Are Milan preparing for the sale of £25m Arsenal and Chelsea target?

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AC Milan's interest in Emmanuel Adebayor could be a sign they're going to offload Mario Balotelli.

Several sources have suggested that AC Milan are looking at Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor as a possible summer signing.

Adebayor has been in revitalised form since he got back into the Tottenham first team with Tim Sherwood becoming head coach after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked.

The interest could be a sign that the Serie A giants are preparing to offload controversial striker Mario Balotelli, who has been widely linked with a high profile move to London sides Arsenal and Chelsea.

Any deal for Balotelli would be unlikely to happen until Milan had been able to sign a top quality, experienced replacement to come in and replace him.

Several reasons have been suggested for a possible Balotelli exit from Milan such as the way he’s treated by the Italian press.

However, before Arsenal and Chelsea fans get too carried away, it’s unlikely that Spurs will let Adebayor leave without a fight.

Sherwood’s side are short of players up front with the recent departure of Jermain Defoe placing huge pressure on Adebayor and Roberto Soldado to carry the Tottenham Hotspur attack.

If Daniel Levy commissioned a deal for Adebayor in the summer, that would leave Sherwood staring at situation where he’d potentially have to sign three top quality strikers, which would not be an easy job.

Levy is also still thought to harbour a grudge towards Arsenal following the signing of Mesut Ozil last summer, which was enabled after Tottenham had sold Gareth Bale to Los Blancos, allowing them to offload the German midfielder.

If the interest is real then it could be a sign of a potential domino effect which could see Spurs losing one of their best players, enabling a rival to sign an exciting player.

However, it’s a big if because there’s absolutely no official indication that the interest in Adebayor is real and Balotelli has a contract at Milan until 2017.

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