Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a move for Mario Balotelli after AC Milan decided to sell the striker for £30m this summer, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Having rejected the chance to bring Cesc Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium, Wenger is now focused purely on signing a quality striker.
The Arsenal manager is targeting two strikers in the summer transfer window and appears to be moving close to signing QPR's Loic Remy. It appears he has now set his sights on former-Manchester City star Balotelli.
AC Milan are short of cash and see the troublesome striker as an expendable asset despite the fact he has scored 30 goals in 54 games since joining from Manchester City in January 2013.
They will demand £30m for the 23-year-old, which would represent a £10m profit on their initial outlay. Balotelli himself is also keen to leave Italian football after growing tired of being racially abused by Serie A fans.
Wenger is ready to ignore Balotelli's colourful past and offer him the chance to return to the Premier League to lead to line for the Gunners.
Arsenal struggled for goals in the 2013/14 season after Wenger failed to land Luis Suarez last summer. Instead Arsenal relied heavily on Olivier Giroud, who impressed, scoring 22 goals, but is likely to face sterner competition for game time next season.
Balotelli would undoubtedly come in a first choice striker but would be pushed all the way by both Giroud and Remy, who is looking more and more likely to join in a £10m deal.
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