AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been the subject of surprise €20m offer from Turkish giants Galatasary over the last 24 hours and could be offered the chance to reunite with former manager Roberto Mancini if the two clubs can agree terms, according to Turkish newspaper Milliyet.
Balotelli has been persistently linked with a move to Arsenal among other leading European clubs over the last week, after AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi refused to sell out selling the Azzurri forward as the Rossonerri continue to plan for a radical overhaul next season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is monitoring the situation closely but Gala are reported to have gone better and made Milan a concrete offer worth an initial €20m, while also including €7m in add-ons if the move is a success.
The 23-year-old had a rollercoaster relationship with Mancini during three years at Manchester City, which included everything from title-winning contributions to furious training ground bust-ups.
Mancini remains close to the controversial star though and is prepared to take another gamble on his former protege as he prepares for life without Didier Drogba, who is moving on this summer in search of a final big-money move across the continent.
Wenger is biding his time with efforts to recruit quality strike cover this summer, with Balotelli definitely representing a risk despite immense talent.
Arsenal need to provide Olivier Giroud with genuine competition for his starting spot next season, but if Gala get their way Wenger will have to look beyond Mario the maverick in that search.