The Gunners are believe to be close to securing a deal for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli after the north London side agreed to meet the San Siro side’s valuation of the 23 year old Ghanian born Italian international.
It is believed that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger shifted his focus from QPR’s Loic Remy to Balotelli after learning of the Serie A side’s willingness to sell the former Man City man for as little as €20m (£15.8m), a fee the Frenchman is ready to meet.
Despite having already signed Alexis Sanchez the Premier League side are keen to bring in a further addition to boost their attack and with Wenger looking to field the Chilean in a wide role the signing of another central striking option is paramount.
Wenger sees Balotelli as the man who can relieve the burden of the overworked Frenchman Olivier Giroud and also fight the former Montpellier striker for a starting berth in the Gunners line up for the season.
Arsenal are keen to follow up the successful ending of a lengthy silverware drought last term by mounting a genuine Premier League title push and as such the club’s owners have handed Arsene Wenger a substantial transfer war-chest.
The transfer fund boost comes off the back of the massive new kit deal agreed with Puma who are ready to assist Arsenal in the pursuit of Balotelli, who is one of the sportswear giant’s main figureheads.
Arsenal are ready to hand Balotelli his desired number 45 shirt and are happy to hand the striker a deal that would see him become the club’s highest earner with a £160k a week deal on the table which the player is ready to sign though AC Milan are hopeful that other prospective suitors could help initiate a bidding war for the Italian international.