Chelsea may be the team to benefit from Italy’s early exit from the World Cup with under-fire Mario Balotelli prepared to consider a move away from AC Milan.
While AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has defended the 23-year-old striker for his performances in Brazil, another club vice-president Barbara Berlusconi hinted at the possibility of a Balotelli transfer this summer by saying he is “replaceable”.
And Balotelli, who is rated very highly across Europe, has been linked with a move to the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen on adding to his attack this summer and see’s the big man as a great partner to Diego Costa.
Now reports claim that a deal to bring the talented Italian back to the Premier League remains in the offing.
“Mario is sad, desperate,” Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Only Galliani has defended him while the FIGC (Italian football federation) remains absolutely silent.
“I appreciate Galliani’s comments but now I want to respond to Barbara Berlusconi.
“If for her Mario is replaceable, she should set up a meeting in the club’s headquarters and we will find a solution, just as I am used to doing.
“I remember that Mario had other important offers.
“He (Balotelli) is at Milan because of his heart – her (Berlusconi), I don’t know.”