AC Milan's vice-president Silvio Berlusconi has dropped the biggest hint that striker Mario Balotelli is set to leave the club, by claiming that the Italian is replaceable.
Reports have heated up since the World Cup that the 23-year-old is set to leave the San Siro this Summer, with a move to Premier League side Arsenal the rumoured destination.
Balotelli, who has the same sponsor as Arsenal, has been told by the Italian club that he can leave in the transfer window, and it's believed that the club-president and new manager Filippo Inzaghi, are already working on finding suitable replacements.
Milan, who sacked Clarence Seedorf at the end of the season, have held several meetings already this Summer regarding transfers, and it's believed that they are all keen to see Balotelli leave so that they can free up some wage and also after growing frustrated with his attitude on the pitch.
The Italian striker cut a frustrated figure at the end of last season, and he is now wanting to return to England and play in the Champions League once again.
Despite Arsenal being the favourites to sign Balotelli, Napoli are also considering a Summer bid for the former-Manchester City man, but it's believed that a move back to England is the likely option.
Reports have suggested that Arsene Wenger is in Brazil to hold talks with Balotelli's representatives ahead of a potential £25million deal, and it's suggested that the North London club will offer him around £180k-a-week.
With all the rumours suggesting their is a deal in the pipeline, Milan vice-chairman, Barbara Berlusconi, has released a formal statement on the club's website.
'Balotelli is a great player,' Silvio Berlusconi said.
'But the way I see it, I don’t believe that someone can be irreplaceable.
'We will see what happens.'
Arsenal are preparing to offer roughly £25m for the Italian, which would see Milan make a £5m profit on him after they spent £20m on him in January 2013.
However, it's believed the Italian side want closer to £30m for the 23-year-old.
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