Balotelli Linked with Milan Exit

AC Milan’s volatile striker, Mario Balotelli, could be heading back to the Premier League with Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, believed to have met the former Manchester City man’s agent ahead of a potential summer transfer.

The controversial 23-year-old, who is rarely out of the headlines or the live football commentary, has enjoyed a prolific spell with the Rossoneri, scoring 21 goals in just 30 Serie A appearances for a side that has struggled badly this season.

Wenger is prepared to take a risk on Balotelli, who moved from one headline-making incident to another during his spell in Manchester, as he has had to rely on Olivier Giroud too much this season as the attacking options at the Emirates Stadium are extremely limited.

ALLEGRI SUFFERING

Ac.Milan’s season has been so disastrous that even the head coach Massimiliano Allegri acknowledges it and has already stated that it will be his last time in charge of the Italian giants who are at the 13th spot in the Serie A.

"I do not know who will be the new coach, but it is a problem that does not concern me. Of course, this is my last Christmas at AC Milan. I decided to stay on for another season. I liked the idea of staying on and finishing the job, but four years with one club is many." Allegri said after being asked about his future with Ac.Milan

Massimiliano Allegri was brought into the club back in 2010 and he made a huge splash by securing the Scudetto in his debut year in charge of Ac.Milan but from there on out everything has taken a turn for the worse.

PRANDELLI IN DEMAND

Cesare Prandelli has developed a reputation as one of the best Italian coaches in the world right now. He will be an in demand when he eventually leaves his role as the Italian national team manager. He is widely expected to step down from his role after the end of the 2014 World Cup. He has been linked with several clubs in Italy with Juventus very keen in him over the last few months.

Juventus are regarded as one of the top clubs in Italy, while they have won the league in the last two seasons in succession. Their manager Antonio Conte is regarded as one of the best young and upcoming managers.

ODUAMADI IS THE FUTURE

Nigerian striker Nnamdi Oduamadi is regarded at AC Milan as a player who could develop into a real good player in the future. He was brought to the San Siro in 2009, but he has largely been on loan spells at various clubs like Torino and Genoa.

He recently sealed yet another loan move, and this time it was to Italian Serie B team Brescia. He has made this move in the hope of playing regularly. This being a World Cup year, players want to impress in order to get into the national team squad. Nigeria are expected by the football betting markets to be at the World Cup 2014 unless there was a major surprise.

AC LOSE TO CHELSEA

AC Milan were recently defeated 2-0 by Chelsea in their pre-season tour in the United States. After the match, midfielder Kevin Prince Boetang has said that the club needs to strengthen if they are to be capable of challenging for the title at the end of the season.

Milan finished the last campaign in the third position after a great end to the season. The 26-year-old has admitted that the match against Milan was a good test for the team, but he needs to see the club bring in a couple of players before the end of the transfer window.

Boetang was one of the best players for Milan last season. However, he is hoping to improve on this season.

LAVEZZI WANTS NAPOLI STAY

Napoli star Ezequiel Lavezzi has said that he is very much open towards the prospect of staying at Napoli next season as well.

Napoli have made Ezequiel Lavezzi one of the household names after their appearance in the Champions League, and is afavourite of fans on the football betting markets.

A number of clubs including the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea have shown interest in the striker. He is one of the best in the business when it comes to counter attacking football, but the Argentine has said that he is not the much interested in moving from Napoli next season.

GOMEZ TIPPED FOR MOVE

German international Mario Gomez has been one of the most wanted strikers in the summer after he is highly anticipated to leave Bayern Munich before the transfer window closes. Despite being a £ 30 million signing from Stuttgart only a few years ago, Gomez found himself playing second fiddle at Bayern Munich last season.

It was only a year ago that Gomez was one of the regular first-team players alongside Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben up front. It is thought that the 27-year-old is highly displeased with the last season and he does not see his opportunities increasing under new manager Guardiola as well.

EXPECT MORE

Italian national team manager Cesare Prandelli has said that he is expecting more from the national team in the future, but he is confident that they can become a truly great team. Italy were often criticised in recent years for having several older players in the team.

Immediately after taking over, Prandelli has been working towards reducing the age of the national squad. Through the introduction of players like Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy, Italy now boasts of a lot of young talent. As a result, there have been inconsistencies in their game in recent months.

CASSANO OFFERED HOPE

The Italian Antonio Cassano has not featured for the national team since being left out of the team that could manage only a 1-1 draw with the Dutch. Cassano has been criticised by several high-profile managers like Fabio Capello for getting involved in a clash with the Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni.

However, the Italian manager Prandelli has said that the international career for the 30-year-old is not over yet. He has insisted that this is just a break from international football, and Cassano will soon be in his plans for the future squads.

YOUNGSTERS BREAK THROUGH

Italian football has been dominated by the presence of several older players over the years, but the current manager Cesare Prandelli has been trying to reduce the age of the squad in recent months.

He has now said that he will be looking to introduce some of the players part of the under 21 squad into the senior squad for the Confederations cup in the hope of providing them with experience. Italy will be playing in the Confederations cup in 2013 as preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Players like Stephan El Shaarawy have been extremely promising for the national team in the last few months.

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