AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has told Premier League side Arsenal that he would want to earn around £100k-a-week if he was to join them this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The controversial Italian figure has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League and in particular the Emirates Stadium, but Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool have also been interested in landing the ex-Manchester City man.
Balotelli, who had a dire World Cup with Italy, has been ready to leave the San Siro after growing frustrated within the club and also being effected by the amount of racism in the game during matches, but a poor tournament in Brazil looked set to scupper any potential transfer away from Italy.
However, Milan's president reacted quickly to his poor World Cup and dropped his price-tag from around £24million, to just £16m, which has renewed Arsene Wenger's interest in him as he looks for a new striker to help take the workload off Olivier Giroud, who was the club's only recognised striker last season.
As for Liverpool, they have dropped out of the race after seemingly signing Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers, and also close to signing Belgium star Divock Origi from French club Lille, which leaves Arsenal a clean path to landing the 23-year-old.
Despite having a controversial side to him on-and-off the field, Balotelli has caught the eye of Wenger, and the club's sponsors, PUMA, are desperate for a deal to take place, as they are also the personal sponsors of the striker and they have already stated that they would help fund any potential deal.
The asking price of £16m is no problem for Arsenal as they have already revealed they have money to spend this Summer, despite already spending roughly £42m on Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, but Balotelli's wage demands could be the issue.
The striker is holding out for roughly £5m-a-year after tax, and has quoted The Gunners around £100k-a-week, which would make him one of the club's top earners, alongside Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Sanchez.
Balotelli is currently on a personal holiday in New York, where Arsenal are currently heading for a pre-season game, and the striker has been dropping 'come and get me pleas' to Wenger by posting pictures of him outside Arsenal fan shops.
The Gunners take on New York Red Bulls this weekend and speculation is high that Wenger may take the opportunity to meet up with Balotelli to discuss a potential transfer.
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