Arsenal’s new kit sponsors Puma are reportedly willing to help fund a big money move for the Gunners to bring Mario Balotelli to the Emirates Stadium, according to reports in the Metro.
The 23 year old has been in great form this season scoring 13 goals in 25 appearances for AC Milan in all competitions and was linked with the Gunners in the last days of the January transfer window.
The Gunners officially announced a new record kit sponsorship deal with Puma last month which is due to start this summer and it looks like the sportswear giant could help us land one of their clients.
The report states that our new sponsors Puma have offered to part fund the move and are willing to pay as much as £15 million towards the deal which would mean Arsenal could potentially land Balotelli for just £25 million. Puma also sponsor Balotelli and reportedly want to pair two of their biggest clients together, so are prepared to stump up some serious cash to make it happen.
Balotelli was a hugely controversial figure during his time at Manchester City, but has been a real hit at AC Milan, netting 21 goals in 29 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri since his move.
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He does undoubtedly have some attractive attributes and is certainly enormously gifted. Anyone who has seen Balotelli in action is instantly struck by his awesome combination of strength and skill and only a few strikers offer such an enthralling combination of physical power and technical excellence.
Arsenal need someone who is capable of alternating with Olivier Giroud in the lone-striker role. That’s a position Balotelli has filled convincingly for both AC Milan and the Italian national team and would certainly add the cutting edge Arsenal are so desperate to add to their squad.
He might be controversial but is still young and perhaps would mature under the tutelage of Arsene if we did manage to sign him in the summer. Wenger has a superb track record of converting raw talent into prolific goal scorers as the likes of Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor have all flourished under Wenger’s tutelage.
It’s common to hear of sponsors helping to fund transfer deals, but it’s extremely rare here in England and I have my doubts over any deal like this happening. However, nothing is impossible in football.
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