Mario Balotelli

Reports coming out of Italy suggest that Mario Balotelli is now more than ever determined to leave AC Milan according to the Daily Express, after talks between his agent and Arsene Wenger in London.

The Italian striker was in tears after being substituted in a match against Napoli last week, and while he came back fighting with a goal against Bologna on Friday it is clear that all is not well at the San Siro.

The 23-year-old striker apparently has told his agent Mino Raiola that he wanted to leave Milan in January with talk of him re-joining former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, but talks failed to amount to a deal.

Arsenal’s need for a striker is apparent for all to see and with both Arsenal and  Balotelli having signed agreements with German sportswear firm Puma, Balotelli at the Emirates is something the German firm would like to see happen.

Puma signed a £150 million sponsorship deal with Arsenal last month, and are said to be willing to add £15 million in order to have Balotelli back in England.

Milan’s asking price is thought to be around £40 million and if Wenger should sign Balotelli it will happen in the two weeks prior to the World Cup kicking off on June 12th because should the Italian striker do well in Brazil, Milan will expect more interest and will raise their valuation of him.