Honda, AC Milan finalize deal: reports

Kyodo

Serie A powerhouse AC Milan has agreed terms with Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda, but it is unclear when he will arrive in Italy, according to local reports.

Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has been in negotiations with Honda’s representatives and according to reports out of Italy they have agreed on a four-year contract worth €2.5 million per season.

Honda’s current deal with CSKA Moscow runs through the end of December and Milan could wait until January to sign him up on a free transfer.

Honda told reporters at the Confederations Cup earlier this month that he fancies a move to a big European club, saying, “I don’t know where I’ll be taking the next step yet, but I know I’ve got a chance (to play for a big club). I have until August so I’ll wait and see.”

“If I go to a big club, I’ll become an infinitely better player. The improvement I’ll make then will be anything but minor. I’m the type to soak up everything and anything in my surroundings, and if I play with better players, I’ll get better. It’s how I’ve been able to get this far in my career.”