Mario Balotelli’s representative Mino Raiola has rejected claims suggesting he had met with Arsene Wenger, while the strikers future is yet to be discussed with AC Milan.
The Italian giants have spoken of their belief that no player is irreplaceable as they look to minimize their wage bill, with Balotelli’s agent even suggesting it could have been a ‘mistake’ to make a return to Italy.
The striker made a name for himself with rivals Inter Milan before making the shift to Manchester City where he endured a series of on and off field problems despite demonstrating some obvious exceptional talent.
Arsenal are in desperate need for a top striker to compete and compliment current frontman Olivier Giroud. Reports had suggested the Gunners were in for Balotelli, with some going as far to say Arsene Wenger had met with his representatives while working for French TV in Brazil.
Balotelli’s agent Raiola has refuted these claims but suggests his client may well be on the move as he wants to be somewhere ‘he is loved’, however no discussions have yet begun over his future.
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He told RaiUno:
Maybe it was a mistake to bring Mario back to Italy.
For him it is essential to go where he is loved, and at AC Milan some people love him and some do not.
Barbara Berlusconi is right to say that no-one is irreplaceable, but so far the club have always told me that Balotelli is not for sale.
If they do not want to keep him, they have to call me and I’m ready to meet and discuss things with them.
I did not go to Brazil for any talks and I have never met Wenger.
Wenger has too reiterated he is not interested in the controversial 23-year-old, but the transfer window is literally only just beginning.
It certainly seems we have not acted for the Italian, and perhaps it should remain that way. Although he has a number of years under his belt his tendency to go missing in games and his ill discipline is a big enough worry to stay clear of him.
Could Wenger be lying through his teeth though and actually be interested in bringing Baloltelli to north London? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time..