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Arsenal To Land €48m-Rated Attacker For Just €30m?

PUMA are willing to help fund a big-money move by Arsenal to bring Mario Balotelli to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, according to the Metro.

The January transfer window may have slammed shut but clubs will still be working hard behind the scenes at identifying targets for the summer, so we’ll bring you all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Gooner Mac gives us news on Arsenal’s pursuit of Mario Balotelli.

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Balotelli: In His Man City days

PUMA are willing to help fund a big-money move by Arsenal to bring Mario Balotelli to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, according to the Metro.

Arsenal officially announced a new record kit sponsorship deal with PUMA last month that’s due to start this summer and it looks like the sportswear giant could help us land one of their clients.

Balotelli has been a name linked with us over the past few weeks and Arsene Wenger has been tipped to renew his interest at the end of the season when he finally hopes to bring in a world class striker.

However, while AC Milan’s reported €48m (£40m) valuation has put the boss off making a bid so far, the Metro claim that our new sponsors, PUMA, have offered to part-fund the move and are willing to pay as much as €18m (£15m) towards the deal. That would mean Arsenal could potentially land Balotelli for just €30m (£25m).

The report suggests that PUMA – who also sponsor Balotelli – want to pair two of their biggest clients together so are prepared to stump up some serious cash to make it happen.

It’s not uncommon to hear of sponsors helping to fund transfer deals on the continent, but it’s extremely rare here in the UK and I have my doubts over whether a deal structured in this way would actually happen.

Balotelli was a hugely controversial figure during his time at Manchester City and even a great man-manager like Wenger may struggle to contain the fiery Italian international striker.

However, the 23-year-old is still young and perhaps he would mature under the tutelage of Arsene if we did manage to sign him in the summer, and there’s no doubting his talent. He’s already scored 25 goals in 38 matches for a struggling Milan side since joining them a year ago, so imagine what he could do with the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and Walcott supplying him.

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Would you like to see Balotelli join Arsenal? Share your views below…



  1. Shola Isaac Atokulu

    February 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Arsene is not a serious type,dis man is so stingy moreover you re not d owner or may be you are among board,because i see no reason why wenger should be given money without spending a penny dis is wahala.Baloteli will fit in arsenal squad thanks to PUMA.

    • mc gooner

      February 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      learn to type properly man

  2. Albert phiri

    February 5, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Balloteri can fit arsenal team and hes very gud in shootin, power, pace, controlball, pass. Hes betta than giroud.


    February 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm


  4. uche joe joey

    February 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    This kinda deal! Never!!!
    I know arsenal I know wenger
    This is just a rumour
    Ballo would be too soft if he joins arsenal

    Gooners!! Forget it

  5. Agina O Anthony

    February 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    If the story is real, I will love it. Balotelli is young and a fine stricker, who can easily score goals, while playing with players like Ozil, Walcott and Cazolla. Gunners 4ever.

  6. Last suka

    February 6, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I think he’s the r8t striker who can ft Arsenal.Go ahead Arsenal&PUMA!

  7. Luckson

    February 6, 2014 at 4:46 am

    I cnt wait 2 see balloteli at arsenal..come gunnerz bring ball at goonerz,arsenal 4 lyf

  8. The BearMan

    February 6, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Wenger cannot tame bad boy Mario!

    I am not sure Arsenal would be willing to risk it’s “super clean” reputation on Balloteli unless Puma offers something Arsenal never shys away from. A load of Wonga.

  9. Mr T i

    February 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    The so called arsenal coach is the unseriouse type. I will only believe him when i see the player @ arsenal, he is just saying it

  10. Alex Caulker

    February 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I can’t wait to see Baloteli in Arsenal, he is the type of players we need. Go goners and make possible.

  11. azeeez saheed

    February 6, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Am happy to hear dat,but if baba ijebu is not put money down,dnt think a c milan we live ballo to join gunner,but my prayer is to pay d money in time.up gunner.

  12. oringi charles

    February 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    pliz prof arsene wenger buy balloteli or squarez.

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