Chelsea made bookies favourites to beat Arsenal for 'world class' striker

Paddy Power have made Chelsea favourites to sign Mario Balotelli despite interest from rivals Arsenal.

The Blues' striking problems were on show again as they were limited to just the one goal against Galatasaray, with Fernando Torres hitting the back of the net in a rare showing of striking competency, but Jose Mourinho is still in desperate need of a striker this summer.

Edinson Cavani and Falcao have been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge, but Mourinho can do nothing until the end of the season and was once again left to rue his side's inability to establish a healthy lead, saying; "That's our team, that's our team. Some other teams have three chances and score three goals. We have five and score one."

It certainly seems that Roman Abramovich's chequebook will be out in force once again this summer, but Mourinho's primary striking target could be a familiar face to the Portuguese manager - and to football fans across Britain.

Paddy Power have installed the Blues as the 3/1 favourites to sign Mario Balotelli from AC Milan this summer. Balotelli is no stranger to the Premier League having featured for Manchester City, but worked with Mourinho at Inter Milan, and recently said that he would be open to working with Mourinho again - especially as it seemed Mourinho enjoyed managing the enigmatic striker, saying his time with him was 'funny'.

Whilst the bookmakers are unlikely to have any inside knowledge at this stage, it seems like a conceivable move. Balotelli is unhappy in Italy after being the subject of racist chanting, and reuniting with Mourinho could be his ticket away from the San Siro.

The Blues may look to bag Balotelli from under the noses of Arsenal, who had recently been linked with a swoop for the 23-year-old, especially after signing a new deal with Puma which many believed would help them land Balotelli - but with greater financial clout in West London, it seems Chelsea are better placed to sign the striker, which would be yet another huge transfer market disappointment for Arsenal.

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