Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly met Mario Balotelli’s agent ahead of a potential summer transfer, according to reports in Italy.
The 23 year old has been in great form this season scoring 13 goals in 25 appearances for AC Milan in all competitions and been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates over the past few weeks.
The report states that Wenger met Mino Riola in London on Monday to discuss the possibility of Balotelli moving to the Emirates. The negotiations are said to have gone well and Arsenal are now weighing up slapping in an offer at the end of the season.
The Italian international left the Premier League to join AC Milan in the 2013 January window but the striker is expected to leave the Italian giants at the end of the season after a supposed fall out with the clubs president. He’s also been subjected to racial abuse from supporters in recent months and was even seen crying when he was substituted against Napoli over the weekend.
He is valued at around £25 million and it is being suggested that Puma, Arsenal’s new kit manufacturer may be on hand to help make a deal possible given that the Italian is a client of theirs.
Balotelli is something of a maverick and the big striker can be unstoppable on his day, but somewhat useless on his off-days. He definitely has talent and the potential to be an absolute world-beating striker in the future. But the only thing that seems to be holding back the striker is his attitude.
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He is a hugely controversial figure and the bosses of Manchester City had trouble controlling the striker and had to deal with a number of off-field issues. If he can concentrate on his footballing ability, then he has all the attributes to be one of the best players in the world.
The Gunners only have Olivier Giroud as their main option in attack, with Nicklas Bendtner on hand to offer support when needed. He can be a valuable asset to the team but if we sign him, Wenger would no doubt not want to risk unsettling his dressing room, but if the Frenchman could get into the head of Balotelli he could turn him into a far more productive footballer.
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