English press suggest that Balotelli is on the verge of joining Milan, despite denial…
Milan claim they are planning a €25 million bid to sign Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli in January, according to Daily Mail.
Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is thought to be a Balotelli fan and has ordered CEO Adriano Galliani to negotiate with City owners and the strikers’ agents. The Italian striker missed City’s 1-0 win over Reading and Mancini said: “Mario is ill. I don’t know where he is now. For one week he’s been ill. He came to the training ground yesterday because he wants to train but he can’t.”
City’s hierarchy feel the wayward 22-year-old is more trouble than he is worth following a series of indiscretions and are happy to encourage Milan’s interest.
For their part, the Italian club — who face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League — are close to offloading Brazil strikers Robinho and Alexandre Pato in January to finance a €30 million cash bid for Balotelli.
A senior source at San Siro said: “Mancini will not be involved so it doesn’t matter what he thinks. The negotiations are going to take place between Abu Dhabi and Galliani, and they will include Balotelli’s agent who is very close to Galliani.”
In the meantime, Milan’s CEO confirmed he’s flying to Brazil for negotiations after Robinho and Alexandre Pato asked to leave.
“My trip to Brazil has been planned for months. It will be all work and no vacation, as there are two negotiations in progress. Pato and Robinho asked to leave Milan. I already know what could happen in case they do go.” Robinho is wanted by former club Santos and Pato by world champion club side Corinthians.