Much admired youngster set to leave San Siro sooner rather than later.
La Gazzetta dello Sport understands Mario Balotelli is ready to leave Inter and join Arsenal after being left in the stands on Sunday.
The 19-year-old striker has been repeatedly criticised by Jose Mourinho and no longer appears to have a future under his management.
Inter President Massimo Moratti would like to see him stay, as Balotelli is one of the few players from the club’s academy to break into the first team.
Having lost Robin van Persie for five months, Arsenal are apparently prepared to launch a bid in January worth around £20m for the Italy Under-21 international who would also earn nearly £3m a year at the Emirates.
Balotelli still has four years to run on his current deal, but he is by now convinced that Arsene Wenger is the only man who can get the best out of him.
La Gazzetta believes that while Inter have grown fed up with his attitude, it’s Balotelli who is actively pursuing the move, trying to force the club into a sale.
It’s hard to blame Balotelli for wanting a move when he is routinely booed by opposing fans in most grounds across Italy.
La Gazzetta believes the situation has reached such an impasse that, while the transfer is reportedly scheduled for January, it’s either Mourinho or Balotelli who will leave Inter in the summer. (Football Italia)
It seems that things are becoming untenable for Super Mario Balotelli at Inter Milan and if this source suggests it is case of either Jose Mourinho or the youngster leaving the club, then given the former Chelsea boss’s success at San Siro, I would put my money on the Italian youngster being the first heading to the exit.
Inter’s loss could well be Arsenal’s gain, Balotelli is a very talented player with great potential and as long as Arsene can take the temperamental edge off the teenager things will be just fine. The north London club has a wealth of youthful talent coming through but the undoubted ability shown thus far by Balotelli may be just too much to turn down and even though the asking price may be a little steep it could well turn out to be a bargain in the long term.
Given the fact that Robin Van Persie is out for such a long spell such a move may well be hastened for January and I fully believe Mario has what it takes to be a big success in the Premier League where his hustle and bustle style may well fit in perfectly.