The rumour mill has flirted with the possibility of a Mario Balotelli transfer to Arsenal and now one of the national daily newspapers claims the Gunners have been asked by AC Milan to consider bidding for the controversial.
The Mail suggests that Milan are tired of Balotelli’s antics, which plagued his career at Manchester City, along with his inconsistency and want to move him on with Arsene Wenger’s club one of the sides urged to consider a move for him.
“Manchester City have a buy-back option but are unlikely to take that up, yet other English clubs have been asked to consider bidding and Arsenal are among them,” writes Simon Jones.
The big problem is that the controversy, the antics and the behavioural issues which commonly follow Balotelli are the main reasons that Arsene Wenger may not be interested in moving for the Italian striker.
Wenger, has never done anything during his time in charge of the Gunners to threaten the team spirit and balance of his side.
Just because there is pressure on him to make a high profile attacking signing to come in and play alongside Olivier Giroud, doesn’t mean he’ll sign the first high profile striker to have been offered to the club.
Wenger is much more likely to sign a lower profile forward to come in and start the season on the bench behind Giroud, someone determined to work hard and someone who won’t give the Frenchman a variety of unnecessary problems.
Balotelli certainly wouldn’t be happy starting the season on the bench behind Giroud and at a time when the Gunners need to press on to fight back in the Premier League title race, the boss needs everyone moving in the same direction.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Arsenal are one of the sides Milan have reportedly encouraged to buy Balotelli because of the financial strength the club currently enjoys.
Arsenal are one of the few clubs in a position to be able to buy Balotelli and do a deal quickly, but that doesn’t mean he’s the right player for the North Londoners.