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Milan's biggest asset, this list wouldn't be complete without Super Mario.
The Italian international has carried the Milan offense in his first 18 months with the club and was effectively the team's lone goal threat last season while Stephan El Shaarawy and Giampaolo Pazzini were sidelined with long-term injuries.
By now, we're all probably familiar with the links between Balotelli and Arsenal, but after a disappointing showing in Brazil, Berlusconi shed some light on the situation, via Metro (h/t Gazzetta dello Sport).
'Other than Italy, I’m the one who lost at the World Cup,' Berlusconi is reported to have said.
'I was selling Balotelli to an English team for several millions, but, after this World Cup, who will buy him now?
‘I was going to sell it to a top English club for 35million [euros], then the deal has stalled.’
With Arsenal seemingly out of the Balotelli picture as they inch closer to signing Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, per Colin Harvey of Daily Star, Liverpool are monitoring the situation, according to Daily Star's Rhys Turrell.
If Liverpool does decide to sell Luis Suarez, Balotelli's quality on the pitch would certainly help, but I'd be loath to replace Suarez with another problematic forward.
Aside from Liverpool and Arsenal, there aren't many other clubs that both have a need up front and can afford the mercurial striker. Real Madrid comes to mind as, via Football-Italia (h/t AS and Corriere dello Sport), los Blancos are primed to lose Alvaro Morata to Juventus.
On the pitch, it's in Milan's best interest to retain him, as it'll be interesting to see what Inzaghi can impart on the Italian No. 9. Pippo is renowned for his instincts and if he can teach Balo how to get more easy goals, it will lighten the burden on the Milan front-man, who has been left to create many of his own chances.
We never know what Balotelli will do and if it's in the cards for him to leave, the €25 million-plus Milan would receive would go a long way in signing Inzaghi's top targets.
Statistics courtesy of Whoscored unless otherwise noted. Transfer fees and valuations courtesy of Transfermarkt.