More and more of the reports about Arsenal transfer news in the media recently have involved the Italy international striker Mario Balotelli. But the transfer looked like it was going to be difficult when we first heard about it, with the young striker certainly having a strong mind of his own and his club AC Milan being notoriously stubborn.
Milan was the 23-year old Italian” boyhood club, which is why he went there from Man City in the first place. It certainly seems to have helped him as well, with much fewer reports of his off field antics and much more consistency on the pitch. But Mario hinted last week that his future was up in the air rather than insisteing on staying, so that was a big step.
Now we hear that Milan are willing to sell their star, if the money is right of course. Apart from Balotelli’s goals, they had a poor season in Serie A and have no European football to boost their coffers, while the president Silvio Belusconi has plenty of his own political problems to deal with. That may be why his daughter, who is now the club’s vice-president, has given Arsenal great encouragement in their transfer pursuit.
Barbara Berlusconi said, “Balotelli is a great player.
“But the way I see it, I don’t believe that someone can be irreplaceable.
“We will see what happens.”
That is about as close to a club saying `come and buy our player` as you are likely to get, so Milan are keen, Ma\rio is keen, just how keen are Arsenal? Over to you Mr. Wenger…