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Martinez misses out on Honda

Back in July 27-year-old Japanese international Keisuke Honda was new Everton gaffer Roberto Martinez's number one target.

But even back then Everton faced stiff competition with both AC Milan and Barcelona linked.

It seemed that Everton's best hope to sign him was back in the summer when CSKA Moscow could have accepted a fee in the region of 5million as he would be out-of-contract with his current side in January.

But despite his performances in the Confederations Cup in Brazil having proved his international quality and as a bonus, being a Japanese idol would also prove to be a shrewd move with his new club benefiting from increased marketing opportunities in the East Asian market, CSKA Moscow never cashing in.

Instead CSKA remained bullish, determined to only sell at the right price, expecting a bidding war to break out across Europe, but as that didn't happen, they opted to hold on to him until his contract expires.

So now with the Japanese midfielder out of contract with CSKA Moscow, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed that he will be making the move to Serie A and AC Milan ending any slim hopes that Everton had of making a move.

He told the club's official website: 'Now we can talk. From January 3 2014, Keisuke Honda will be a Milan player.'



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Writer: Yak Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 12 2013

Time: 10:00AM

 

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