Arsène Wenger has denied reports that Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal for the Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

The former Manchester City forward has been repeatedly linked with a summer move to London from Milan, but speaking on beIN Sport, Wenger called the story “pure invention”.

He said: “We cannot believe absolutely everything that is on the internet or in the papers. Sometimes it is created by agents or by press who need news. But in this case, it’s not true.”