Arsenal lead chase for Milan's Balotelli

Arsenal lead chase for Milan's Balotelli
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Published June 5th, 2014 - 03:23 GMT via

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Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli

In search for the tools to capitalize on their first silverware-bearing campaign in the better part of a decade, Arsenal are leading the chase for the ever-exciting, Mario Balotelli.

The Italian international moved back to Italy in January of 2013 for £24 million. The former Manchester City star has been as prolific as ever, scoring 30 goals in 54 games in all competitions for i Rossoneri, equaling his total from 80 appearances from when he played in Manchester. 

According to Sky Sports, AC Milan president, Silvio Berlusconi says, "Will Balotelli stay? We have not decided about the market yet, neither for signings or for sales. [...] We are evaluating, anyway, new players, but to take decisions we must wait for the new coach."

Milan are expected to announce former Rossoneri hitman and current AC Milan youth coach, Filippo Inzaghi, as their new head coach in the coming weeks, even though currently-in-limbo manager, Clarence Seedorf, has yet to be handed his marching orders. 

"I read things like you. But I haven't information from the club and so I have nothing to say. I feel good and I'm trying to live these days with the family and friends, and I reaffirm to have not had indications from the club," said Seedorf. 

While Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are looking to strengthen and deepen a rather shallowly built Gunners squad, it remains to be seen if Wenger and Company are willing to deal with the 23-year-old Italian, given his off-field issues. 

In 2009, according to The Telegraph, it is noted that Wenger held high praise for the Italian forward. “I am keeping an eye out for Balotelli, a player I like very much. In my view he can be one of the best," Wenger's quoted as saying. 

It will be interesting to see how Arsenal manager this summer transfer window. The World Cup inflates player values and big performances from any of Arsenal's shortlisted targets could place them out of their willing pay range. 

However, with Fabianski gone to Swansea, Sagna more than likely out the door, and Bendtner and others bound for the exit, it will be an active transfer window for the FA Cup Champions.

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