Over the past few weeks, the Balotelli flames keeps burning with new paths. The Daily Mirror reported last week that Arsene Wenger was due to meet his agent Raiola in Brazil to discuss the sale of the AC Milan player.
If the report is anything to go by, he ought to have met the said agent by now. And with the AC Milan owner’s wife Barbara Berlusconi hinting that the Italian is not irreplaceable, this could be the clearest indication yet that the Milan club intend to sell the Italian striker.
From reports, the fee being branded about for the player is £29 million. While others have indicated that a possible £180,000 a week contract is being drawn up for the Italian which will make him the highest earner at the club.
Juxtaposing the transfer fees and the supposed wages being brandish about in the press with the parsimony of Arsene Wenger, its very unlikely that the Frenchman will deviate from his philosophy and pay that much for a player who is yet to fully prove himself at the highest level apart from some modicum brilliance every now and then.
The Frenchman famously said in October 2007 at the height of the midfield of Alexander Hleb, Mathieu Flamini, Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky when the team was in full flow that Arsenal do not buy stars, they make star players. And that for a player to worth £30 million, he should have the ability to take the ball from the centre circle and score alone from kick off.
Those were the thoughts of the Frenchman a little over Seven years ago. Although that has changed with the £42 million spent on Mezut Ozil, the German however came with a huge reputation from Real Madrid and the German National team.
The question remains, will the Frenchman spend £29 million on a player who is not yet the finished article? Judging by his past antecedents it looks unlikely. And with the baggage that supposedly comes with this deal, it could be another smokescreen for the club to get another striker under the noses of all the rumours and speculation doing the rounds. Just as it was when Eduardo was signed from Dynamo Zagreb in 2007 when there was no prior rumour that a deal was in the offing.