Super Mario for Christmas?

Posted by Sumeet Paul

Giuseppe Cacace/Getty ImagesThe perfect gift for Milan fans would be the arrival of Mario Balotelli to unite with fellow Italian striker Stephan El Shaarawy on the Rossoneri.

All I want for Christmas is... Super Mario. In the midst of the festive season, three games separate Milan from the perennial winter break before the much-anticipated arrival of the January transfer window. Could Mario Balotelli arrive? Or should Francesco Acerbi prepare a suitcase for England?

The latter scenario is in reference to the 24-year-old's suggested plot to go collect Balotelli from Manchester, noting he is, "a great player who would be of use to any team". His idea came after speculation was revived with Silvio Berlusconi's comments in mid-week stating that the Italian international was not a dream, leading many to believe a move was in the offing.

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Naturally this sparked the need for a certain agent to have his say on the matter. Never shy to give his opinion on any transfer story, Mino Raiola advised that his client, "costs as much as the Mona Lisa" and that, "there are no teams in Italy who could afford him". Is that the end of it, or will Balo Lisa come home?

La Gazzetta dello Sport seemed to take little notice of Raiola's comments, running a front-page spread on Friday stating that it would be an all-Italian three-team race for the former Inter striker. Aside from the Milanese cousins, it is reported Juventus are also interested, but as a self-confessed Milanista, the Rossoneri would perhaps be in pole position. One can only wonder if Acerbi would be willing to drop Robinho off at the airport on the way to Manchester.

From one transfer target that is a Milan fan to another, the Rossoneri will come face-to-face with Angelo Ogbonna this weekend. The 24-year old has become a mainstay at the heart of the Granata's defence, also breaking into the national set-up. While questions remain over the preferred central defensive pairing, you can’t help but think that Ogbonna would be a solid acquisition for many years to come.

While rumours will inevitably dominate headlines in the build-up to the New Year, Milan have three more games to prepare for before they can dream of a white Christmas with their respective families. On Sunday, the Rossoneri face Torino hoping to continue their improved domestic form.

Milan have just one defeat in their last seven, while the home side in contrast have won just once in their last nine, and will have to go back to November 2001 to recall the last time they defeated the Diavolo. With another newly promoted side lying in wait next weekend in the form of Pescara, Milan have a fantastic opportunity to continue their recovery before the year-ending clash with Roma.

With my Monday morning mood generally determined by the weekend's results, it would be particularly nice if the Rossoneri brought some festive cheer in the form of three wins. Seemingly on the road to redemption after their early season struggle, it would be the perfect platform to re-start the season in January and ensure a positive atmosphere when the players return to Milanello after the winter break.

Who is on your Christmas wish-list? Can Milan end the year with three wins?

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