Balotelli linked with Arsenal
Balotelli: Set for Premier League return?
The 23-year-old only recently made a return to Italy following a turbulent three-year spell at Manchester City, where he struggled to hold down a regular starting berth amidst a series of well-publicised disciplinary issues.
Balotelli has gone some way towards rediscovering the form that earned him a move to the Citizens in the first place, scoring 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances in the second half of the 2012/13 campaign.
And this season he has picked up where he left off, bagging ten goals in 18 appearances, although it is claimed he agitated for a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window.
If the rumours of Balotelli's transfer request are to be believed, then it is no surprise that Arsenal have been linked with a move for the talented frontman.
The Gunners are currently relying on Frenchman Olivier Giroud to provide the goals, with the much-maligned Nicklas Bendtner and French youngster Yaya Sanogo the only other recognised strikers at the Emirates.
Another factor that has added fuel to the fire is the fact that Arsenal recently agreed a massive sponsorship deal with Puma, who count Balotelli amongst their stable of sponsored footballers.
The German sportswear giants are reportedly willing to subsidise part of the transfer fee to ensure the Italy international returns to the Premier League.