Not Barcelona this time!
Inter and Arsenal could be about to enter negotiations for a deal that would see Mario Balotelli swap places with Francesc Fabregas.
According to Tuttosport, Balotelli’s relationship with coach Jose Mourinho has become strained this season, and the Italian striker could be put on the transfer market. (Various)
So once again we are being linked with the impending loss of Cesc Fabregas, something us Arsenal fans are regularly greeted with across the tabloids and websites that like to discuss such far fetched suggestions, on this occasion though Barcelona are not involved, which is at least a blessing.
On this occasion the rumour mill is suggesting that Jose Mourinho is hoping to persuade Arsene Wenger to part with our most prized asset and in return Inter Milan would give us a large sum of money, reportedly as much as £33m as well up and coming striker Mario Balotelli, who seems forever at odds with his boss, and as well as the Italian Under 21 attacker we are to be offered, yes you guessed it, our former hero Patrick Vieira!
Now these stories have been banded about among some of the less sensationalist sections of the Italian press and are therefore supposedly based in some sort of reality but whilst it may well be the case that the Italian giants would very much like such a deal to be completed it just hasn’t got a hope in hell of becoming a reality.
If, and this is a big double decker sized IF, Cesc left Arsenal sometime in the far distant future then I do think it will be to return to Barcelona, I don’t think it will happen this side of his 30th birthday, but it could happen, I don’t for one second see our captain leaving us to give Serie A a try, it just doesn’t seem to be something he would even consider.
On the other hand Mario Balotelli is just the type of player that I can imagine that Wenger is keeping a very close eye on so perhaps we could make an offer for the youngster as I think he has a great deal of potential and its the kind of potential that Jose Mourinho doesn’t appear able, or inclined, to mould successfully.