Could Balotelli and Falcao be set for a sensational swap deal?

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Reports in Italy suggest that Monaco are interested in Mario Balotelli and AC Milan would want Falcao in exchange.

The future of former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is up in the air, as the Italian has been linked with various moves away from AC Milan this summer.

'Super Mario' who gave journalists countless material during his stay in England is currently in Brazil with Italy so his future is unlikely to be decided until the end of the World Cup. However given that AC Milan missed out on European football last season following a poor showing in Serie A, the striker has been targeted by numerous clubs.

Arsenal are one of the clubs thought to be interested and their new Puma deal could hold the key in clinching that deal. From next season Puma will be Arsenal kit manufacturers and Mario Balotelli is one of their biggest endorsers of the brand.

Although Chelsea and Liverpool had been credited with an interest in Balotelli as well, The Metro reported earlier this week that AC Milan had ruled out a Premier League return for the 23-year-old.

Monaco have now expressed an interest and with the money behind them it could well see them move to the front of the queue for Balotelli's signature. However if AC Milan were to sell Mario to the Ligue 1 side who will play in next season's Champions League; then they would want Falcao in return according to Tuttosport.

Despite not being in Europe next year AC Milan are still keen to try and hold onto their best players so they can make a swift return to the upper echelons of Italian and European football.

Monaco who recently appointed Leonardo Jardim as their new manager would be extremely unlikely to want to part with Falcao who had an injury interrupted first season with the side. One of the most valuable players in the world following his move from Atletico Madrid to Monaco it would not represent a good deal for them to simply swap him for Balotelli.

Milan are expressing how much they want to keep hold of Balotelli, and only a crazy deal like swapping him for Falcao would convince them to do a deal.

 

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