Milan deny reports of Arsenal bid for Balotelli

Mario Balotelli -  San Siro, Milan, Italy

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has rejected claims in the media that Arsenal have bid for Mario Balotelli.

New reports have surfaced of an Arsenal move for AC Milan marksman Mario Balotelli, but the Italian club have denied any contact.

Former Manchester City man Balotelli is expected to leave San Siro this summer and his club are relying on his sale to free up funds for their transfer campaign.

Prior to the World Cup, Arsenal appeared ready to put in an offer for the volatile striker, but things have quietened down after a disappointing time in Brazil.

Milan preisdent Silvio Berlusconi stated publicly that he was on the brink of selling Balotelli for around £25 million before the World Cup derailed talks.

But the English press have returned to suggesting that Balotelli is on his way to the Emirates Stadium, prompting a denial from Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani.

"Balotelli to Arsenal? It's a finished verse," he said prior to Milan's friendly win over Monza.

"There's no point discussing hypotheses. No offer has come to us from the English team, unless there's a message waiting to arrive tomorrow then there's nothing."

Turkish club Galatasaray are being tipped to make a move for Balotelli after appointing former Italy boss Cesare Prandelli. 

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