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Antonio Nocerino To Join Orlando City

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani told Mediaset Premium that Nocerino will join the MLS club today.

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Antonio Nocerino has joined MLS club Orlando City. While speaking to Mediaset Premium about AC Milan's winter transfer window, CEO Adriano Galliani declared that Nocerino's move to Major League Soccer side Orlando City will be the club's last activity until the end of the season.

We will terminate our rapport with Nocerino, who will go to play in Orlando...with that move, our transfer activity will be finished for this season.

-Translated quote source: Football Italia

The deal to take Nocerino away from the San Siro is rumoured to be around $900,000 per year. Orlando City had to negotiate with D.C. United for the services of  Nocerino since the latter had long made a discovery claim for the Italian midfielder -- a fact that caused much drama and even at one point had MLS' head office telling Orlando to back off their attempt to sign the midfielder.

Nocerino joined Milan for the 2011/12 season from Palermo and immediately made a positive impact, scoring 10 goals in 35 Serie A matches. The midfielder, however, was unable to replicate that form in subsequent seasons for the Rossoneri which led to loan stints in West Ham, Torino and Parma. Since being recalled to the Milan squad for the 2015/16 season, Nocerino was used very sparingly by coach Siniša Mihajlović, playing only 71 minutes in the league.

According to Galliani, Nocerino's departure means that Primavera vice-captain Manuel Locatelli will be promoted to the senior team. The 18 year old midfielder is a major part of the talented young group of players that Milan have been developing, and has scored two goals in 13 Primavera matches while helping his side to a fourth-place standing in their group.