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Marco van Ginkel ...heads to AC Milan
MILAN---AC Milan had a busy final day
of the transfer window as it completed the
signings of Marco van Ginkel and Giacomo
Bonaventura but saw the deal for Jonathan
Biabiany collapse at the last moment.
The 21-year-old Van Ginkel has been
brought in on a one-year loan deal from
Chelsea, joining former Stamford Bridge
teammate Fernando Torres---who signed a
two-year loan deal at the weekend.
"I am very happy, Milan is a great club
where many Dutch players have played and
some big names," Van Ginkel said. "I know
Nigel De Jong from my experiences with the
national team, I spoke to him about Milan
and he said excellent things about the club."
Van Ginkel joined Chelsea last summer
from Vitesse Arnhem but the Netherlands
midfielder made just four appearances due
to a cruciate ligament injury. Biabiany had
agreed to the move from Parma and had already
posed in the Milan shirt and scarf, but the Rossoneri
later released a statement saying the move had fallen
through after Cristian Zaccardo---who was part of
the reported €4 million (US$5.25-million) deal---
failed to agree personal terms with Parma.
"There was an agreement with Parma and Biabiany,
but Zaccardo turned down that destination too,"
Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said. "We
thought then that we needed another player and we
decided on Bonaventura. He's a great player but also
a great person. When he signed he started crying."
The 25-year-old Bonaventura, who has one Italy
cap, progressed through the ranks at Atalanta and
has now signed a five-year contract at Milan.
Galliani said Milan has funded the move for
Bonaventura with the transfer free paid by Benfica
for talented teenager Bryan Cristante, who wanted
more playing time. AC Milan also signed Diego Lopez,
Alex, Pablo Armero and Jeremey Menez in the off-
season but sold star striker Mario Balotelli to Liverpool.
Fiorentina was also busy on an otherwise quiet
transfer deadline day in the rest of Serie A.
It completed the loan signings of England defender
Micah Richards from Manchester City and Slovenian
midfielder Jasmin Kurtic from Sassuolo, as well as
permanent deals for Croatian players Ricardo Bagadur
and Milan Badelj.
Midfielder Badelj, who was part of Croatia's World
Cup squad, joined for a reported 5 million-euro ($6.6
million) fee from Hamburg, while teenage defender
Bagadur signed from HNK Rijeka.
Roma has also signed a player on loan from the
Premier League with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa moving
from Newcastle. The capital club has paid €1 million
(US$1.3 million) for Yanga-Mbiwa with the option
to buy the France defender for €5.5 million (US$7.2
million) at the end of the season.
Defender Alessio Romagnoli has gone on loan to
Sampdoria. Elsewhere, former Juventus forward
Amauri has moved from Parma to Torino, where he
will be reunited up front with Fabio Quagliarella.
Torino lost star strikers Ciro Immobile and Alessio
Cerci in the summer.
There were two notable departures from the Italian
top flight with Goran Pandev and Blerim Dzemaili
moving from Napoli to Galatasaray, which is coached
by former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli.
Milan signs Van Ginkel but
Biabiany move collapses
BERLIN---Struggling Hamburger SV bolstered
its attacking options on the last day of the transfer
period with loan deals for US international Julian
Green and German midfielder Lewis Holtby yes-
Green joined from Bayern Munich, while Holtby,
who previously played for Schalke and Mainz in
the Bundesliga, joined for one season from Tot-
Holtby, 23, has three caps for Germany but wasn't
called up by coach Joachim Loew during his one
and a half seasons in the Premier League.
Green, who was born in Florida to a German
mother and an American father, is yet to make his
Bundesliga debut. The attacking midfielder appeared
as a substitute in Bayern's Champions League group
game at CSKA Moscow last November.
The 19-year-old Green has a contract through
June 2017 with Bayern, which he joined in 2009
from amateur side SG Hausham.
Green has three appearances for the U.S. after
appearing for Germany at youth level. He scored
in extra time in the Americans' 2-1 round of 16
loss to Belgium at the World Cup.
Green, Holtby join
Hamburger SV on loan
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