Date: 19th January 2006 at 3:48pm
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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has branded talk of Gennaro Gattuso joining Manchester United as ‘pure fantasy’.

United are believed to have targeted the 28-year-old Gattuso as the perfect man to fill Keane’s boots in the engine room in M16. But Galliani was in no mood for speculation.

Galliani: ‘Gattuso at Manchester? It’s pure market fantasy,’ he told Sky Sports.

Gattuso himself has admitted it would be a ‘dream’ to play for United, and was targeted by Ferguson last summer. He did have a spell in Britain with Rangers during the 1990s, but has really blossomed at the San Siro in recent years, and is expected to be key to Italy’s World Cup hopes in Germany this summer.