Serie A side Monza are the latest side to enquire after Pablo Mari, according to reports in Italy.

Promoted to the Italian top flight for the first time in their 110-year history following a play-off win in May, they are splashing the cash in a bid to strengthen ahead of the new campaign.

Monza’s financial muscle comes from Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi whose holding company Fininvest acquired the club in 2018.

Pablo spent the second half of last season on loan with Udinese but they didn’t have the money to keep him around. AC Milan and Hellas Verona have also been linked.

Whether he fits the bill for Monza is up for debate. It turns out 85-year-old Berlusconi – he of the ‘bunga bunga’ parties and major corruption scandals – reportedly has some weirdly strict criteria for new signings, including no beards, no tattoos, no earrings and neatly styled hair.

While Pablo can have a shave without too much hassle, the real blocker for the Spaniard is his nationality…he’d have to pretend he’s Italian.

Mad. But very Berlusconi.

Elsewhere, reports in France claim Folarin Balogun is being tracked by Ligue 1 side Reims who’ve recently loaned star striker Hugo Ekitike to Paris Saint Germain for the season.

There’s talk of a season-long loan. Given his credentials, we suspect they won’t be the only ones who have made an approach.