Updated: Friday, 23rd August 2019 @ 11:02am

AC Milan won’t play ‘Monopoly’ to lure over-priced Mario Balotelli away from Manchester City

AC Milan won’t play ‘Monopoly’ to lure over-priced Mario Balotelli away from Manchester City

By Paddy von Behr

AC Milan have waved the white flag in their pursuit of Manchester City maverick Mario Balotelli after being priced out of a deal.

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani told City he would be on the first flight to Manchester if they lowered their asking price to the Italians’ £20million valuation.

However, president Silvio Berlusconi has today ruled out a move for the troublesome striker, as City appear unwilling to do so.

"It's not possible in this day and age to play Monopoly,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“Galliani remains optimistic but the tough language of accounting keeps him from doing his work."

Balotelli has caused his fair share of problems at City, most recently engaging in a training ground bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini.

But Mancini insisted the 22-year-old is not for sale and can become an important player at the Etihad Stadium.

"I will give him another 100 chances if I think it's possible he can change,” he said.

“I give him another chance, sure, because he is 22 and he can make a mistake."

Last season Balotelli scored 13 Premier League goals in 23 games – only Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse and Everton’s Nikica Jelavic managed a better minutes-per-goal record.

However, the Italian has netted just once in the league this season – at Wigan in November – in 11 appearances.

Image courtesy of Yahoo UK video, with thanks

For more on this story and many others, follow Mancunian Matters on Twitter and Facebook.