Arsenal are reportedly set to offer Mario Balotelli a mega deal to bring the AC Milan attacker to the Emirates.
Arsenal are set to offer AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli a deal worth £180,000 a week in an attempt to entice the enigmatic Italian to the Emirates.
According to the Metro, Arsene Wenger is looking to add a world-class striker to the Gunners’ ranks and Balotelli is a top of the Frenchmen’s wish-list.
The 23-year-old scored a wonderful header against England in Italy’s first 2014 FIFA World Cup match in Group D, and his combination of physical presence, pace and technique ought to make him an excellent striker.
Balotelli doesn’t always appear to apply himself though, and can drift in and out of games.
That is backed up by his record in Serie A last season – he managed a respectable total of 14 goals in the Italian top flight, but only managed six goals from open play.
Balotelli scored once from a crossed corner, three penalties, and four direct free kicks, and his contribution could undoubtedly be higher given the vast talent at his disposal.
There would be higher expectations should he move to north London, and despite Balotelli being a fan of the Rossoneri, he is said to be open to the move.
His agent Mino Raiola yesterday talked up the switch.
“Arsenal are a fantastic club,” he told Sky Sports.
“Will a transfer happen? Anything is possible.”
Arsenal have not yet made a formal approach, but it is understood that contract negotiator Richard Law has drawn up a potential contract worth £180,000-a-week.
Balotelli is currently with the Italy World Cup squad in preparations for its second Group D clash with Costa Rica on Friday.