Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The 23 year old was in good form last season scoring 18 goals in 41 appearances, but the striker is said to be unhappy in Italy due to the continued racism in the country.
The report suggests the Gunners are closing in on a deal to bringing the controversial Italian back to England. Balotelli prefers the idea of a move to London and his representatives are trying to piece a deal together to see Arsenal secure his services in a £20 million deal.
It further states that Arsene Wenger feels that he has the capacity to tame Balotelli and help him fulfil his potential as a genuine world-class striker. The French manager also wants to bring in QPR striker Loic Remy as part of a new look-attack with German Lukas Podolski said to be likely to make an Arsenal exit, however that seems unlikely.
Balotelli is a massive risk not just for Arsenal, but any club. His erratic behaviour, both on and off the pitch has been well documented, but could be an interesting attacking option for Wenger to recruit this summer.
He has power, pace, technical ability and can play in a handful of attacking positions. Few strikers offer such an enthralling combination of physical power and technical excellence. He is also skilled enough to link well with advancing teammates and create scoring chances via clever touches and flicks.
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The Italian international would offer the direct pace Arsenal miss the most in attack and despite all the good supporting work Giroud does, he will never be quick enough to stretch a defence. Balotelli is certainly fast enough to outrun markers, get behind a defensive line and once there, his finishing is more assured than what Giroud often produces in front of goal.
He doesn’t need to be seen as a direct replacement for the Frenchman, as he is versatile enough to play in the same forward line as the ex-Montpellier man. His time in Italy suggests the player is continuing to mature as a person and Wenger could be the ideal coach to get Balotelli to behave himself long enough to let his obvious natural talent show.
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