AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi believes any potential transfer for striker Mario Balotelli is now off the cards due to his poor performances during the Brazilian World Cup with Italy, according to the Metro.
The controversial striker was highly disappointing during the group stage matches for Italy, scoring just once, and after they lost 1-0 to Uruguay in their final match, the Italians were sent home early. The 23-year-old had little impact during their 1-0 loss to Costa Rica, which if they had won, would have seen them progress, and then he went missing throughout the Uruguay game which sealed their fate.
Balotelli, who formerly played for Manchester City in the Premier League, was a massive target for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger's hunt for a striker continues into the Summer, and with The Gunners being sponsored by Puma, who also sponsor Balotelli, a deal was looking likely, with a £25million offer on the table.
However, with Wenger in Brazil watching the World Cup, he was less than impressed with the striker's performances, and he is now looking elsewhere, according to reports.
Whilst on a French TV show during the competition, Wenger was even questioned about links with Balotelli, and he straight up refused them before Ruud Guillit weighed in on the situation by saying no-one would want to sign him because he is un-manageable.
Not only were Arsenal linked with the Milan striker, Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool were as well as they continue to look for a Luis Suarez replacement, who looks set to complete a move to FC Barcelona, but they have also turned their attentions elsewhere and have gone cold on the idea of signing the former-City man.
To add further insult to Balotelli, Berlusconi has now said in an interview that not only has the striker lost an opportunity, so has the club, as he now believes they won't be able to sell the striker after a poor showing in Brazil.
The president of the club stated that he was close to sealing a deal before the World Cup with a Premier League side, but he now is left ruing the decision not to wrap up the deal.
"Other than Italy, I’m the one who lost at the World Cup," Berlusconi is reported to have said.
"I was selling Balotelli to an English team for several millions, but, after this World Cup, who will buy him now?
"I was going to sell it to a top English club for 35million [euros], then the deal has stalled."
Berlusconi didn't mention which English club he was in talks with, but it's widely believed to be Arsenal.
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