Balotelli's agent meets with Milan CEO: Exit strategy amid Arsenal link?

Mario Balotelli playing for AC Milan

As rumours of Arsenal's interest in Mario Balotelli grows, so does activity at AC Milan.

Mario Balotelli is off enjoying the World Cup in Brazil with Italy, preparing for his second match of the tournament, this time against Costa Rica.

So you might think there would be little reason for his agent to be meeting up with AC Milan's CEO yesterday afternoon, unless of course there is some truth to the transfer speculation surrounding his future?

Italian newspaper Tuttosport report that Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola and Milan CEO Adriano Galliani did just that.

They write: "We can not exclude that their meeting this afternoon, which lasted about 20 minutes in a well-known hotel in Milan, has made ​​the point about the state of the player and offers coming in.

"Even if the line of AC Milan in these days is to focus on ownership and do not want to disrupt the concentration of Balotelli on the eve of a match of the World Cup."

To hold such a meeting at a time in the off-season suggests there is business which one party wanted to update the other on, with Premier League side Arsenal hunting his signature, with the paper citing Arsenal's interest, and no other clubs.

The same paper reported earlier in the day that Milan could decide to demand Joel Campbell in part-exchange for the Italian, in what could prove a dilemma of a decision for the Gunners, but one they would surely have to accept if it meant signing the Italian international.

Rumours in the press in England have claimed Arsenal are willing to offer £25 million, and £180,000 a week in wages. 

The potentially innocent activity in Milan, may back up the claims that there is activity going on regarding the player, and Arsenal would do well to speed it along before the World Cup progresses further and Balotelli's price rockets.

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