Controcampo says after nine years, Gattuso is ready to leave Milan in the summer after reaching an in-principle agreement with Bayern.

With Italy teammate Luca Toni and Bayern powerbrokers Franz Beckenbauer and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all working in the background, Gattuso is ready to make a move to Germany in the summer. A four-year deal worth £4.2 million-a-season has been struck.

Milan are resigned to selling the 30 year-old and will seek at least £10 million for the World Cup winner. Bayern fullback Willy Sagnol could move in the opposite direction.