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Milan target Arsenal with Balotelli bait

ESPN staff
June 2, 2014
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Mario Balotelli has been put in the transfer shop window by AC Milan - with Arsenal being handed the opportunity to bring the former Manchester City striker back to England.

Milan are keen to raise funds for an overhaul of their squad following a disappointing eighth-place finish in Serie A last season and Balotelli, who is likely to face England in Italy's World Cup opener on June 14, will be offered around Europe's top clubs for around £30 million, according to the Daily Mail.

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Milan signed Balotelli for £24m in January last year following a series of fall-outs with staff and fellow players at City, but the cash-strapped club are keen to make a profit on the striker who has scored 30 goals in 54 appearances since swapping the Etihad for the San Siro.

City have a buy-back option but are unlikely to take Milan up on the offer considering his turbulent time in Manchester, while Monaco are also believed to be interested.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, looking to rebuild his FA Cup-winning side after signing a new three-year deal on Friday, is a fan of Balotelli. In 2009 he said: "I am keeping an eye out for Balotelli, a player I like very much. In my view he can be one of the best."

Wenger and his scouting team will travel to Brazil to sound out potential targets as Arsenal look to push on from their fourth-place finish and FA Cup victory.

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