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Arsenal Target Mario Balotelli Set For AC Milan Exit

Reports are out claiming that Arsenal target Mario Balotelli is edging closer to an AC Milan departure.

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Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola has claimed the Italy striker has been left “sad and desperate” after AC Milan failed to back him following his disappointing World Cup.

AC Milan vice-president Barbara Berlusconi claimed Balotelli was “replaceable” and the ex-Manchester City striker has been widely criticised in the Italian media.

Raiola said: “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.”

Even some of Balotelli’s team-mates hinted they were frustrated with the 23-year-old while fans have turned on him after Italy’s early exit.

But Raiola added: “It’s disgraceful to point the finger at Balotelli. 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 [Italian] clubs no longer win [trophies], so how could the national team perform a miracle?

“I don’t judge people and I don’t know Prandelli. But his tactical plan was a losing one. How can you win playing just with one striker on the pitch? Even Costa Rica played with three strikers.”

Balotelli is being linked with a move to Arsenal, where new sponsors PUMA are keen to see their client make the switch.

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