Mourinho says Arsenal target Balotelli can have 'a beautiful career'

Jose Mourinho has been talking about his former Inter Milan troublemaker Mario Balotelli.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with plenty of strikers this summer and with good reason. They currently have just Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo playing the centre forward role and reinforcements are desperately being sought.

Now it would appear that former Manchester City bad-boy Mario Balotelli is at the top of their wanted list. The Italian striker, who scored the winning goal against England recently, is said to crave Champions League football next season and is also reportedly fed up of the racism problems besieging the Italian game.

Just this week it was being reported that Arsenal were ready to make a move on the talented, if not disruptive, player. The reports claimed that The Gunners were ready to offer him £180k-a-week and his agent talked up a move before that.

It would certainly be a gamble from Wenger, but one that could prove to be a masterclass. As many have tried, and failed, to tame 'Balo' in the past.

Roberto Mancini and Balotelli got on well, too well. No discipline left the striker free to roam - he took liberties. Too much discipline and you will get a similar reaction - ask Jose Mourinho.

He had Balotelli at Inter Milan and the pair often came to blows, even if Mourinho can laugh at about it now. The fact is the pair clashed when it came to ego, but Mourinho would never say he is not a great player.

In fact he has been speaking about him today to media in Italy. He said that while Balotelli will never change, he still has the world at his feet:

"Mario will always be Mario... I think Mario has all the factors in his hands to reach an even higher level. With the technical and physical potential that he has he can still do a lot better. It's a question of can you make him understand better, to understand his true potential... I always tell my players, especially the young ones, that when God gave you a special potential, you have to take advantage and make no mistakes, and make a beautiful career."

Mourinho still believes in his talent, as long as he has his head screwed on correctly. For that he needs the right manager. For whatever reason he responds to Cesare Prandelli, the Italian boss, and if Wenger could channel that style with Balotelli there is no reason why Mourinho's 'beautiful career' he talks about cannot be at Arsenal.

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