After crashing out of the Champions League with a whimper by losing 4-1 at Atletico Madrid – who are now live outsiders at 14/1 to lift the trophy – AC Milan face a summer of uncertainty regarding the futures of their prized playing assets.
The Rossoneri currently lie in mid-table in Serie A and are eight points behind sixth-placed Parma having played a game extra, which practically guarantees that there’ll be no European football for Clarence Seedorf’s side to look forward to next season.
A lack of games at the highest level could see the likes of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy leave the San Siro this summer, with a number of Premier League sides thought to be running the rule over the forward pair.
Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with the former Manchester City bad boy and sports company Puma – who sponsor the Gunners and Balotelli – are reportedly keen to pair two of their highest profile clients.
The 29-cap Azzurri star has struck 12 times in 27 appearances for Milan during their poor season so far, which has softened the blow of losing teammate El Shaarawy for all but five matches of the campaign.
‘Il Faraone’ – or ‘The Pharoah’ as El Shaarawy is known in Italy due to his Egyptian roots – enjoyed a superb 2012/13 campaign, scoring 18 goals in his first 32 appearances of the season for Milan before being shunted out wide to accommodate Balotelli.
The 21-year-old has been linked with Tottenham since the start of this term and with the Lilywhites still battling to return to the Champions League next autumn by finishing in the top four at 5/1 odds, this move may well be on the cards.
Other stars who might not fancy sticking around the San Siro without the prospect of continental action are young Italy right-back Mattia De Sciglio – who has been linked with the Gunners and Real Madrid in the past – and midfielder Andrea Poli, while defender Ignazio Abate may break Rossoneri hearts by linking up with Serie A rivals Juventus.