It had been reported that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger met with Balotelli’s agent Mino Riola in London on Monday to discuss a transfer but neither party has yet confirmed that this meeting took place.
Here are our top 10 reasons why Super Mario may switch life at the San Siro for the Emirates come July.
By Stuart Hynd – @supers0nic_
1. Puma power
Arsenal signed a massive multi-million pound contract with kit manufacturer Puma recently and with the German sports giant also Balotelli’s main sponsor, it would make business sense for a deal to be struck.
It has been speculated that Puma may have even offered to pay some of Balo’s transfer fee to push the deal through.
2. He’s got the talent
Anyone who has seen Balotelli in an Italy shirt over the last year will tell you that this kid has immense talent.
While he may currently be struggling to dazzle at Milan, the potential for Balo to become one of the best in the world is still there, even if it seems fairly dormant.
3. He’s an Arsene Wenger kind of signing
How many times over the years have we seen Wenger sign up a promising talent who seems to have lost their way, before turning them into mega stars? Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp are just a few of the names which spring to mind.
4. Unfinished business in England
Manchester City fans were split when Balotelli left the Etihad to return to Italy in 2013. Some believed he wasn’t worth the risk due to his temperamental nature while others claimed Roberto Mancini’s management skills left a lot to be desired when it came to dealing with Balotelli’s attitude.
After scoring just 20 goals in over three years in Manchester, the Italian still has doubters to prove wrong on our shores.
5. ‘Relatively’ cheap
With a reported transfer fee of £24million being tossed around on Twitter by several sources, even the price tag may not stop Wenger from delving into his war chest.
The French coach was very close to paying the £37million buy-out clause for 18-year-old Julian Draxler in January, so surely making a move for Balotelli, with all his international and Champions League experience, makes sense.
6. Can be the bad guy
Some Arsenal fans remain unsure about Balotelli moving to North London, citing that he may cause a rift in the dressing room with his bulging ego.
But maybe Balotelli’s ‘bad boy’ image would do some good?
It’s been years since Arsenal had a character like Balotelli in their dressing room and, with so many of the first team fading away when it’s time to fight, the AC Milan striker’s fire could prove vital.
7. Olivier Giroud just isn’t good enough
I’m quite a fan of Olivier Giroud. Since his arrival at Arsenal from Montpellier, the Frenchman’s attitude has been spot on. He has realised his importance to the team and maintained a good work ethic when things have been going badly in the bigger games this season.
But there is no escaping the fact that Giroud’s goals alone won’t bring trophies to the Emirates. Manchester United have Robin Van Persie, Man City have Sergio Aguero and Liverpool have Luis Suarez.
Balotelli could be the big star to lead the Arsenal line.
8. Mesut Ozil could sparkle again
It’s no secret that Mesut Ozil’s good form has deserted him in recent weeks. But the burden could be halved if Balotelli was brought in.
Ozil needs a world-class frontman to feed the ball to in order to build on the number of assists he has at the Emirates – and the German showed how deadly he can be when he linked up with Crisitiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
9. It would be a bit of payback
Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor all exchanged Arsenal red for City blue over the last few years and maybe the Gunners signing Balotelli could be a sign of retribution.
It can’t be easy watching your rivals poach your best talent, so what better way to get your own back than signing a footballer who City couldn’t handle and turning him into a serious professional.
10. Balotelli, he does what he wants
Instantly recognised for his symbolic mohawk, flashy cars and questionable behaviour on the park, it’s pretty clear that the Italian does what he wants.
And so if he wants to move to Arsenal, the deal will happen. Mainly, because he does whatever the hell he feels like.