Reports surfaced yesterday of contact being made between the intermediaries of A.C Milan and Mario Balotelli and a loan-move for the Italian striker could happen in the next few days.
Mario Balotelli allegedly met with newly appointed Milan coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic, on Saturday in Florence, and today Milan General Manager, Adriano Galliani confirmed that negotiations were underway with Liverpool to bring the striker back to Milan saying, “We’re in talks with Liverpool to bring him back on loan. We’ve not reached an agreement yet about how much of his wage we will have to pay and how much they will pay. So there’s no agreement just yet. The player has realised that this is the very last train for him to get on. He wants to come back, so let’s see.”
The player did not have the best of times in Liverpool, only managing to score one goal in the premier league and 4 goals in total last season from 28 appearances for Liverpool, however it was a different story for Milan where Mario was able to find the back of the net 30 times and make 12 assists for the Rossoneri in 54 appearances.
Not only would this be one final chance for the striker to make a mark while playing for a top team, this will also a very good opportunity for Mario Balotelli to earn a spot on the Italy squad for the 2016 Euros this summer.
It’s also notable that Mihajlovic was assistant coach at Inter Milan when Balotelli first made his breakthrough. Another notable fact is that Milan operate in a 4-3-1-2 formation with 2 strikers which could be important for Mario as it has often been argued that Balotelli is best utilized playing alongside another striker rather than being placed up top by himself.
If this transfer comes to pass, Mario Balotelli will need to put all emotional baggage behind and focus on his football. If he does not play well, he will be the only loser as Milan will not be relying solely on him for goals and could easily bench him in favour or Menez, Luiz Adriano, Bacca or Cerci.
It is said whenever Mario Balotelli makes a transfer: this will either be a brilliant transfer, or a terrible one.
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