Mario Balotelli Would Thrive in Transfer to A.C. Milan

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 19, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Mario Balotelli of Manchester City in action during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match between Manchester City and Watford at The Etihad Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Mario Balotelli is closing in on a return to Italy, as A.C. Milan are working to secure a transfer for the Manchester City striker. According to Sky Sports, A.C. Milan has confirmed their interest in the Italian, but would require City to lower their asking price to finalize the deal. 

After falling out of form in England, Balotelli would thrive in a move back to Italy.

According to the report at Sky Sports, the deal rests on Manchester City lowering their asking price. 

Vice-president Adriano Galliani admits the Italian giants are interested in signing the City striker - but not for the £31million he claims the Premier League champions are demanding.

Galliani said: "At the end of Friday Manchester City was still saying 37 million euros. We'll see on Monday. At that price, Balotelli will stay at Manchester City."

The deal makes sense for all the parties involved. While the price is still an issue, it would be surprising if the deal didn't get done. 

Balotelli's stay in Manchester hasn't gone as expected. He's struggled to find his form amongst the other world class strikers in the City stable, and he's had multiple personal issues on and off the pitch.

The biggest dust-up off the pitch was the recent fight between Balotelli and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. The two had to be separated after arguing on the training ground as photographers captured the tense moment.

Throughout this Premier League season, Balotelli has struggled to get on the pitch. He's played in 14 matches and found the net just once.

It's safe to say that Balotelli truly needs a change of scenery. 

Balotelli's most recent success came during Euro 2012, where he was named as part of the UEFA Team of the Tournament. He lead his Italian side into the final, where they lost to Spain. He scored twice against Germany in the semifinals.

During that tournament, Balotelli often looked like the most dangerous player on the pitch. Aside from scoring goals, Balotelli made numerous great runs and provided a threat every time he touched the ball.

There is no doubt in the ability that Balotelli possess. He can make an immediate impact as a striker for A.C. Milan.

A.C. Milan needs to improve their squad. They currently sit seventh in the Serie A table. They are fifth in the league in scoring, but have been largely inconsistent on a match-to-match basis. 

Stephan El Shaarawy has been the heart and soul of A.C. Milan, but at times he's been the only attacking option. Milan would heavily benefit from bringing in another goal scorer that could take pressure of El Shaarawy and give the squad another threat. 

The pairing of Balotelli and El Shaarawy would not only be a big positive for A.C. Milan, but for Italy as well. Having those two play together for both club and country would give them a great advantage for the next World Cup. 

Balotelli would just need to live up to his potential. That's been said numerous times, but a move back home to Milan would give him the best chance. 

One of the biggest reasons Balotelli has struggled during his career has been a lack of respect for his current club. As a boyhood supporter of A.C. Milan, Balotelli already does respect the club. He realizes his chances are running out, and he's blowing opportunities. 

A Balotelli transfer to A.C. Milan would be in the best interest of not only both parties, but Manchester City as well. They would get rid of the problematic Balotelli and his heavy wage bill. For A.C. Milan, Balotelli would thrive and revive the struggling squad.