Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani claims Ronaldinho has turned down the chance of a move to Manchester City.
Ronaldinho is expected to leave Barcelona over the summer after new coach Pep Guardiola confirmed he does not expect the Brazilian to be at Camp Nou next season.
City have already made an offer for the playmaker, but Ronaldinho’s agent and brother has said a move to Milan is ’90 per cent likely’.
“As for Ronaldinho, he’s not in Guardiola’s plans, so he has a different price,” Galliani told La Stampa.
“But the problem is the salary – to pay him his salary it would mean his arrival would not cost much. A loan? It depends on Barcelona.
“Ronaldinho rejected Man City’s offer, who were ready to give him double what we had offered.”
Milan are also keen to sign Adebayor from Arsenal, and are battling with Barcelona for the Togo striker.
Galliani feels the Italian club cannot compete financially with Barcelona.
He added: “Adebayor has Milan in his mind, but if I have been beaten by Barcelona it is not because I’m a fool.
“It’s difficult to compete with those who have higher earnings and the best tax system.
“Wenger fixed a meeting in Nice, but it’s useless that I go. He told me he wants €45million – an impossible sum.”