Milan president denies swap deal rumours.
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has rubbished reports suggesting Alexandre Pato and Mario Balotelli could trade places.
Berlusconi has made no secret of his admiration for Manchester City striker Balotelli, with comments attributed to him sparking transfer speculation.
He would welcome the opportunity to bring the formerInter striker back to Milan, but is adamant that no swap deal would be sanctioned.
Pato is the man reports suggest Milan would be willing to part with in order to bring Balotelli on board, but Berlusconi insists the Brazil international will be going nowhere.
He told Milan Channel: “An exchange involving Pato and Balotelli? I don’t like exchanges.
“Pato is definitely not on the market. He is one of our best players and has the opportunity to become an icon here over many years.
“Unfortunately, his frequent injuries have been a problem, but we just need to handle him right.
“AC Milan is the perfect setting for him.”
SOURCE: Fox Sports
Well that’s that then: Silvio Berlusconi doesn’t like swap deals. The former Italian Prime Minister has rubbished reports suggesting that AC Milan and Man City were preparing a sensational switch involving Alexandre Pato and Mario Balotelli.
While it’s hard to believe anything that comes out of Berlusconi’s mouth (“She told me she was 18, I swear!”), this was never a rumour that looked likely to come off.
While Pato is a quality forward, the Brazilian is struggling to make it in Milan’s first-team at present. The 23-year-old has his sights set on a place in the Selecao’s World Cup 2014 squad would hardly agree to an exit to sit on the bench at another club, particularly one where he’d face competition from Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.
Despite their wealth of talent up-front, City have been linked with moves for a number of striker but, frankly, the Premier League Champions are frying bigger fish than Pato these days and would surely be eyeing the likes of Radamel Falcao or Brazilians Neymar and Leandro Damiao, before considering the Milan man.
Balotelli, on the other hand, could well be leaving the Etihad Stadium in January. Mad Cap Mario is struggling to make the match-day squad, let alone the first team at present, and there is sense that perhaps his time up City is coming to an end.
Milan and neighbours Internazionale have both been linked with the 22-year-old, who would probably enjoy a return to the city and his homeland.
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