Wednesday January 30 2013
‘Milan can still sign top players’

Milan director Barbara Berlusconi thinks that the club have proved a point by signing Mario Balotelli from Manchester City.

After being criticised in the summer for waving goodbye to a host of veteran stars, as well as selling Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain, they’ve now completed a €20m deal for the Italian international.

“This transfer has demonstrated that Milan can still invest substantial amounts in top players,” Barbara Berlusconi, the daughter of owner Silvio, told the club’s website.

“Our club has, in the last year or so, completely re-organised costing and investments,” she continued.

“It was about rationalisation, and various sacrifices were needed, not just in terms of player salaries but also about re-positioning the brand.

“Milan were the first club to choose to organise their accounts and balance the books.

“Thanks to this strong decision, we can only stand to benefit with our stars of the future, and still also be able to make some important acquisitions.”

Balotelli is set to touch down in Milan later today.