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Luis Fabiano is taking Sevilla to court in London to ensure he is released to Milan for £12.5m due to ‘breach of contract.’

Reports in Italian, Spanish and Brazilian newspapers today claim the Rio business who own 65 per cent of the player have begun legal action.

There is a clause in his contract that states Sevilla must release the striker if an offer greater than £9m is received, so they cannot legally reject the £12.5m bid by Milan.

The reports state that lawyer Graham Shear – who represented Michael Owen in his case for Newcastle United in 2006 – has been put in charge of the case.

It will be taken to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in London, a section of the Royal Courts of Justice that specialises in cases of breach of contract.

For obvious reasons, the Rossoneri are trying to steer well clear of any controversy by taking a step back.

Vice-President Adriano Galliani already stated that he had only met the Rio representatives as “a courtesy meeting” and all negotiations for Luis Fabiano would be directly with Sevilla.

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Seems like Milan didn't know about that clause. The only clause they knew about was the £25m release clause(which every Spanish based player has I think), which seems strange that their is that clause plus one that says they can't reject a bid over £9m. <cr>

And £12.5m was as high as Milan were willing to go, Sevilla wanted closer to £18m.

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When I first saw we were bidding 12.5M I did think we really were chancing it. Fabiano is worth about 18M+ in this current market, how the hell would a team expect to get him for effectively just over half that sum?

This clause helps though, and like BN says, no one seems to have known about it.

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