Arsene Wenger Finally Kicks Into Action After Making €31m Striker Bid

By on June 16, 2014

As we approach the opening of the summer window clubs will be intensifying their efforts in the transfer market so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Gooner Mac brings us news of Arsenal’s bid for Mario Balotelli.

Image: Express

Arsene Wenger appears to be getting his summer transfer business under way with reports today claiming that Arsenal have submitted a €31m bid for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

Wenger has been gearing up for what’s expected to be a busy summer in the transfer market with another striker to offer competition for Olivier Giroud next season understood to be a priority, and Balotelli has been touted as a potential target.

It was initially reported that the boss would use his time in Brazil as a pundit for French TV to scout Balotelli as well as Mario Mandzukic and Karim Benzema – who are also thought to be on the Frenchman’s radar.

However, speculation in recent days has suggested that Monaco are preparing to sell Radamel Falcao this summer and would use the money to try and land Balotelli. It seems the Ligue 1 giants interest has sparked Wenger into action early as the Express claim that Arsenal have now submitted a formal €31m (£25m) bid in the hope that will be enough to get a deal tied up quickly.

It remains to be seen whether that figure will be enough to persuade AC Milan to sell, but with new boss Filippo Inzaghi supposedly telling the striker he is free to leave this summer, the Gunners should be confident of agreeing a fee.

Another interesting twist to the tail is that newspaper reports have suggested that our new shirt manufacturers PUMA may be ready to help swing the deal in our favour, as Balotelli is one of their key clients and they would surely love to see him line-up wearing our new PUMA kit next season.

Balotelli is of course a hugely controversial figure but his talent can not be questioned. When he’s content, he’s an excellent striker and he was superb for Milan in the early days following his move from Manchester City before he went off the boil when he started being targetted for racial abuse during the second half of last season.

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There’s no doubt we need to bring in at least one top class striker this summer and I’d love to see Balotelli come to the Emirates, but it’s not going to be easy with Monaco also understood to be in the running, so let’s hope this news of a bid is accurate and we’re able to get a deal tied up quickly before the French outfit formalise their interest too.

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10 Comments

  1. happisoul

    June 17, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I really do hope so…

  2. ken fooski

    June 17, 2014 at 6:53 am

    if we mario then we wil have a good streking force

  3. KENNEDY

    June 17, 2014 at 7:28 am

    IT WILL BE AGOOD BUY,WENGER SHOULD ALSO BUY BENZEMA OR MULLER

  4. Peter

    June 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Wenger should show quality of a good competitor by going for good players now.Balloteli is good.

  5. Ozgun

    June 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I think that this will be a different window to the ones that we have suffered in the past decade or more. Arsene is more upbeat and there’s a twinkle in his eye. Amazing what a trophy can do. I believe that he has a list of top class targets and is prepared to deal. Look out for some world class signings and some unexpected ones that will prove to be sheer gold. Next season promises to be excitement plus with the 2 Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all fighting for 4 CL spots.
    I just can’t wait.

  6. Martin Ageet

    June 17, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Wenger shouldn’t let Carzola leave the clud instead bring in Benzema to match his crosses.Balloteli will be agd addition

  7. richard in spain

    June 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I agree they should keep cazola if we can and get balotelli I also think we still need good goal keeper then we an win stuff

  8. gooner4life

    June 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Let’s not count our chickens yet as we have heard this kind of talk before all we signed were a lot of Turkeys. But I hope it is true and we get Campbell as well. It was great to watch an arsenal player actually shoot from outside the box.

  9. Paulrobinson

    June 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Buy players not at last min

  10. owolabi

    June 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    is like a dream but when wenger sign mario then i belief that gunner are ready to compete

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