Thursday June 19 2014
Arsenal offer Balotelli €11m a year?

Arsenal are increasingly being linked with Mario Balotelli and today are reported as ready to offer wages of over €11m a year.

The Gunners have emerged in recent weeks as a leading candidate to come in with a bid this summer for the 23-year-old, who Milan are believed to have made available for transfer, at the right price.

It is a situation seen as centred on a €30m valuation and that Balotelli’s agent has not outright dismissed as improbable.

Reports yesterday indicated that Arsenal have opened talks with Mino Raiola over a proposed deal and are also looking into the financial viability of a summer operation.

Numerous outlets in the UK are today running the line that the club have now tabled a prospective wage offer to the Italy international.

It is believed that the Premier League side are prepared to pay £180,000 a week to Balotelli, around €225,000, to amount to an annual salary of over €11m. The striker’s Milan earnings each year are seen as around the €4m mark, after tax.

Meanwhile, Tuttosport report that Arsenal may put forward Joel Campbell in negotiations with Milan, to lower the cash spend on Balotelli.