Arsenal Revive Talks For €20m Striker But Must Meet €6m Wage Demands

By on July 22, 2014

Arsenal have revived their interest in Mario Balotelli but have been told he wants €6m-per-season AFTER TAX to make the move to the Emirates, according to reports.

We were strongly linked with the Italian international before the World Cup but our interest seemed to fade as we turned our attention to French hitman Loic Remy.

Talks with the QPR striker initially progressed well but we reportedly pulled out of the deal due to his excessive wage demands and it looks like he’s now off to join Liverpool.

The Daily Mail claim Arsene Wenger has now renewed his interest in Balotelli but after holding talks with his representatives, we’ve been told the 23-year-old wants €6m-per-season net – which would work out at around €126,000-a-week after tax.

Despite their public insistence that Balotelli will remain at the San Siro, AC Milan are understood to be keen on offloading the controversial striker this summer and the Mail suggest they will accept €20m (£16m) for his signature.

There’s no doubt Balotelli is a huge talent but he comes with such baggage, it makes him an extremely risky purchase. €20m seems like an excellent price IF we can get the best out of him, but I think his wage demands are likely to be a stumbling block.

I can’t see Arsene being prepared to give him such a lucrative contract due to the risks attached. If the worst happens and Balotelli turns out to be a nightmare and we want to sell, it’s going to make it difficult if he’s on high wages. Just look at the trouble we had trying to shift Bendtner and his £60k-a-week deal. Arsene won’t want another repeat.

So unless Balotelli lowers his demands, I can’t see a deal happening.


  1. Delford Magaya

    July 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    You must know Arsene Wenger by now, he will never take Baloteli to Arsenal. That will never happen and he even indicated that, we have never go for Baloteli.

  2. bc

    July 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Please no we don’t want balotelli.

  3. Mohammed zakaria

    July 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    We need him not, he is so controversial.

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  5. waheed afeez

    July 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    pls wenger inprove money dat ask 4 cavallho

  6. Ademola qudus

    July 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    We dont need balotelli,he is so controversial and stubborn we need anoda good striker to support olivier giroud

  7. ramos07

    July 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    say NO to Balloteli

  8. Witty

    July 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I think we need a player like balotelli coz he has a great scoring power

  9. Saheed olawale

    July 22, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    We need him,bcauz he get ability dat can improve our front line dan olivier,cnt wait to c u blaloyanyan

  10. Psammyboost

    July 23, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Balotelli will b a very gud signing 4 us, and will b veri glad if Wenger can rap up a deal 4 either khedira, shneiderlin or cavalho, cos dey at d best option in 4, and a back up 4 debuchy, nd try 2 lure vermaelin 2 sign a new deal, or get replacement in likes of lovren or nastasic. den arsenal can Beat anybdy

  11. ambrose

    July 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Balloteli is a deadly striker but he can cause trouble when you so much need him..and gets a redcard..unless Wenger is perfect counsellor he should not buy him.needneed

  12. Ajewole ayomide

    July 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    We ned baloteli 4 sure,sy that our front line we be an heart atack 4 defenders,nt lik giroud a very dul guy

  13. Bala Bababudan

    July 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Am short of words/Balotily no please.

  14. oby c

    July 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    no pls dont try it,

  15. Kidega Franco

    July 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Sign Balottell He Has The Scoring Ability Than Giroud.But He Needs Councelling And A Matter Of Time He Is Still Maturing

    • Eliot Elias

      July 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Year we need him

  16. Eliot Elias

    July 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Talented boy u know h can score

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