Balotelli set for Man City exit?
Three of Italy’s biggest clubs are in the hunt for Manchester City star Mario Balotelli, reports Tribal Football.
Gazetto dello Sport reports that Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan are all considering moves to bring the striker back to his adopted homeland. Balotelli has been a success in Manchester, although arguably not as successful as he should have been; he has bagged 20 goals in 51 games, and impressive ratio, but it has been marred by a slightly less impressive off – pitch performance.
In addition to the sometimes fictitious and always glorious tales of his escapades that frequent the sports pages in the British press, Balotelli has had some serious disciplinary issues. He has been caught smoking on numerous occasions and has also broken club curfew, issues taken seriously by a man he “hugely respects”, his manager Roberto Mancini. Mancini is reportedly losing patience with the man once dubbed a “child prodigy” because of his antics, and as such could be looking to offload him – but Balotelli’s ability as a footballer is undoubted.
Manchester city signed the Ghanaian born goal getter in 2010 for €22 million, but his value has undoubtedly risen since then, prompting his equally flamboyant agent Mino Raiola to claim that:
“Balotelli costs as much as the Mona Lisa, there are no teams in Italy who could afford him.”
Whilst this is definitely an exaggeration, Balotelli is certainly hot property, and as such would not be cheap should an Italian side come in for him; his contract runs until 2015, and as such would probably cost somewhere in the region of £30 million.
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