Arsenal close

Arsen Wenger is very close by signing Mario Balotelli, according to our sources.

Arsenal is ready to pay about 12-15m pounds for young Interista, and to offer him double of his current contract.

Pandev is expecting to come at Inter Milan in January from Lazio, which means that Jose Mourinho doesn’t count on him yet.

Ghana or Italy, I don’t care

“If I say what I really think, then we’re going to be in trouble. I want to talk it over with my parents, who are key figures for me,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“Yes, Ghana are behind this. For the moment I haven’t made any decision and, like everybody, I am awaiting Lippi’s call. If it doesn’t arrive, then I’ll have to give things some serious consideration.

“If I am rubbish, then it’s only right that I am not called. But if I do well this season…”

“Effectively I’m not sure if I could even manage to wear the Ghana shirt, which is why it’s something I must consider very carefully.

“There is pride at stake too, as Italy is my country and it would be tough to change. I am a bit pessimistic by nature, but at the end of the day I’m convinced it will all be for the best.”

“I am focused on the Champions League, but also to have a year like the last where we won a great deal. This Inter can beat everyone, even Real Madrid.”

When asked if he could be among the Galacticos at the Bernabeu, the teenager’s response was unusual.

“No, I won’t leave Inter. Besides, I don’t even like Real.”