North London club Arsenal have been given a boost in the search for a new striker after AC Milan vice-president Barbara Berlusconi said Mario Balotelli is replaceable.
The Gunners have been linked with a £25million switch for the Italian striker as Arsene Wenger looks to make a serious title challenge next term. The Italy international, who is currently in Brazil at the World Cup, is an expendable asset, according to the Rossoneri chief.
Speaking to Milan's official website, Berlusconi said: "Balotelli is a great player. But the way I see it, I don't believe that someone can be irreplaceable.
"We will see what happens," added Barbara.
The controversial forward has scored 14 goals in the 30 games for Milan last season and has proved his quality in the Premier League with Manchester City, scoring 30 goals in a total of 80 games for the Citizens
Race for Sanchez
Meanwhile, the Gunners also look to have joined the race for Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean's future looks uncertain at the Nou Camp and he could be put for sale, even after his great season with the Catalans culminating with an impressive showing at the World Cup.
Yet Arsenal will face competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Italian Champions Juventus. Liverpool will use Sanchez as a back-up option if they fail to sign Adam Lallana from Southampton.
Juventus looked to lead the race, but the winger's price tag is said to be too high for the Scudetto winners, giving Arsenal a chance to get the mercurial winger before the Turin giants. Sanchez has scored 21 goals and provided 15 assists in 54 games for Barca, but with his hefty price tag, Arsenal will probably sign only one of either one of him or Balotelli.
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