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Bojan out to help Milan recover from defeat

On-loan former Barca striker is hoping to seal a permanent move with his new club

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 September, 2012, 3:43am

Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic is hoping to make a name for himself at AC Milan today when his new team travel to Bologna looking to make amends for their opening day defeat.

Having spent four "dream" years at Barcelona, Bojan was sold to Roma last season but it has been an unhappy experience and he is now on a one-year loan deal with Milan.

The 22-year-old is keen to make the move permanent.

"I didn't play much for Roma and arriving here at Milan is a step forward for me," said Bojan, who scored seven goals in 33 appearances for Roma last season.

With the bulk of Serie A action tomorrow, including defending champions Juventus' away trip to Udinese, Massimiliano Allegri's side's second game of the season presents a double challenge.

They must show that last week's shocking 1-0 defeat at home to promoted Sampdoria was a blip and they are also making progress in plugging the holes left by some key departures.

Prior to their defeat, Milan's fans were barely digesting the decision to sell centre back Thiago Silva and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint Germain.

But since then another key striker, Antonio Cassano, has decided to defect - to arch rivals Inter. Although Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani failed to lure Brazilian playmaker Kaka back from Real Madrid because of prohibitive tax rules, Milan have tried to make amends.

French teenager Mbaye Niang has arrived, as a future prospect, from Caen.

It has been a busy week for transfers all round, but it got particularly nasty between Fiorentina and Juventus.

Fiorentina, who travel to Napoli tomorrow hoping to build on their 2-1 win last week at home to Udinese, were all set for one of the coups of the summer with the signing of Dimitar Berbatov.

But after paying the Manchester United striker's air fare to Florence, the Bulgarian failed to arrive - and Fiorentina suggested late interest in his services from Juventus was the reason.

"The player never arrived in Florence because of the reckless and arrogant attitude of other companies which belie the values of honesty, fair play and ethics of sport," said the team.

Juventus defended their bid and with Berbatov now expected to join Fulham, they went for Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner.

Juventus began the defence of their first title since 2003 with a 2-0 defeat of Parma in Turin last week, and while Bendtner is regarded as being a notch below Berbatov, club officials have faith in the big Dane.

"Bendtner is not the big name player we'd hoped to sign, but we've decided to take a chance," said club president Giueseppe Marotta. "He's potentially a great player in the making."

Tomorrow's big game is Inter versus Roma.

Inter put their early season form on display with a 3-0 away rout of league new boys Pescara while Roma were lucky to escape with a share of the points in a 2-2 home draw against Catania.