Mario Balotelli appears to have dangled a carrot in front of Arsene Wenger’s face, with the Italian reportedly open to the idea of a move to Arsenal.
However, before Arsenal fans get too carried away with the antics they could expect from the Italian, he has shot a massive great hole in his own foot in the process.
The Daily Mail claims that in order for Balotelli to secure a move to Arsenal, despite Wenger’s comments about not needing another striker, the Gunners are likely to have to give in to his massive wage demands.
The Mail says any potential wage deal would have to be worth £5 million per year after tax, which would make Balotelli one of the best paid players in the Premier League.
Arsenal have a socialist wage structure, ensured to help the club operate within the financial fair play rules and restrictions, which now surround football.
Arsene Wenger is also a firm believer in only paying a player what he personally believes they are worth, which means for those wage demands to be met, Wenger would have to drop a mentality and belief he’s held throughout his career at the club.
It also opens up a can of worms for Arsenal in terms of how other players would then react to the news.
Each time a key player sees his contract come up for renewal, Arsenal would be faced with the prospect of significant pay rises across the board in order to get key players to stay at the club.
Balotelli’s demands still aren’t as great as the deal Wayne Rooney is on at Manchester United, but it’s a significant demand when signing him would represent a gamble for Wenger.
He does have Premier League experience but at every club he’s so far found himself at during his career, he’s been moved on and Arsenal are arguably better off focusing their efforts elsewhere.