The confusing €6.5m deal which suggests Balotelli is not Arsenal bound

Mario Balotelli playing for AC Milan

AC Milan have allowed Alberto Paloschi to join Chievo Verona. Surely AC Milan need Mario Balotelli now more than ever?

Arsenal are being heavily linked with a move for AC Milan striker and former Manchester City bad boy Mario Balotelli this week. The talented headline magnet is reported to be top of Arsene Wenger's wish-list when it comes to strikers for next season. The Gunners are in desperate need of another striker to rival, and complement, Olivier Giroud at The Emirates after the Frenchman's embattled season at the club in 2013-14.

Balotelli's agent has now hinted that he is open to a North London switch - whilst the press are reporting Arsenal will pay the player £180k-a-week to join the club.

It would be a sensational gamble from Wenger but even if he does want him, will AC Milan sell?

The club are struggling for cash at the moment and another season out of the Champions League awaits. So the money from a sale would be welcomed.

However, judging by a transfer move they made yesterday, his departure has just got even more unlikely.

Alberto Paloschi made a sensational start to his AC Milan career - scoring on debut against Catania in the Coppa Italia as an unknown 17-year-old. He was soon dubbed the 'next Inzaghi' however he was sold, on co-ownership terms, to Parma at the end of the season.

After two seasons there he headed to Genoa for six months before Milan purchased the remaining 50% of his registration to own the player outright. He was then loaned to Chievo, a loan which became a co-ownership in January 2013.

Paloschi has been superb for the Verona outfit - scoring 13 goals in 34 games this season - and it was expected Milan would bring him back to the San Siro next season.

But yesterday they sold the remaining 50% of his rights to Chievo - meaning he is now a fully fledged Flying Donkey.

A combined fee of €6.5 million has been paid for the player but Milan selling one of their strikers seems odd considering. The Rossoneri are not currently blessed with striking talent. Apart from Balotelli they have no other recognised out and out strikers. The likes of Stephan El Shaarawy, Valter Birsa, Kaka, Keisuke Honda and Jeremy Menez are never going to lead the front-line. They have Giampaolo Pazzini - but he is expected to be sold this summer.

It would certainly seem as though Milan are not preparing for a Balotelli exit this summer. So Arsenal may end up having to look elsewhere.

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