According to Mario Balotelli's agent, Mino Raoila, the Italian striker is prepared to leave AC Milan this summer, and is also upset about the comments made by the club's vice-president, Barbara Berlusconi, who said the 23-year-old was 'replaceable'.
Reports have been escalating with rumours that the controversial striker may complete a summer switch to Arsenal, with both club and player being sponsored by Puma, but recently Milan have moved quickly to rule out any potential deal, despite the vice-president claiming he could be sold because they would easily find a replacement for him.
The former Manchester City and Inter Milan striker has been heavily criticised in the Italian press for his poor performances in Brazil, and Raiola, his agent, has revealed that his client is annoyed and upset about the reaction to his displays. Balotelli only managed to net once in the World Cup, against England in the opener, and many people are blaming him for their early exit in the tournament, but his agent has move quickly to defend him stating that it isn't just his fault that they finished third in their group.
"It's disgraceful to point the finger at Balotelli," Raiola said, according to talkSPORT.
"This is the mirror of a country whose football is dead.
"But did anyone really think Italy would win the World Cup?
"I am not surprised by Italy's failure. In Europe our clubs no longer win so how could the national team perform a miracle?"
When questioned about his client's future, Raiola admitted that Balotelli is open to a move away, especially after Berlusconi's comments. However he has stated that the striker is grateful for the comments made by another Milan vice-president, Adriano Galliani, who was the only man at the club to defend their player during the tournament.
"Mario is sad, desperate. Only Galliani has defended him while the FIGC (Italian football federation) remains absolutely silent.
"I appreciate Galliani's comments but now I want to respond to Barbara Berlusconi.
"If for her Mario is replaceable, she should set up a meeting in the club's headquarters and we will find a solution, just as I am used to doing.
"I remember that Mario had other important offers. He (Balotelli) is at Milan because of his heart - her (Berlusconi), I don't know."
Arsenal are reportedly willing to pay £27million for the 23-year-old, but may face competition from Rafael Benitez's Napoli, who are also interested in signing the Italian just in case Gonzalo Higuain does leave the club.
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