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 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.
Many a Premier League club has been linked with his signature recently.
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 Milan had angered CSKA with their constant approaches for the player before his contract expired - so this deal has been mired in controversy for quite a while.
Honda quelled those rumours on numerous occasions - but this time it seems as if the deal has finally gone through.
A couple of months ago reports in Japan claimed the Milan deal was done. The report claimed he had signed a £2.5 million a year deal to move to the San Siro and don the Rossoneri.
But still there were lingering hopes of a last gasp deal as nothing official was ever confirmed by the player of club.
Finally AC Milan have unveiled the worst kept secret in football as two months after it was said to have been done - they announced the news on their official website:
“Yes, now I can say it. Honda is officially a Milan player. He will wear the No 10 jersey.”
So if there was any lingering hope from the plethora of Premier League teams that Honda might still be available finally it has been extinguished. As this transfer saga comes to an end.
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