Mario Balotelli: Manchester City Shouldn't Worry About Losing Perplexing Forward
And according to the Guardian's Jamie Jackson, that January transfer could soon come to fruition:
Mario Balotelli" href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/mario-balotelli">Mario Balotelli's Manchester City future could be decided this week, with talks expected between the champions and Milan on Monday. City are said to want £31m for the striker but the fee may end up nearer to the £24m he cost them from Internazionale in the summer of 2010.
Adriano Galliani, the Milan vice-president, has told Gazzetta dello Sport: "At the end of Friday, Manchester City still said €37m. We will see on Monday. Under these conditions, he will remain at Manchester City."
It's understandable that the Blues don't want to budge on their price.
For as much flack as Balotelli receives, the Italian is still a tremendous talent at a very young age. Additionally, while Manchester City is obviously loaded with goal-scoring talent all over the field, Roberto Mancini doesn't have an excess of true strikers.
But sometimes you just have to cut your losses. Sometimes, a player's antics out-weigh his gaudy potential.
And Balotelli's antics are world-class.
Balotelli is certifiably crazy, and even worse, his play on the pitch is no longer backing up those unpredictable actions.
Should Manchester City sell Balotelli?
As a result, he's seeing less and less playing time. Most recently, he was an unused substitute against Fulham.
Manchester City shouldn't sell low on Balotelli quite yet, but if Milan is willing to offer a healthy price, the Blues shouldn't hesitate in ridding themselves of the enigmatic, often impossible-to-figure-out striker.
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