Arsenal closing in on £20m deal to bring Mario Balotelli to London [Mail on Sunday]

It is well know that Italy striker Mario Balotelli is firmly in the shop window.

AC Milan failed to qualify for European football next season and the Rossoneri are keen to shift Super Mario from their wage bill.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are on the look out for a striker to supplement the likes of Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo up front.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with Balotelli ever since they agreed a kit deal with Puma, who also sponsor Super Mario.

In today’s Mail on Sunday, Rob Shepherd seems quite convinced that a deal for Balotelli is pretty close for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Shepherd writes: “Mario Balotelli is Arsenal’s first choice to be their big striker signing this summer… This has now been confirmed by sources close to Arsenal.”

The Mail on Sunday scribe, who was one of the first journalists to predict Juan Mata would join Manchester United in January, added: “Balotelli prefers the idea of a move to London. Ahead of England’s opening World Cup game against Italy it can be revealed that middle men are trying to piece a deal together to see Arsenal secure the services of Balotelli in a £20million deal.”

Balotelli would no doubt feel that he has unfinished business in the Premier League, having left Manchester City under somewhat of a cloud.

The Italian striker is still just 23 and may well be ripe to come good under experienced Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Loic Remy already in this transfer window and the Frenchman and Italian could significantly boost the attacking options at the Emirates.