The Daily Mail has suggested that Arsenal fans have two reasons to be optimistic the club can do a deal for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.
The national daily newspaper claims that Milan have made it clear they are willing to sell the forward this summer, after a disappointing Serie A campaign for the club last season.
Balotelli has been consistently linked with an Emirates Stadium move since the end of last season, but potential stumbling blocks would appear to get in the way of a transfer.
Balotelli’s attitude, which has got him into trouble before, could create friction between himself and manager Arsene Wenger, who is extremely strict on the way his players handle themselves away from the club.
The second main stumbling block was the financial angle, which is ironic considering Arsenal’s financial position is quite strong.
Wenger has always maintained that he’ll never make poor value signings for the club unless he believes a player offers him something he doesn’t already have.
Valuations on Balotelli have generally ranged between £20-25 million, which means it is a financial gamble for the Gunners should they decide to officially go after him.
He has the potential to become one of the best strikers in the world but the fact Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan (should they sell him) have all been happy to move him on will concern the Arsenal manager.
Separate links to re-signing Carlos Vela and the potential of Joel Campbell, who excelled for Costa Rica against Uruguay, suggest Wenger may be reluctant to bring in a serious alternative to Olivier Giroud up front.
However, with Milan happy to sell and the cash freely available, Wenger may find it difficult to justify passing on the chance to sign another top quality player after denying Cesc Fabregas an Arsenal return.