Arsenal could be aided in their bid to bring Mario Balotelli to the Emirates this summer by their kit supplier Puma.
Balotelli is on the Gunners’ hitlist this summer along with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and QPR striker Loic Remy, with Arsene Wenger expected to be given a £100million transfer kitty.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.”
Arsenal are keen to add to their attacking ranks, but whether Balotelli will prove to be a bridge too far remains to be seen.