£26.5m Arsenal, Spurs target damned by club - this is their chance

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Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are both reportedly interested in maligned AC Milan striker who was effectively told by Serie A club that he has not learned.

With the dearth of quality striking options in North London, it is no wonder that both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are on the look-out for proven goal-scorers when the transfer market reopens for trading in the summer.

Considering Diego Costa's imminent £32m to Chelsea, that eliminates one seemingly available hit-man from the reaches of the Gunners and the Spurs, however, there are other forwards who could be acquired at the right price.

One of them, former Manchester City and current AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, has been infuriating his Serie A employers.

Despite his prowess in the final third, club president Silvio Berlusconi believes the Italian still has much learning to do, particularly in front of goal despite his 18 haul from this season.

Berlusconi is quoted by Mediaset to have said: “I want to ask Balotelli if he wants to win. He will say yes, and then I will tell him that he has to stay closer to the goal. Balotelli needs to learn how to score goals. Balotelli has extraordinary potential though. He is not a centre forward in our opinion, so he has to learn how to play in that role."

Valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £26.5m, would Balotelli, 23, be an attractive prospect for Arsenal or Tottenham? Considering the almost damning verdict given to him by the Milan upper brass, he may feel like he is being forced out of the club.

Just two months ago he told Gazzetta dello Sport that if he is not wanted then he would leave.

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