Mario Balotelli is one of the most talented players in world football, but his impending departure from AC Milan to Liverpool will not necessarily adversely affect the Italian club. That’s the opinion of two of the Rossoneri’s former players: Gianluca Zambrotta and Giovanni Galli.
‘If Milan are to get a nice figure, then they could reinvest to satisfy (coach) Filippo Inzaghi’, Zambrotta told Milan Channel. ‘If he stays, then I think Mario should change his attitude and make a difference in each game. I think Pippo is looking for someone like Cerci – he would be a great buy.’
‘The club will surely have made the right evaluations about this,” Galli has told Tuttomercatoweb. ‘With the sale of Balotelli, I believe that Milan have demonstrated great strength and above all very clear ideas on how to set up the team for next year’.
The key to Milan’s success after the departure of Balotelli is to reinvest the money received from Liverpool in buying a replacement.
£16 million is not a lot, especially for someone as Balotelli’s talent and fame, but that should still be enough for Milan to sign Torino attacker Alessio Cerci.
While it could raise suspicion as to why former Milan stars are backing the club’s stance to sell Balotelli after just 18 months, it is not a bad deal for Liverpool, at least financially.
Balotelli was not their first-choice option to replace Luis Suarez, but given that they will not be able to attract Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani or AS Monaco star Radamel Falcao, it makes sense for Liverpool to move for a player already versed in the Premier League who will cost significantly less.
One of the reasons Milan are selling Balotelli is the former Manchester City forward’s attitude problems, but Reds manager Brendan Rodgers will be aware of that. Whether he is able to do anything about it remains to be seen.