Arsenal Deal Edges Closer After Agent Agrees €36m Sale

By on June 21, 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 the latest on Arsenal’s pursuit of Mario Balotelli.

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Arsenal’s proposed move for Mario Ballotelli appears to have taken a huge step closer with reports claiming that AC Milan have agreed to sell the striker for €36million.

Balotelli has emerged as our top target this summer with speculation suggesting Arsene Wenger wants the Italian hitman to come to Arsenal this summer and offer competition to Olivier Giroud next season.

Recent newspaper reports claim we have already held initial negotiations with AC Milan and chief contract fixer Richard Law is understood to have drawn up a mammoth contract worth £180,000-a-week to try and lure the striker to the Emirates.

In a new development, the Metro are citing reports from Sky Italia that claim Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola met with AC Milan officials yesterday where it was agreed the 23-year-old would be sold for €36m (£29m).

As has been previously reported, the newspaper suggests that Milan are keen to get the Italians wages off their books while Balotelli is also understood to be keen to leave Serie A after receiving racial abuse last season.

Obviously until something official comes out from the club, we should take any newspaper reports with a pinch of salt, but there does seem to be something in this Balotelli-to-Arsenal story. Press in both England and Italy appear in agreement over several aspects and the key points seem to be that Wenger wants him, AC Milan are happy to sell and Balotelli wants to leave with the Premier League believed to be his preferred destination.

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The supposed asking price of £29m appears good value for a player of Balotelli’s quality and it’s easy to forget he’s just 23, so he has his best years ahead of him and I think he’s got the potential to improve vastly under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger.

However, nothing is going to happen until after the World Cup – although Italy could be joining England in heading for an early exit following their shock loss to Costa Rica last night, so we might be able to tie this deal up sooner than expected.

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12 Comments

  1. Delford Magaya

    June 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

    A lot of people will be surprised by Arsene Wenger, rumours are seculating about Balloteli and other players going to Arsenal, but believe me, you will see playrs that was never talked about before. Wenger is busy scouting players at the World Cup. He will not rest until the World cup is over. He will never buy players who are being advertised by the Media and newspapers. He knows the type of players who can fit in his team without any problem. He did that to Gilberto Silva, some years ago after Brazil won the world cup.

    • Joe

      June 21, 2014 at 11:20 am

      I sure hope your right. For Wenger to let a world class player like Fab go to Chelsea and all we seem to be looking at is overpriced average players at best is a joke. Balloteli is nothing more than an overpriced drama queen, I wouldn’t want on a free, and to hear Wenger wants to waste that sort of money on him makes me sick, especially when there are alot better players than him about for less wages.

      • Rebo Ehwan

        June 21, 2014 at 11:43 am

        I think you are wrong here my brother. Balotelli is sure not an ‘average’ player. If he is there, we can have some player to look forward to watching every week. For now, who do we have? Girioud?

      • Michael Staley

        June 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm

        I’d take Wenger’s judgement over yours any day of the week. I think he’s made the right decision over Fabregas, though I’ve no doubt it was a difficult decision to make. Balotelli has issues of temperament, no doubt, but he’s a good player with a lot of potential.

  2. benemond

    June 21, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I think balloteli would be a very great buy for arsenal. Hope it happens

  3. Julius kinyua

    June 22, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Balloteli is a good player leave alone his temper.i hope to see him play for arsenal next season.

  4. Rabana

    June 22, 2014 at 7:15 am

    If Wenger wants real value for money in a striker, he should go for Emenike of Nigeria. He is fast, agile, a good dribbler, and above all, cheap!!! He is like Suarez. Mario is good, no doubt; but Emenike is better.

  5. Earnest

    June 22, 2014 at 7:29 am

    U are absolutely dung horse .emenike is beta dan ballooosa balotowaninuteli. It seem u are novice. Kekere ko ni baba fi ju omo lo

  6. Earnest

    June 22, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I wil rather choose mandzukic than emenike

  7. Edache patrick

    June 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Baloteli is d rite man 4 arsenal 4get abt d tempramental it depends on d manager he wrk undr, profesor can t8k care of dat, up guners!!

  8. Edache patrick

    June 22, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Imagine if arsenal sign Balo Balo & u play him wit campbel off front wit a formation of 4 – 4 – 2 guyz we are gud 2go……

  9. Emmanuel phiri

    June 23, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Baloteli is the best option for Arsenal.

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