Arsenal are desperate to bolster their striking options this summer and Arsene Wenger has made a shortlist of candidates, with Mario Balotelli at the top of his wishlist.
AC Milan have transfer-listed the Italian forward and are asking for around £25 million which the London based club is ready to pay, according to Mirror Football, to secure his services for the 2014/15 season.
Negotiations are ongoing between the clubs with Arsene Wenger set to meet Balotelli’s representatives to complete the deal as soon as possible. Wenger is currently in Brazil as a pundit during the World Cup.
With Nicklas Bendtner having left, and Lukas Podolski maybe looking to move back to FC Cologne, Wenger will be short on firepower with the sole figure of Frenchman Olivier Giroud leading the attack.
A rare talent in world football, Balotelli has been regarded as a composed and confident on-the-ball striker by many stalwarts of the game. But his conduct - especially off the field - has given his previous managers headaches as it effected not only his performances but the team as well.
So opting for the 23-year-old will be a gamble of sorts for Arsene Wenger, who would have a job in hand to tackle Balotelli’s antics as well as maintain disciple in the dressing room.
Arsenal are preparing a £150,000-per-week deal to lure the Italian from San Siro to Emirates Stadium, according to Daily Star. If Balotelli switches to Arsenal, it will be his fifth club in nine years as a professional footballer.
Balotelli is currently in national duty representing Italy in the World Cup and will be a pivotal figure in their final group clash with Uruguay on June 24. Scoring 14 goals and six assists in 30 matches for AC Milan in 2013-14, Balotelli will be ready to guide the Gunners' challenge for the Premier League title, previously winning it with Manchester City in 2011/12.
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