AC Milan are looking for a winger for the right side of their attack (although Filippo Inzaghi prefers a left-footed player down that flank) and even though they can’t do anything until they sell Robinho, the Rossoneri are looking at different players and considering names.
Juan Iturbe, who was reportedly the number one target, joined Roma and so Milan turned their attentions to Alessio Cerci of Roma, but with his cost apparently too high for their liking, the target now appears to be Arsenal’s Joel Campbell.
Despite Arsenal already having spent £30 million on Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez, rumuors refuse linking the club with a move for Milan striker Mario Balotelli are still being mooted.
The latest comes from Italian publication Tuttosport, which claims that Milan have an interest in the Gunners’ Costa Rican attacker Joel Campbell that could lead to Balotelli moving in the opposite direction. Having been loaned out for the first three years of his Arsenal career, Campbell is set to be handed a chance in the first team this campaign following some impressive performances for Olympiakos last term and a fine World Cup.
Tuttosport believes that Milan would be willing to accept €10 million + Campbell for Balotelli.
Respected Italian transfer market reporter, Gianluca Di Marzio,last night in Sky’s Speciale Calciomercato said:
“In the last hours we’ve revealed that there’s a strong Milan interest in Joel Campbell, the Arsenal winger,”
“There are contacts between the 2 clubs in the Rossoneri home there is the desire to deepen the negotiations. The Costa Rican has convinced the Milan leadership from all the aspects and he has overcome Cerci and all in the other names on the list in the hierarchy.
“A possible scenario is that Arsenal could ask for Balotelli in the deal. The Gunners have always denied their interest and never offered anything concrete to the Diavolo but only from the discussions between the men of the market we’ll be able to know more.”
The idea of Balotelli being signed by Wenger, a manger who has always eschewed signing hard to manage personalities has always looked extremely farfetched and with Sánchez on board that is now even more the case.