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Friday, July 17, 1998 Published at 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK


Sport: Football

Arsenal fail to snare Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert in action for the Netherlands

Arsenal have been told to increase their bid for Dutch star Patrick Kluivert by his club AC Milan.

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said: "We do not consider the offer sufficiently matches the value of the player. We have courteously said 'no'."

The Dutch World Cup star will remain on his current three-year deal with Milan, the vice-president said.

Arsenal have not disclosed how much they offered for Kluivert but Milan are reported to be seeking a fee of £10m.

The former Ajax star returned from a red card received in his country's opening game of France 98 against Belgium to score two goals in three games.

The Netherlands were knocked out of the semi-finals in a penalty shoot-out against Brazil.

Kluivert's form was in marked contrast to a miserable first year in Milan last season when he scored just six League goals.

He was frequently whistled by fans and had said he would leave in the summer with Milan's blessing.

Arsenal have refused to confirm any details, with a spokeswoman saying: "We don't comment on speculation or transfer until the deal has been done."



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