Arsenal's former €40m target could scupper move for £29m Balotelli

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Napoli could offset the departure of Gonzalo Higuain by signing Mario Balotelli from AC Milan.

For the second summer in a row Arsenal are desperately looking at trying to sign a striker to support Olivier Giroud. But now the two summers appear to have entwined in some sort of messy rumour mill nightmare.

This summer it is Mario Balotelli who appears to be the number one target for Arsenal this summer. Arsene Wenger is said to be looking into the potential signature of the player - reports today suggesting he will meet with his agent Mino Raiola in Brazil.

Last summer it is Gonzalo Higuain who was on the radar. Arsenal reportedly 'agreed terms' with the player last summer. However, Wenger got it in his head that he could sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool and soon enough Higuain was a footnote in Arsenal's rumour mill history.

Higuain went to Napoli in the end for €40 million.

This summer it appears the future of Arsenal's former summer striker target might just affect the future of their current big name striker target.

Reports are now suggesting that Napoli are in the race to sign Balotelli for a fee in the region of £29 million.

It comes as the future of Higuain is being cast into serious doubt. The Argentine has been linked with Barcelona this week, a move he admits would tempt him.

New Barca boss Luis Enrique reportedly wants to operate with a big centre forward ahead of Lionel Messi - and Higuain fits the bill.

If Barca get their man then Balotelli is expected to be the number one target of Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Balotelli has good links with Naples already - and with Milan willing to sell to the highest bidder, the future of Higuain might very well shape Arsenal's striking line-up once again next season.

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