The Japanese international will be available on a free transfer in January, but the Diavolo are trying to get CSKA to sell him before the September 2 transfer deadline.
"Honda will arrive in January, but it would be good if they want to give him to us sooner," Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said. "If that doesn’t happen then we will wait."
The two clubs have been in discussions for a number of weeks and Honda is hopeful an agreement is very close.
"I have already admitted having negotiations with Milan and it's true that they are entering the final stages," Honda was quoted as saying by Nikkan Sports.
"As far as I am aware, Milan have almost satisfied CSKA’s requests. A clear decision will be made when club officials meet again in the next few days."
CSKA, however, insisted Honda would not be sold to Milan, who they accused of underhand tactics in their attempts to sign him before his contract expires.
"I'm tired of all the Honda speculations. We have been waiting for Milan to understand the situation and stop it, but it didn't happen. Honda is not going to be sold to Milan, not for €5 million, not for €10m, full stop," CSKA president Yuri Giner told bobsoccer.ru.
"CSKA are sometimes willing to sell players to Europe, but there are ethical norms of negotiations. We will never tolerate disrespectful behaviour.
"For example, Milan got in touch with Honda in the beginning of 2013 when they had no right to do so [clubs can only negotiate Bosman transfers six months before contract expiry].
"We told the Italian agents that we are open to normal negotiations, but if they think that we will crack a few months before the contract ends, then they are wrong.
"And then on July 1, Milan offered us to exchange Honda for a reserve-team player. What do you think our reaction was? Later they tried to get Honda in some very unusual ways. We could reach an agreement if Milan behaved decently. But they tried to threaten us and provoke a conflict between Honda and CSKA.
"Honda knows what's going on, and he doesn't have any problems. It is well known that CSKA are willing to honour the wishes of players, and Vagner Love's move to China proves that. But our club must be treated with respect."
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