English Premiership

Wenger snubbed Balotelli - twice

2014-08-25 10:31
Mario Balotelli (File)

Cape Town - Despite halving his initial wage demands, Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to sign Liverpool target Mario Balotelli.

Read: Balotelli won't disrupt Reds

According to Metro, Arsene Wenger twice refused the opportunity to sign Italian striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli is likely to complete his £16 million move to Liverpool early this week after he was seen at the Reds' Melwood training ground on the weekend.

Earlier in the summer reports suggest Arsenal would be the club to bring "Super Mario" back to the English Premiership after Wenger and the player's agent reportedly held talks.

At that point, Balotelli's wage demands ended any chance of a deal. 

Wenger then again rejected the chance to sign the striker even after the player almost halved his wage demands.

Balotelli scored 30 goals in 54 games for AC Milan since leaving Manchester City.

Did you read: Sturridge is still Brendan's main man


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 16 December 2017
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 18:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.