31 Aug 2016

Medical Today: Liverpool finally close to sealing deadline-day deal for 'incredible' €20m attacker

Finally! The Mario Balotelli saga is drawing to a close, with new reports today suggesting that the beleaguered striker will finally leave the club on transfer deadline day.

According to Sky Sports journalist Alan Irwin today:

“Mario Balotelli's nightmare period at Liverpool will probably come to an end today. He spent most of yesterday [in] France to conclude a deal with Nice. He’ll be off the wage bill by 11 o’clock tonight".

The Daily Mail further claims:

"Mario Balotelli is having his medical with Nice ahead of his move from Liverpool".

Balotelli is persona non grata at Liverpool, but he remains in demand amongst smaller European clubs , and in recent months, the President, owner, or manager of the following clubs has publicly confirmed interest in signing the Italian:

* Chievo, Nice, Sassuolo, Palermo, Besiktas, Crotone, Bologna, FC Sion, Sampdoria

Nice appear to have won the race, but even if a loan goes through, Liverpool will have to subsidise Balotelli's wages, though that's preferable to paying him the full £90k-a-week for sitting on the sidelines.

Can Balotelli resurrect his career in France, or will history repeat itself?

* Jul 2016: Described as an 'incredible talent' by Crotone president Raffaele Vrenna. Cost Liverpool €20m


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