Rumors of a Mario Balotelli move from Manchester City to AC Milan are nothing new. The Italian bad boy has been linked to the Rossoneri since he was a teenage sensation at the other San Siro club, Inter Milan.
With City manager Roberto Mancini relying on other attacking options at the Etihad, it looks like Balotelli is available for the right price, and Milan could very well be the suitor that wants him enough to go into their very small bank account and find the finances to bring him in.
The talk out of Milan has been mixed signals. Sometimes, the club's president, Silvio Berlusconi, will trash Balotelli and his character, but then he will apologize and leave the idea open (via ESPN).
AC Milan can claim all they want that Balotelli is not a target, and maybe that is true. But the dynamic tandem of Galliani and Berlusconi have developed a reputation for misleading everyone from journalists, to opponents, to fans about their transfer plans.
There is no reason to believe that Mario Balotelli is not an AC Milan target. No one will truly know until the transfer deadline passes without any action by Milan.
However, the fact that Milan are leaving the idea open could mean that they want people to think they are moving for Balotelli while actually going after another player.
Here is some evidence to prove that the chatter surrounding Balotelli is a smoke screen.