AC Milan want Arsenal wonderkid in part-exchange for Mario Balotelli

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AC Milan want Joel Campbell as part of any Mario Balotelli deal.

Arsenal are busy trying to sign star striker Mario Balotelli, but how far are they prepared to go?

While figures of £25 million have been suggested, Italian newspaper Tuttosport write that Milan are willing to accept less cash.

This is because they would like to sign Joel Campbell from the Gunners as part of the deal.

The report does not stipulate whether this would be a loan arrangement or are seeking a permanent move, although the wording indicates towards the latter.

Campbell has been a revelation early at this World Cup, firing Costa Rica to victory over highly fancied Uruguay, and will face off against Balotelli tonight when they face Italy.

The report adds that Milan are hoping Balotelli continues scoring at the tournament, and pushes up the asking price dramatically.

This would in turn increase their bargaining power, and chances of persuading Arsenal to throw Campbell into the deal.

The 21-year-old is yet to play a game for the Gunners in his short career, spending time on loan at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos.

Arsene Wenger said last week he would return to Arsenal for pre-season, but if it means getting Mario Balotelli, those plans may have to be changed.


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