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AC Milan to sign Ronaldinho for $39.7 mln
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13:45, July 16, 2008

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AC Milan reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign two-time world soccer player of the year Ronaldinho for as much as 25 million euros (39.7 million U.S. dollars), according to media report Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Brazilian will today undergo a medical exam in Milan before signing a contract that will keep him at the San Siro until June 30, 2011, Milan said on its Web site.

"If there are no problems, he will be a Milan player," Adriano Galliani, Milan's managing director, said on the Web site.

The agreement ends a tussle between the Italian club and Manchester City to sign the World Cup-winning playmaker.

Barcelona said Tuesday that it "reached an agreement in principle" on a fee of 21 million euros (28.1 million U.S. dollars) for Ronaldinho that could rise to 25 million euros/// depending on AC Milan's Champions League qualification in future seasons.

The agreement was reached after Ronaldinho renounced his right to 15 percent of the fee, the Catalan club said in a statement on its Web site.

Ronaldinho, who helped Barcelona win the Spanish league in 2005 and 2006 and the Champions League in 2006, began just 13 of 38 league games last season after losing his place in the starting lineup in November.

He scored eight league goals as Barcelona went trophyless for a second straight year.

Source: Xinhua/Agencies

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