Mario Balotelli may have yet to complete a full season as an AC Milan player but, given the club’s faltering campaign and lowly league position, the Italian striker has already been linked with a transfer away from the San Siro.
Balotelli moved to Milan from Manchester in the January transfer window of last year, with the Rossoneri paying €20 million to recruit the player from City. He’s done rather well for Milan since his arrival, scoring 29 times in 48 appearances, but could be forgiven for having greater ambitions.
Milan are 11th in Serie A after 32 matches completed and, with 45 points to their name, are closer to bottom-placed Catania than they are to Juventus, who are edging ever closer to a third successive title.
Does Balotelli hold tight at Milan and hope their fortunes change under Clarence Seedorf? Well, it may be that his hand is forced should he perform to distinction at the World Cup and another club come calling.
Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with respective bids for Balotelli, and some leading bookmakers have opened a book on the 23-year-old’s next permanent club. Here are the top 12 contenders to sign Balotelli, as per the odds from the bookies.