Italian side AC Milan are now desperate to sell one of their highest-paid players and have even slashed almost £10million off his price-tag, according to the Daily Express.
The man they are desperate to sell is striker Mario Balotelli, and after Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool have been strongly linked with the Italian, Milan are now ready to open up the bidding war and will even sell him for as low as £14.5million.
The controversial striker left the Premier League after a falling-out at Manchester City, but despite starting off life brilliantly in Serie A, Balotelli has recently cut a frustrated figure at the San Siro and his performances have not pleased the hierarchy at the club and nor the fans.
With Clarence Seedorf sacked and Filippo Inzaghi in to replace him, the club are now keen on sorting out their finances and trimming the wage-bill and with Balotelli topping that wage-bill, he is likely to be the first man out of the door.
Before the World Cup, reports were high suggesting that he was on his way to Arsenal due to the club being sponsored by PUMA and also Balotelli's personal sponsors being PUMA as well, but since then, the reports have died down and Arsenal have signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.
When questioned about Balotelli in Brazil, Arsene Wenger was very clear that he did not want the 23-year-old and wasn't even considering making a bid for him.
Balotelli and Italy were dumped out of the tournament after just three matches, and Balotelli took a lot of the stick from fans after he only managed to net once, and even the board at Milan were left frustrated by his showings. The club president admitted that he was very close to selling Balotelli before the World Cup to an unnamed Premier League side, most likely to be Arsenal, but he confirmed that selling him now is unlikely after his display in Brazil.
Due to lack of interest in their player, Milan have now dashed their asking price from £24million, to just £14.5m in the hope that someone will sign him and get him off their wage-bill.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool are on the look-out for new strikers, but with Balotelli's controversial past on and off the pitch, the English clubs may choose to look elsewhere, despite the flattering price-tag on his head.
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