Milan are reportedly lining up a summer move for Carlos Bacca, having finally lost patience with the controversial Mario Balotelli.
The future of the former Manchester City striker has again been called into question in recent weeks, particularly after last Friday when he clashed with coach Clarence Seedorf having been substituted due to a disappointing performance in the 2-0 defeat at Roma. To follow this up, he then had an altercation with Sky Sport Italia pundits.
“You don’t know anything about football, trust me,” he replied to one studio host when it was suggested he doesn’t do enough work off the ball. “When Milan wins Mario Balotelli is great, but when Milan lose Mario Balotelli is bad,” added the Italy international, who joined the Rossoneri in January 2013 for a fee of around £20million.
The Express reported at the weekend that Milan have now lost patience with the 22-year-old, and are willing to listen to offers for his signature in the summer. Despite the controversy which appears to follow him wherever he goes, there is no doubt Balotelli has the ability to become one of the great forward in European football.
Even this season, in which his side are languishing in mid-table, he has arguably been their standout performer. He has appeared 38 times in all competitions, including 10 in the UEFA Champions League, and has returned 18 goals and seven assists. Indeed, without his input, the San Siro giants would likely be looking at a bottom-half finish.
If the Italian giants decide to cash in on Balotelli when the window reopens at the end of the season, they would likely want to recoup the fee they paid City for him almost 16 months ago. A return to England has been mooted with both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur said to be interested, but would either London side take such a risk?
Meanwhile, reports in Spain claim Milan want to sign Bacca as a replacement for Balotelli. The 27-year-old is enjoying a fine debut season in La Liga, with his 14 goals in 29 matches firing Sevilla to fifth place in the standings. The Colombian international remains under contract for another four years at his current club, but Fichajes.net believe the Rossoneri could try and lure him to Serie A before the start of next term.