Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez has declared that new AC Milan loanee Fernando Torres is a more useful player than the departed Mario Balotelli, who left the Italian giants to join Liverpool for a fee in the region of £16 million, as reported by Goal.com.
Lopez moved to the Italian side from Real this summer, despite impressive performances for the Spanish giants, and spoke about how Torres has shown that he has more about his game and more capacity to be a winner than the much lauded Balotelli.
He said: “[Torres is] a great signing. We’re talking about a player who has done amazing things, who has experience, speed, and will be important.
“Balotelli? Torres will be more useful as he has shown the characteristics needed to win.”
Torres has joined Milan on a two season loan after the arrivals of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba at Chelsea.
With it becoming increasingly obvious that Torres would be third choice, the Spanish striker decided to move on, putting an end to a difficult time at Stamford Bridge, where he failed to reach the same heights as he did during his time at Liverpool.
Mario Balotelli is set for a switch to Anfield after Liverpool agreed terms with AC Milan, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio.
A purported move for the Italian international has moved rapidly over the last few hours, with Balotelli himself telling the press that today is his last day with the Italian giants, the club he supported as a youngster.
Balotelli has had a spell in the Premier League before, with Manchester City. Although that ultimately ended ignominiously, the striker was responsible for the pass that Sergio Aguero put away to win City their first Premier League crown in 2012 in dramatic circumstances.
He has gone on to impress for Italy since leaving the Etihad, although he struggled for goals last season with Milan. A series of managerial reshuffles caused chaos at the San Siro, however, and Balotelli could not escape it.
Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with Balotelli this summer, but dropped their interest recently.
A fee of around €20 million (£16 million) is expected to be spent by Liverpool on the striker.
Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola is now discussing personal terms with the Merseyside club.
AC Milan have denied that Mario Balotelli is available for transfer this summer, saying that all of the suggestions that he wants to leave are simply the result of newspaper speculation, as reported by Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport.
Adriano Galliani has said that the Italian international has never, in fact, asked to leave the San Siro this summer, despite constant speculation that both the striker and his club want him to leave the Italian giants this summer.
Galliani has also denied that AC Milan are specifically interested in Joel Campbell as well, despite speculation in Tuttosport that the club are seeking to sign him through a player plus cash deal for Mario Balotelli, valuing Balotelli at around £8 million cash.
Galliani said: “Balotelli has never asked to be sold.
“He will 100% stay at Milan, but 99% of the newspapers say he will go.”
While this will not end the speculation on Arsenal’s end that they might be interested in the controversial striker joining the club, it does suggest that AC Milan are not particularly interested in selling their talismanic hitman.