Rossoneri dismiss Rafa link

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has dismissed reports linking the Italian champions with Tottenham’s Rafael van der Vaart.

The 28-year-old Dutchman has been mentioned as a potential summer signing for the Serie A title winners after impressing in his debut campaign for Spurs.

But former Real Madrid man Van der Vaart revealed earlier this week he is keen to stay at White Hart Lane, and Galliani doesn’t expect to see him in Milan.

He told Football Italia: "Van der Vaart? I think not."

Galliani has revealed a left-sided midfielder is likely to be Milan’s sole transfer target this summer after key players such as Mark van Bommel and Alessandro Nesta recently extended their contracts.

He said: "If none of our top players leave, which I don’t think they will, then Milan will make just one signing – a left-sided midfielder.

"We are sorted in defence with Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo. And fine in attack if nobody departs."

Milan have been linked with a host of top players, including Palermo’s Javier Pastore and Santos star Ganso, but Galliani admits some targets are out of their price range.

He added: "They are players who are a little expensive and nobody will offer us a discount."