Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager has rubbished claims about the club’s interest in madcap Italian striker Mario Balotelli claiming that the links run in the media is works of pure fiction.
The Italian international has been mooted for a sensational return to the Premier League, a possibility that was first talked up by the Italian player’s agent, Mino Raiola. There have also been claims that the Gunners have also held talks with the player’s present club AC Milan, over a summer transfer for the player.
With the Italian club’s Vice President Barbara Berlusconi claiming that the Italian is not irreplaceable at the club, it was thought the Wenger would get his star striker and add a player of mercurial talent to his squad as he looks to end a decade long wait for the Premier League title.
However, now, amid reports that a deal between the two clubs, mooted to be around the £ 27 million mark, is edging closer, the Arsenal manager has denied claims that he was ever interested in signing the player who had a tumultuous two and half years at Manchester City.
When asked about the possibility of Balotelli playing for the club next season, the Frenchman said that it was nothing but invention from the media.
He went on to add that it is not always right to believe what is on the internet or in the papers, because sometimes, these are created by the agents of certain players or by the journalists who need news. However, in this case, it is definitely not the truth.
The Arsenal is known for his hard faced approach to any potential transfer target, denying any move before it actually goes through and this denial does not come as a surprise as Balotelli is hardly the kind of player Wenger usually works with.