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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Rossoneri close in on Gremio's Mattioni

Brazilian defender Felipe Mattioni is close to joining AC Milan, according to the player's agent.

Mattioni has been a target of several Italian clubs but the Rossoneri look set to beat Juventus and acquire the 20-year-old full-back from Gremio.

"Felipe is already in Italy and will undergo a medical tomorrow," said Mattioni's agent Mino Raiola.

"He has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract.

"He has Italian citizenship and can play immediately."

AC Milan are desperate to strengthen their defensive line with defenders Alessandro Nesta and Kakha Kaladze sidelined with injury.

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