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Milan vice-president claims Balotelli is not irreplaceable

ESPN staff
June 23, 2014
Mario Balotelli is currently on World Cup duty for Italy in Brazil © Getty Images

Milan vice-president Barbara Berlusconi has refused to rule out selling Mario Balotelli amid reports that the striker could be on his way out of the San Siro.

Arsenal are understood to be among those keen on signing Balotelli, who joined Milan from Manchester City in January 2013.

Balotelli was criticised after Milan's disappointing performance last season, which saw them finish eighth in Serie A, and Berlusconi has offered no assurances that he will remain at the club.

"Balotelli is a great player," Berlusconi said. "But the way I see it, I don't believe that someone can be irreplaceable. We will see what happens."

City have a buy-back option on Balotelli, but are unlikely to exercise it given his tumultuous time in Manchester. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger however, has said he is "keeping an eye out" for the striker as attempts to address a lack of forwards at the Emirates Stadium.

New manager Filippo Inzaghi is also likely to have to sell players to raise the funds he needs for an overhaul of the squad, although Berlusconi attempted to assure fans there was money available.

"Milan is a very solid club, we are positioned very well in turnover and are calm for the upcoming seasons," she said. "My father [Silvio Berlusconi] wants to continue investing in Milan."

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