Milan ace on the market -- and Chelsea should be interested

Gabriele Maltinti

According to Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX, the management shakeup at AC Milan has claimed a major victim in 23-year-old striker Mario Balotelli. Their report is suggesting that Silvio Berlusconi announced that Balotelli, who's been in Milan for less than a year after a €20-million-plus move from Manchester City last January, is on the market and must be sold by the end of the upcoming transfer window, overriding the wishes of co-managing director Adriano Galliani.

So that's interesting.

Consider the following: Chelsea are in dire need of a centre forward. Chelsea have money. Jose Mourinho's about the only manager Balotelli's ever had who could handle the guy, whose reputation for bizarre behaviour is hardly unearned. If Balotelli is on the market, there's absolutely no question that the Blues should get involved.

Plenty could go wrong, of course. Balotelli's had a rough go of things this season (it's not like his teammates have done him any favours, though), and his volatility can cause some serious problems if he isn't well managed. But at the same time, he's an elite centre forward and we don't even have a competent one at the moment.

Yes, Balotelli's a circus. He's also a very, very good player, and Chelsea are in the sort of position where rolling the dice on a deal for him would be a fantastic idea. Do it.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join We Ain't Got No History

You must be a member of We Ain't Got No History to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at We Ain't Got No History. You should read them.

Join We Ain't Got No History

You must be a member of We Ain't Got No History to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at We Ain't Got No History. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker