The former Manchester City striker has emerged as the Gunners’ top transfer target in recent weeks, amid talk that he’s ready to quit AC Milan after just 18 months.
‘Mad Mario’ is said to be keen to return to the Premier League, which has alerted Wenger as he plots to snap up a top class goal-getter.
Although Balotelli’s temperament has been questioned, the Italy international’s ability has been clear for all to see for some time, which has convinced the Arsenal boss to take a risk after growing frustrated at his lack of forward options last term.
‘Balo’ is said to be demanding a £150,000-per-week contract and would command a transfer fee of around £30m, which are both doable for the north London club.
The 24-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola is confident that an agreement will be reached with Wenger, who recently signed a new contract at the Emirates Stadium after a few months of uncertainty.