Football

Mario Balotelli wage demands revealed

Published 12 Comments

Football News
24/7

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli wants £100,000-a-week after tax to join Arsenal this summer.

That's according to the Daily Mail, who report that the Italy international is now Arsene Wenger's top striker target with Loic Remy's set to join Liverpool. Arsenal had actually pulled out of the race to sign the Frenchman after refusing to meet his wage demands, so Balotelli's £5m-a-year request may get short shrift at the Emirates Stadium too.

Related articles

- Jackson Martinez delays Porto return amid transfer rumours
- AC Milan keen to sell Mario Balotelli
- Arsenal have not made Balotelli approach

That package, which would make him one of the club's highest earners as the figure quoted is after tax, would come on top of a £16m asking price set by his Italian employers.

Wenger today said a striker is no longer a priority for Arsenal, instead insisting the club will be focusing on a new defender and goalkeeper. 

Arsenal striker situation

But it's hard to believe Arsenal will start next season in exactly the same position they finished the last - without an out-and-out goalscorer to push Olivier Giroud for a starting place.

The signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona was an excellent coup for the Gunners, but the Chilean winger is not direct competition for Giroud. With Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh departed, the French international's only competition is the young forward Yaya Sanogo.

While the squad overall has been strengthened, Arsenal's title challenge last year came unstuck as Wenger was forced to rely too heavily on Giroud - especially when goalscoring midfielders like Aaron Ramsey went down injured for long periods.

World Cup scouting mission

The Arsenal boss was reportedly at the World Cup in Brazil to run the rule over possible targets, with Balotelli among those mentioned. Mario Mandzukic, who has since completed a move to Atletico Madrid, was another, as was Colombia's Jackson Martinez.

Martinez revealed he is an Arsenal fan this summer, and may yet be the man to rival Giroud but as it stands Arsenal are thought to be looking towards the Italian.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Mario Balotelli
AC Milan
Premier League
Arsenal
Football

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again