Arsenal are ready to bid €30m for Milan striker Mario Balotelli in upcoming summer transfer window.
It has been claimed in the Italian news papers including La Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sport Mediaset today that Gunners are looking for a world class striker and they see Balotelli as perfect candidate.
Reports in England surfaced earlier this month that the Gunners, who announced a partnership with sportswear giants Puma last month, are said to be keen on signing AC Milan strikerBalotelli in the summer. According to reports in Italy, the company wants to help Arsenal finance a deal to bring the former Manchester City striker to the Emirates Stadium. Balotelli is also represented by Puma, and the theory goes that it would be beneficial for the sportswear brand to unite two major assets in such a way.
And reports in Italy this afternoon also claimed that Arsene Wenger has already met with the forward’s agent, Mino Raiola, to start initial discussions.
The reports claim that the north London side are ready to part with €30mfor the Italy international, some of which may come from the German sports brand.
It’s suggested that Balotelli is disillusioned with life at San Siro, and would welcome a move back to the Premier League. And at 23, he’s still young, has power, pace and technical ability and can play in a handful of attacking positions. He’s exactly the type of forward that Wenger would go for.
Mario has taken up more column inches in the Italian press recently for his new hair cut and tears on the bench, but he’s scored 13 times in 26 matches for AC Milan this term – on top of the 12 in 13 games he scored in the closing stages of last season. 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.
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However, despite Balotelli’s obvious allure, Wenger is bound to have reservations: Balotelli is as well known for his explosive character as his excellent finishing. And Arsene Wenger is unlikely to allow commercial interests to dictate his transfer policy and expected to make a final call in the summer only.
I Will Leave the Pitch if I Hear Racist Chants – Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli has claimed that he would leave the pitch were he to be the subject of racist chanting.
“Would I leave the pitch? Yes, I would,” he told media. “I accept the professional criticism, but the only thing that bothers me is the racism.
“If a crowd isn’t racist then there would be no problems. I grew up with certain things, but when I do something important on the pitch, and I see people are proud of me, that’s when I love being a footballer.”
Balotelli then also took time discussing about his meeting with Pope.
“I believe in God and at certain times that helps me calm down. It meant a lot for me to meet the Pope.
“I learned a lot from him. He’s a man who is deeply inspiring. It is an experience I will never forget.”