Giroud Beware? Arsenal Set To Make Stunning Move For Astonishing CL Forward

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli shoots to score against Bologna during their Italian Serie A soccer match in Milan

Arsenal are reportedly targeting AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli in the summer after Arsene Wenger held talks with the player’s agent, according to the Express.

The 23-year-old is believed to have grown frustrated with life in Milan and is determined to leave the club, even dropping a hint that he could make a Premier League return last week.

The former Manchester City forward cried openly on the bench when he was substituted against Napoli, but also scored a fine winner against Bologna in Milan’s next game, highlighting the confusion over his current situation.

Reports suggest that Balotelli told his agent  Mino Raiola that he wants to leave and even had preliminary talks with Chelsea in January, but the Italian giants asking price of £40 million is high for such an unpredictable talent.

However, Wenger is in the market for a forward to complement Olivier Giroud and his position on the Italian has been strengthened as the player has recently signed a deal with sponsors Puma.

The north Londoners also put pen to paper on a huge kit deal with the manufacturers and Puma are reported to be willing to fork out up to £15 million to ensure Balotelli returns to the lucrative market of the Premier League.

However, although the Italian has long been touted as a potential target for Arsenal, whether Arsene Wenger’s managerial style could cope with a controversial maverick such as Balotelli looks unlikely.

Mario Balotelli goal vs Bologna

Mario Balotelli goal vs Bologna


 Despite reports that he is unsettled, Mario Balotelli is Milan’s top scorer this season with 10 goals.

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Sam Long
Sam Long


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