Italy’s World Cup hero Mario Balotelliis reportedly in line for a potential return to the Premier League after Arsenal emerged as favourites to sign the striker. Balotelli showed his ability to score against Premier League defenders by grabbing the winner in Italy’s 2-1 victory over England in their opening match of the World Cup, and the enigmatic forward could now be set to end his time with AC Milan and head to London.
Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola has refused to rule out a move to Arsenal, admitting the Gunners were one of the few clubs in the world who would be able to attract the Italy international.
“Arsenal is a fantastic club in London. Only 10 clubs in the world maximum could afford Mario – like all premium players and he is one of the greatest. I won’t make any further comment until after the transfer window closes,” insisted the Italian’s agent.
The former Manchester City striker has failed to settle to life back in Italy since his return to Serie A. While Balotelli has already racked up 30 goals for Milan in less than 60 games, the 23-year old has made it clear he is far from happy with a number of issues, not least the club’s continued absence from the top of the Serie A table and the Champions League.
A return to the Premier League with Arsenal would guarantee Balotelli a return to European football’s top table, and Gunners fans would finally get the striker they have been crying out for since Robin van Persie left for Manchester United. With a manager of Arsene Wenger’s experience, Arsenal fans would be confident the Frenchman would be able to control a player who seems to make as many headlines off the pitch as he does on it.