC Milan on New Year’s Day 2014. Milan had tried to sign him in the summer for cash, to avoid a contract battle with other teams - but according to these reports it did not matter, as AC Milan appear to be his choice.
The report claims he has signed a £2.5 million a year deal to move to the San Siro and don the Rossoneri, and that the ‘documents had already been submitted to Lega Calcio (Serie A) to officially confirm the deal of Honda’.
Nothing has yet been officially confirmed by either club, but reports of Spurs being favourites now seem to be untrue, considering the location of this most recent reports, Honda seems to be an AC Milan player already.
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