One name that has been linked with Milan for a while is that of 31 year old Besiktas midfielder Jose Sosa. The Argentine trequartista is said to have been personally requested by Vincenzo Montella, and Milan have reportedly contacted the Turkish club to try to find a deal for Sosa. Reports indicate that Milan are offering somewhere in the neighbourhood of €4 million, while the Turkish champions are holding out for a fee of at least €10 million.
With negotiations at a standstill, Jose Sosa handed in a transfer request on Tuesday and cited concern for his family's safety amid recent violence in Istanbul as his reasoning behind wanting to depart the club.
On Wednesday Besiktas' President Fikret Orman came out swinging, as he questioned Sosa's true motivations for wanting to leave, asserted that Besiktas will not sell Sosa, and even vaguely threatened legal action against Milan!
"I think Sosa is making fun of our intelligence. He is taking terrorism in Turkey as an excuse to leave. Sosa wants to join Milan, but negotiating with a player under contract without our consent is a moral and legal crime. We are not selling Sosa." -Fikret Orman, President of Besiktas
If it was looking unlikely that Sosa would return to Besiktas, the odds certainly seem a lot lower after that scathing statement as it's quite rare for the player to lose these sort of disputes.
By all accounts Sosa was one of the best players in the Turkish league last season, as he notched 7 goals in 31 appearances for the eventual Champions. If these comments achieve anything, they probably push the player further away from Istanbul and closer to Milano. Don't be surprised to see Jose Sosa wearing a rossonero kit in the very near future.