Mario Balotelli has already spent some time in New York City with his fiancee, and he is supposed to meet his AC Milan teammates there tomorrow as they prepare for their USA tour. On the surface, he looks like he's going nowhere.
But all the while he is the subject of transfer rumours and denials and more reports. It's a tiring cycle of news that will not stop until the end of August.
Milan themselves have been looking for a player worth their money. The list of targets began with Juan Iturbe (now a Roma player); Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann (according to the Mirror); Torino's Alessio Cerci, who, according to Tuttosport (h/t Football Italia), prefers Inter to Milan; and most recently PSG's Ezequiel Lavezzi, a name discussed by Milan's directors and coaches, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia).
It all looks like a game of fantasy. Whether Milan would actually spend close to €20 million on any one of those players is a good question.
Let's take a look at the latest round of silliness in the press.