Arsenal fans may not want him, Arsene Wenger may be wary of him, and Manchester City supporters aren’t keen to see him again, but that doesn’t mean that Mario Balotelli isn’t going to end up playing in the Premier League next season.
Balotelli for Campbell
It’s claimed in the Daily Mirror that the controversial striker will officially be offered to the Gunners by AC Milan in the coming days, so long as they consent to a scenario wherein Joel Campbell, plus €10million goes the other way.
With Loic Remy having signed a contract with Liverpool, and Karim Benzema set to continue at Real Madrid, Wenger is fast running out of options if he wants to bring in a high-profile frontman to the club this summer, and Balotelli may represent his last chance to secure the services of an experienced goal scorer.
That being said the Frenchman will no doubt be cautious over releasing Campbell whilst the Costa Rican is in such good form, and the idea of paying over the odds for a player who is a risk thanks to his attitude towards the game might not sit well with Arsenal supporters.
Balotelli's history of causing trouble at clubs is sure to factor into Wenger's decision moving forward, and the fact that he has annoyed his share of people at Milan only adds to the idea that he's not yet fully matured into the player people expect he will one day become. Though there's no doubting his goalscoring credentials the 23-year-old often finds himself at the centre of controversy, and City can attest to the issues he can cause on the training ground.
This, in relation to Arsenal, is dangerous, as Wenger has worked hard to build a side without egos. The Gunners squad is largely build up of players who have plied their trade for the club for many years, and the introduction of a loose cannon like Balotelli could threaten the harmony in north London.
The end for Cazorla?
On top of that it looks as though the club will have to continue staving off the rumours that Santi Cazorla is leaving, as claims were made yesterday that the midfielder wants out of the Emirates. The Mail reported that the 29-year-old is unhappy in north London and well end up returning to La Liga to play for Atletico Madrid.
Despite the fact that he is considered one of Wenger's key players Cazorla is rumoured to be unsettled, and the reports which first claimed he might look to leave have been offered credence by heavy media coverage. It's true that Arsenal have the numbers to comfortably cover his departure, but will they really consent to the exit of the classy Spain international?