[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rsenal have been chasing AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli for the last few weeks and they have been given a major boost with the latest comments of Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi was a major reason in ensuring that Milan brought back Balotelli to the San Siro, but this time wearing the colours of Milan. Balotelli is a self-confessed fan of AC Milan, but the financial problems at the club could force them into selling the player.
Milan will be without a season of European football after failing to qualify for both Europa League and Champions League last season. This is set to negatively impact the club’s finances. Kaka, who is one of the highest earners at the club, is set to be sold on a free transfer in order to reduce the wage bill. The 32-year-old came to Milan only last summer and he has had only an average impact. Balotelli, on the other hand, has been very important Milan. Despite a very poor campaign for his teammates, Balotelli returned with 14 goals in 30 matches last season.
Yet, Berlusconi has strangely suggested that no player is irreplaceable. He was put forth the speculation about Balotelli leaving the club. According to the official site of Milan, he said: “Balotelli is a great player. But the way I see it, I don’t believe that someone can be irreplaceable. We will see what happens.”
The striker was also noncommittal when asked about his future while on international duty with the Italian team. Balotelli has one goal at the World Cup 2014 and it helped Italy beat England in the opening group match. Balotelli could cost in the region of £25 million.