AC Milan prepared to pay £25m to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi

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AC Milan are reportedly willing to pay big money to capture the signing of Ezequiel Lavezzi, a deal that would presumably have big ramifications for the transfer plans of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

According to recent reports from The Daily Express, the Rossoneri - who are looking to bounce back under the management of former striker Filippo Inzaghi following a woeful 2013/14 season - are prepared to meet Paris Saint-Germain's £25 million valuation of Lavezzi in order for the Argentine to move to the San Siro.

For Chelsea - as well as fellow Serie A outfit Juventus - this would come as a hefty transfer blow.

Although Jose Mourinho has moved quickly to bolster his striking options with last month's expensive signing of Spanish international Diego Costa, the Blues have been linked frequently with Lavezzi this summer and the 29-year-old World Cup finalist may certainly have added another valuable dimension to an attack that looked lackluster on several occasions last season.

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Whereas Chelsea will be disheartened by AC Milan's apparent intent to secure Lavezzi's signature at his full asking price, that particular transfer could well provide a significant boost for title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool.

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Both of those aforementioned clubs have been linked heavily with a potential swoop for Mario Balotelli, and Lavezzi's arrival - if indeed it is completed - at Milan could reportedly leave the controversial Italian free to move on.

With Balotelli believed to have recently had his valuation slashed to just £14.5 million in a hope to coax potential suitors into making a bid, he certainly should not prove too expensive for either Arsene Wenger or Brendan Rogers, both of whom are still believed to be in the market for attacking reinforcements.

However, would he really be worth the risk? Balotelli - who endured a number of high-profile bust-ups with former manager Roberto Mancini during his time at Manchester City - obviously has previous experience of the Premier League, but his reputation and potential to invite unwanted controversy may outweigh that particular benefit.

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