Arsenal boss – Arsene Wenger has for several months now been in the mix in his search for a new top class striker that will partner his lone Frenchman up front.
Arsenal could be aided in their bid to bring Mario Balotelli to the Emirates this summer by their new kit supplier Puma according to the Express.
The Italian hitman is on the Gunners’ hitlist this summer along with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, QPR striker Loic Remy and several others, with Arsene Wenger expected to be given a £100million transfer war chest to carry out summer shopping in preparation for next season.
Wenger who had previously failed in his attempt to sign the player back when he was with Italian giants; Inter Milan, loosing out on his signature to Manchester City will be looking to try his luck again but this time with the back-up of Puma.
The Gunners put pen to paper on a £30m-a-year deal with the German sportswear company in January and it’s not the first time the Puma plan to bring Balotelli to Arsenal has surfaced.
And reports in Italy suggest Arsenal will be backed by Puma in order to pull off a coup.
It is thought Arsenal retain a strong interest in Balotelli and that Puma believe having Balotelli back in the Premier League would be a boon for supporters.
Yet only last week, AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi was unsure where Balotelli would be at the end of the summer and said:
“Will Balotelli stay? We have not decided about the market yet, neither for signings or for sales,” he said.
“We are evaluating, anyway, new players, but to take decisions we must wait for the new coach.”
Wenger who has always been a huge fan of the Italian forward right from his early days at Inter Milan will be looking to deal with the 6′ 3″ tall players’ troublesome lifestyle both on and off the pitch.
Arsenal are keen to add to their attacking ranks, but whether Balotelli will prove to be a bridge too far remains to be seen. But with new kit supplier – Puma stepping into the picture, it could well become a reality and Arsenal fans will see Balotelli play for us wearing the new Puma kit.
However, should the deal by Arsenal and Puma to sign Balotelli fall through, Wenger still nurse a host of other targets and retains a good chance to move for any of them should the need arise.