Arsenal are looking to bring controversial striker Mario Balotelli back to The Premier League, reports The Telegraph. The 23 year old has spent almost two seasons at Serie A side A. C. Milan but is now looking to move from Italy.
The forward who joined Milan in a 25m Euro deal last year, has been subjected to a number of racial taunts during his time at Milan and this may have proved the reason for his apparent decision to return to England.
Despite a number of bizarre off-field events and contentious actions on the pitch, Balotelli is regarded as a highly talented striker. He has scored 66 goals in 158 league appearances throughout his career and has earned 29 international caps where he has netted 12 times.
Arsene Wenger recently signed a new contract with the North London club that will keep him there until 2017.
Arsenal look set for a busy transfer window. Speaking last week the manager confirmed that fans should expect a number of signings over the summer thanks to a budget of £100 million.
‘Should the fans expect a big summer? Yes, they should expect that. What I can promise is that we work very hard in a market that is very, very congested with many people who have a lot of money. But we have a big advantage, players want to join us and if we find the right quality I’m sure we can strengthen the team.”
Arsenal have been linked with both Loic Remy and Carlos Vela in the last couple of weeks due to their need for a striker. Fans and pundits alike have highlighted the position as a key area that needs strengthening if Arsenal are to compete for top honours in Europe and domestically.
They have relied heavily on Olivier Giroud as their only established striker this season, meaning the Frenchman has played a large number of games. An additional forward would add much needed depth to The Gunners and relieve the pressure on Giroud.