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Jan 24, 2013

'Milan could sell Abate to sign Balotelli'

Ignazio Abate’s agent believes AC Milan could be willing to consider further offers from Zenit St Petersburg as they need to raise cash to fund a deal for Mario Balotelli.

Mario Balotelli, Ignazio Abate
Ignazio Abate could be sold to make way for Mario Balotelli

Zenit, led by former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, have seen a €10 million bid for Abate, 26, rejected and it would appear the full-back is likely to stay with the Rossoneri.

However, Milan have sold Alexandre Pato to Corinthians this month, and it would appear that Robinho remains keen to secure a return to Brazil. That would leave the club short of numbers in attack, and Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has made no secret of his interest in Manchester City striker Balotelli.

As such, agent Claudio Pasqualin feels there is still a chance Abate could be moved on. 

“We thank Zenit and Spalletti for their interest but the lad will remain in Italy with Milan,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “If Zenit raise their offer, then maybe something will change, considering Milan are looking for the cash to take Mario Balotelli.”

Milan have also expressed an interest in signing Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier Drogba.

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