Wenger ‘In Talks With Agent’ Over €30m Striker Move

By on February 13, 2014

An interesting report is doing the rounds today that claims Arsene Wenger held talks with the agent of Mario Balotelli earlier this week about a potential €30m (£25m) move to Arsenal.

Balotelli is a name that’s been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates over the past few weeks with the striker expected to leave AC Milan at the end of the season after a supposed fall out with the clubs president, while he’s also been subjected to disgusting racial abuse from ‘supporters’ in recent months.

He only moved back to Italy from Manchester City a year ago and has been hugely impressive in a poor AC Milan team, scoring 25 goals in 38 appearances so far.

With Wenger drawing up his list of summer targets and a striker desperately needed, it seems he’s stepped up his interest in Balotelli with the Metro claiming that the boss held talks with the players agent, Mino Riola, on Monday about a potential switch to north London.

The 23-year-old is valued at around €30m (£25m) which should be well within our budget considering the boss is believed to have upward of £70m to spend following the announcement of our new kit deal with PUMA.

There were even reports flying about suggesting that PUMA might be willing to part-fund our move for Balotelli, as he’s also a client of there’s and they are keen for him to join us, but I wouldn’t pay much attention that that as it’s highly unlikely to happen.

So, is Balotelli the answer to our striker need? Yes and no. He’s clearly a huge talent and has all the quality to be a world class forward, but his attitude stinks and he’s always been a problem at whatever club he’s been at. Do we want that type of character in the dressing room?

Arsenal seem to have a great camaraderie among the players at present and we wouldn’t want to disrupt that by adding a fire-cracker like Balotelli in there. So I’d prefer we go after other targets this summer.

What do you think? Would Balotelli be a good signing?