Arsenal Close To Securing £20m Striker Deal – Reports

By on June 9, 2014

According to reports over the weekend, Arsenal are closing in on a £20m deal to bring Mario Balotelli back to the Premier League.

The 23-year-old striker has grown unsettled in Italy after being subjected to racist abuse since making a £17m move to AC Milan from Manchester City 18 months ago, and the Serie A club have now decided to cash in.

The player has been offered around Europe’s top clubs but the Daily Mail claim that Arsenal sources have confirmed our interest and we are working hard behind the scenes to piece together a £20m deal after Arsene Wenger made the controversial hitman his first choice striker target.

A deal is believed to be close with Balotelli understood to be keen on moving to London, although it remains to be seen whether we’ll be able to get anything over the line before the World Cup kicks off on Thursday.

With so many transfer rumours flying about these days, it’s difficult to know what to believe, but I’d be delighted if the Daily Mail have this one right. Balotelli can be a nightmare sometimes and he always seems to find himself in trouble, but his talent is undeniable.

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People forget he’s still young – just 23 – so he’s not fully matured and if anyone can tame the Italian international, it’s Arsene Wenger. We obviously need at least one striker this summer and £20m for Balotelli sounds like an excellent piece of business if we can pull it off.

He has all the attributes we need for a striker. He’s powerful, can play with his back to goal and has pace to get in behind and stretch defences. He’s a good finisher and also has experience in the Premier League, so I think he’d be an excellent addition to the squad.


  1. Magezi Abel

    June 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Arsenal don’t need those young players in their defence&midfield.we nid atypical striker,typical rightback&typical holding midflder

  2. shina Adefila

    June 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I hope Wenger will be able to control the Mandness on this guy Mario, He is a good guy we need him if can come to Arsenal fc.

  3. Roland C Rozario

    June 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Mario will be a changed person under Arsene and will be a better upfront man for the Gunners…just wait and see!
    Arsene has the knack in personal management!

    • Bennygooner

      June 10, 2014 at 12:29 am

      Yeah cos he did a great job with Nicky Bendtner didn’t he… Some people are uncontrollable – Ballotelli being one of those. No thanks. Would prefer Wilfried Bony Please.

      • Os

        June 10, 2014 at 12:45 am

        Please dont assume you know better than wenger.I good season doesnt make bony worth 25 mill that swansea want mario is a much better player .

  4. eric

    June 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

    We nid stronge defensive nd rite back and a good striker for next season battle

  5. psalmpato

    June 9, 2014 at 11:54 am

    i fink its a gud ideal u need BALO

  6. Ezekiel

    June 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Balo is a good striker,sure wenger Can manage him and is a plus 2 arsenal come next season.

  7. Noor moto

    June 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Wenger is a psychologist and can tame even wild animals what about Balatoli?

  8. g.paul

    June 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Balo is gud en we knw he wil work 4 us come nxt season Man U are worried “why always me”

  9. ferro

    June 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I hope we get him. We need powerful players and they don’t come much more powerful than this boy.

  10. philip

    June 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    balo wil bi gud adition to our aquad

  11. Victor

    June 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Fab+balo+di maria=victory,pliz wenger dont let fab to chels

  12. Rufai hassan

    June 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Balo wil b a gud addition 2 our squad,he has strenght,pace nd goal sence so wot nxt nd wenger should add schneiderlin 2 d midfid nd aurier@d bak

  13. joel

    June 9, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    pleas wenger dont let cecs to go to blues coz i wil stop watching football

  14. Ojuolape murphy

    June 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Wel balooo is good strik 4 arsenal and will need di ma or fabe

  15. samuel

    June 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    balo,di maria

  16. Emmanuel

    June 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Balotv is a good player it had more to d team,i wnt wenger to buy dat j.milner nd put has a replacement 4 b.sagna

  17. henry love

    June 9, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    well to me i wil say thumbz up to wenger… Balo is a great player and he wil be fit in that position as a striker..we also nid a defensive midfielder in that position i tink yaya toure wil be okay and sumbdy to replace sagna that’s aurier… Up gunners

  18. emeka

    June 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I love this news balobalo come home come to papar we need u wit or witout or madness

  19. dammy

    June 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    balo is a gweat player m jst scared of d dude bad charcter,lets hope arsenal signs him n he also gets to change n pls bring back our cesc to arsenal pls weng

  20. moe kaung kim

    June 10, 2014 at 1:00 am

    ces balotelli dimarria or pedro or griizzman bender ginter song really reach our team we can won the all cup

  21. Akaa gunnera

    June 10, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Mario will be a great value 2 Arsenal team.Wenger should not play with dis opportunity.he is talented but very sturbo run.I think Wenger will manage his altitude

  22. jacob uchee

    June 10, 2014 at 6:13 am

    wenger! bring cese, balo is a good addition then anthonio valencia to support balo n remy

  23. Amara morison sam ngulangue

    June 10, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Mario may solve the problem for gunners scoring power

  24. sharpman

    June 10, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Balotelli physical & style of play is just like yaya toure, he can never be tamed not a shelfish player but for his madness I believe only wenger can be able to control. What do you expect Ballotelli to be UNDER MOURHINHO

  25. Alex dreyson.

    June 10, 2014 at 7:46 am

    The gud signing for wenger i’ll be-Baloteli,di maria,serge aurier,fabrigas and Schneiderlin or khedira or bender.

  26. hardeybiyi damilare

    June 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

    all is just dat wenger need to sign a well know striker dat will be compared with any other strikers

  27. solex

    June 10, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Balo is a great player nd a good finisher in times of goals scoring. Mr wenger we need balo in arsenal Pls. Up Arsenal

  28. dawit zenebe

    June 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Balo, Di maria, martinez, begovic, aurier are the ideal players that can maker arsenal title contendors next season

  29. HAMZA

    June 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm


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