Betting: Will Balotelli be the next high-profile addition to Arsenal's ranks?

With Alexis Sanchez having swapped Spain for England and the Emirates, Arsene Wenger is tipped to keep on spending and could yet move for the AC Milan star

Having already signed Alexis Sanchez to great fanfare and with Sami Khedira a target, Arsenal appear finally to be foregoing promising young talent in favour of established stars.
This shift in transfer policy has created great excitement among Gunners fans, who will soon be feeling even more optimistic should rumours surrounding Mario Balotelli’s imminent arrival prove correct.

Despite scoring 18 goals, the mercurial striker endured a disappointing season with AC Milan, who now appear ready to sell their prized asset in order to raise funds for a much-needed rebuild.

With Balotelli recently pictured posing alongside an Arsenal club crest while on holiday, Paddy Power have now cut the odds to 4/9 (1.44) on him becoming Arsene Wenger’s next marquee signing.

While the Rossoneri deny rumours of an agreement with the London club, there is unlikely to be a shortage of other takers for the talented 23-year-old should such a move not go through.

In need of a new high-profile signing in order to make up for the imminent departure of Real Madrid-bound James Rodriguez, Monaco are on offer at 4/1 (5.00) to flex their considerable financial muscle for the Italy international.

Similarly, Liverpool have money to spend in order to replace Luis Suarez, and are available at 6/1 (7.00) to bring the former Manchester City man back to the Premier League.

Having recruited heavily from Serie A recently, Paris Saint-Germain are priced at 10/1 (11.00) to team Balotelli up with fellow former Milan players Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Meanwhile, ex-Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli is on offer at 10/1 (11.00) to bring Balotelli with him to Istanbul and new club Galatasaray, while those same odds are also available on an reunion occurring in London with former Inter boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

Although Manchester United look set to spend big under new boss Louis Van Gaal, odds of 14/1 (15.00) represent a long shot on them persuading a former Etihad hero to change colours, while Real Madrid 14/1 (15.00) also appear unlikely suitors as they focus their attention elsewhere in the market.

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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