AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi says he won’t pay “Monopoly” money for Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli or Real Madrid’s Kaka.
The Serie A club have been heavily linked with a move for the controversial Etihad Stadium striker but the former Italian Prime Minister says his club can no longer afford the price being asked by Roberto Mancini’s club.
According to the Daily Mail, Milan have wanted to bring back Rossoneri fan Balotelli for some time but Manchester City have repeatedly resisted requests to lower their asking price.
They have also been in discussions with La Liga champions Real Madrid about taking Kaka back to San Siro on loan in January, but those talks broke down as well – the Brazilian moved from AC to the Santiago Bernabeu for a then record £56million fee in 2009.
Berlusconi claims the money being asked by both teams is no longer affordable for his club and suggests the current global financial climate means no club can.
“Kaka and Balotelli? Neither of the two,” he told Corriere dello Sport.
“It's not possible in this day and age to play Monopoly. Galliani remains optimistic but the tough language of accounting keeps him from doing his work.”
Milan have shipped out many of their top stars in recent months as the financial crisis in Italy has hit.
Most high profile of these departures was striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and centre-back Thiago Silva, both of who made big-money moves to PSG.