How Atalanta have just improved Arsenal's chances of £25m Balotelli deal

Mario Balotelli playing for AC Milan

If AC Milan don't secure Europa League football, Arsenal could pounce and sign Mario Balotelli.

AC Milan’s defeat to Atalanta last weekend puts the side in a difficult position going into the final game of the season.

Milan are currently in eighth place and if they aren’t able to secure sixth spot, which would mean Europa League football, then several of their top players could leave the Italian city this summer.

Arsenal are one side that can take advantage of that with their reported interest in Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli is a player who has never been short on self confidence and he’ll believe that he needs to be playing some form of European football to make the most of his clear talent and potential.

Arsene Wenger could enjoy his club being in a good position to bargain over the reported £25 million price should Milan finish outside the top six.

Balotelli will be one of the top earners at the club on a contract which runs until 2017 and not having any form of European football next season will put them in a weaker position financially.

A good parallel is Manchester United in England with the exception that United benefit from a global commercial and sponsorship network which has been built up over the last 20 years.

Arsenal can play on the several things they’d be able to offer Balotelli that he simply wouldn’t benefit from in Milan.

Arsenal also use a tactical system under Wenger, which is perfectly suited to utilising Balotelli’s key attributes in attack such as his ability to play on the shoulder of a defence and make the most of his pace.

Milan’s competition for sixth place comes in the form of Torino, Parma, Verona and Lazio, all separated by only three points in the Serie A table.

That’s an awful lot of results that Milan need to go their way if they’re to secure Europa League football and give themselves a better chance of hanging onto the £25 million rated front man.

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