Despite the AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi referring to him as “a bad apple,” it’s reported Manchester City are prepared to accept a €30m(£25m) offer from the Rossoneri for Mario Balotelli.
The 22-year-old would fit the club’s strategy of focusing on youth and is much admired by Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani.
Man City manager Roberto Mancini has repeatedly defended the Italian striker, despite off the field antics and several training ground bust-ups, but according to The Guardian, it is City’s directors that have finally run out of patience with SupermMario.
A transfer fee of around €30m, will match the fee that City paid to sign Balotelli from Inter Milan in 2010.
One potential obstacle though in any deal between AC Milan and Manchester City, is the Rossoneri’s city rivals Inter. According to Inter director Piero Ausilio, the Nerazzurri claim that they still have a “first refusal on Balotelli if he leaves Manchester City.”
I cannot envision any scenario where see anyway that Inter would resign Balotelli. He split their dressing room when Mourinho was in charge, and their is no way that the Inter board will let Balotelli in a dressing room run by a young coach like Andrea Stramaccioni.