The Italy international and AC Milan striker, Mario Balotelli could be playing for the club on a permanent deal since the club is zealous to splash some serious cash for the deal. But the ball is firmly in the player’s court says the club President Silvio Berlusconi.
The 25-year-old striker has been restricted to only two Serie A starts in an injury-interrupted season having joined from Liverpool in a £16 million one-year loan deal on August, 2014.
Berlusconi also said the Rossineri want to see improvement from the player before making “a financial sacrifice” to keep him at the San Siro.
Berlusconi told Italia 7 Gold:
“Will we sign him outright? It depends on him. He has extraordinary technical and physical qualities, especially if he can really show maturity in terms of his behavior in his life and his position on the pitch – he does drift out to the wings too much.
“If he were to do these things we would be very happy to make a financial sacrifice and keep him here with us.”
Milan are on an impressive run of 10 matches without defeat in all competitions and Berlusconi has his sights set on Coppa Italia glory and Champions League qualification.
The former Prime Minister of Italy added:
“It depends on how much the squad believes. We really want the Coppa Italia, it would give meaning to our season and allow us to return to Europe.
“The second objective is to finish third. In Naples [Monday’s 1-1 draw with Napoli], we saw that the players want to give their all. I think the Milan squad is good enough.
“We have had too many injuries this season, but we have quality players like [Jeremy] Menez, Balotelli and [Kevin-Prince] Boateng coming back, three champions Milan could not count on until now.”
Balotelli on the other hand is about as far removed from a Jurgen Klopp-type player as it’s possible to imagine and Liverpool would no doubt be keen for any deal when they could recoup as much as possible of their original outlay.