Got to love the hubris of AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi he says that his struggling side do not need to buy Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli because they have M’Baye Niang.
Having fallen out with Roberto Mancini once again, Balotelli is widely expected to leave Manchester City in the near future, with Serie A sides Juventus and AC Milan reportedly leading the chase for his signature.
However, Berlusconi told Radio Mars that the Rossoneri are not interested in signing Balotelli because Milan hav a player with more potential than Balotelli in M’Baye Niang.
“We sold [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva [in the summer] for monetary needs, but the others left for age reasons,” Berlusconi shared.
“Our goal is to return as a big team in three years’ time, to start a new cycle with [Stephan] El Shaarawy – who is an extraordinary player – and Mattia De Sciglio, who will become a champion. Niang is better than Balotelli.”
Not so sure about the Niang is better than Balotelli argument. Yes Niang is an exciting prospect and he is still only 18-years-old. But don’t discount Balotelli so quickly. He is still only 22 and has already won the league in England and Italy (3 times) as well as the European Cup, Coppa Italia and FA Cup. Not a bad collection of awards. Oh and he led Italy into the finals of last summer’s Euro 2012 tournament.
Who would you take? Balotelli or Niang?