The market is officially open, and silly season is upon us. It is still unclear how AC Milan will approach the offseason, whether they decide to spend money and give a gift to new coach Pippo Inzaghi.
One thing is clearer: Mario Balotelli does not appear to be going anywhere. The 23-year-old had a disappointing World Cup, despite scoring in his first game.
It was reported in the Italian press that Silvio Berlusconi lost any potential transfer money from Balotelli because of that World Cup: "Other than Italy, I lost during the World Cup," Berlusconi was quoted as saying in Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t the Press Association, via The Guardian). "I was about to sell Balotelli to an English team for several millions. But after this World Cup who will buy him any more?"
The question is valid, especially considering that Milan don't usually sell their players at a low.
But Milan have targeted other players in different positions, and some could and will leave. Here's a quick snapshot of their market.