Arsenal have been told they will be forced to offload Joel Campbell if they want to bring in Mario Balotelli this summer, as AC Milan are keen to include the youngster in any deal that is devised.
The Gunners have been tracking Balotelli for some time now as Arsene Wenger looks to improve his front-line, but it’s thought the £25million price tag on his head is proving to be a stumbling block. However with Campbell going the other way the figure could be greatly reduced, and Balotelli would surely be Gunners fans’ preferred choice.
The Italy man has proved time and time again that he is prolific in front of goal when the occasion calls for it, though Wenger may yet be wary of tendency to cause trouble.
SANCHEZ WANTS MOVE
In other Arsenal news the headlines were dominated this morning by the idea that Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez could complete a switch to north London following the World Cup. The Chilean winger is valued at £27million in Catalonia, but has reportedly fallen out with Lionel Messi and so wants to engineer a move away. Arsenal are just one of a host of clubs who have made a formal approach for the winger, and so it’s likely they’ll face stern competition for his signature.
It's said that Liverpool, Manchester United and Juventus are all hot on the tails of the Barcelona man, and his performances in the World Cup so far will have done little to dampen interest. That being said there's expected to be big changes made at the Nou Camp this summer, and Sanchez - despite being a consistently class act - doesn't look like he'll survive the cull.
As for the future of club captain Thomas Vermaelen it’s looking increasingly likely that he will be joining United this summer. It’s now believed that he has begged Arsene Wenger not to stand in the way of a transfer, and could well fill the void left by the departing Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford. Naturally Arsenal fans will be left concerned by the idea of one of their most senior squad members moving to one of their biggest domestic rivals, but in truth Vermaelen has been little more than a rotation player for the past year or so.
It became apparent quickly last season that the Belgian star isn't up to the task of dislodging either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny from their starting XI berths, and with Louis van Gaal in desperate need of established centre-backs he knows he will be guaranteed extended game-time in Manchester.