Manchester City's out of favor star Mario Balotelli
Last Update: January 29, 2013.
The up-and-coming youngster Stephan El Shaarawy continues to make his case for the permanent first team striker, but there are rumors that he could be getting a new strike partner before the end of the month.
Additionally, two legendary midfielders have been linked with the club this week and it will be interesting to see just how it all plays out.
Chelsea veteran midfielder Frank Lampard continues to show the fans at Stamford Bridge that he still has it, but his club appears to be done with their super No. 8.
The Milanese giants have a history of picking out veteran midfielders to bring to the club, and Lampard could fancy a move to one of Southern Europe's best cities.
Both players are contracted for the foreseeable future to Newcastle at the moment and there is belief that the Rossoneri are not financially prepared to pay the asking fees of both, but could try and negotiate summer-time deals.
AC Milan's sale of Alexandre Pato in the opening week of the transfer window have seen them take on the task of filling the Brazilian's boots.
Manchester City outcast Mario Balotelli has been linked with the Rossoneri for the majority of the window and he is believed to be on his way out if the Italians will pay the £22 million asking price.
Since his move away from Italy, the Brazilian midfield-maestro has struggled to stay healthy and to stay at the top of his game in Spain.
A return to Milan could see him have more of an opportunity to exert his skill on the play, but the financial aspect of the move looks to be more than even reports from ESPN may know.
It was confirmed by Goal.com that Cristian Zaccardo joined AC Milan over the weekend after completing a medical on Friday afternoon.
The 31-year-old is expected to be a utility player that can play either in the heart of the back line or as a holding defensive midfielder as is needed with the ever changing formations of the Rossoneri.
In many cases, this is not truly a signing that many Milan fans were likely to have been hoping to see.
Mario Balotelli looks even more likely to be staying at Manchester City as both BBC Sports and Sky Sports confirm that manager Roberto Mancini has stood firm on his decision to keep the player for the time being.
The Serie A champions could be attempting a last minute effort to sign the Italian international and could incite a bidding war that makes City consider their options.
According to reports from Goal.com, AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino claims that he is, "...happy at Milan..."
In an interview quoted by Goal's Stefan Coerts, the 27-year-old player is set to remain at the San Siro for the Rossoneri despite any rumors linking him with an exit:
I am happy at Milan. I do not think that I will leave this winter. We will evaluate my situation at the end of the season.
The midfielder did admit, though, that he could be on the move if Milan opt to put him up for sale.
Then again, if the club decide to sell me, we would have to sit down and discuss what's best for all of us.
Rumors that he was headed to Napoli this January appear to have been little more than food for the press.
After reports had suggested that the player was not going to be leaving City in the near future, this news has shocked much of the transfer market.
AC Milan will be getting an obvious talent in Balotelli, but it remains to be seen how much his off-field issues affect his second time at the San Siro.
Inter Milan fans will not be happy to see the former Nerazzurri change his stripes to those of the Rossoneri.