Balotelli is sad and desperate - agent

Mario Balotelli didn't have a great World Cup. Photo: PA

Arsenal may be the team to benefit from Italy's early exit from the World Cup with under-fire Mario Balotelli prepared to consider a move away from AC Milan, according to his agent.

While AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has defended the 23-year-old striker for his performances in Brazil, another club vice-president Barbara Berlusconi hinted at the possibility of a Balotelli transfer this summer by saying he is "replaceable".

Balotelli, who still has four years left on his contract with the Rossoneri, has been linked with a return to the Premier League with Arsenal reportedly keen to acquire his services.

"Mario is sad, desperate," Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Only Galliani has defended him while the FIGC (Italian football federation) remains absolutely silent.

"I appreciate Galliani's comments but now I want to respond to Barbara Berlusconi.

"If for her Mario is replaceable, she should set up a meeting in the club's headquarters and we will find a solution, just as I am used to doing.

"I remember that Mario had other important offers. "He (Balotelli) is at Milan because of his heart - her (Berlusconi), I don't know."