Mario Balotelli must be one of the most controversial players in Europe. Even though the former Manchester City and AC Milan star striker seems to have settled down after joining Nice two years ago, he is set to leave the Ligue 1 side and wants to play in a more competitive environment next season.
There have been several suitors for Balotelli over the past few months, as the former Italy international has been at good form with Nice over the past two years. He shook off this reputation as a problematic player and has once again looked like a prolific player thanks to his 18 goals in the current term.
His agent, Mino Raiola, has been desperate to find a new club for him, and the market has been heating up of late. Both Napoli and Juventus have emerged as potential alternatives, but Fiorentina are the latest side to join negotiations for the 27-year-old, who should be about to enter his prime years as a mature, composed player. Quite different from that one that failed to handle stardom at City.
Fiorentina are not ready to pay him anywhere close to the €5 million yearly wages he used to get at Nice, and they could offer roughly half of that amount. However, they could present Balotelli the chance to gain a regular first-team berth and proximity with the national team, as Balotelli has a decent chance to return to Gli Azzurri now that Roberto Mancini will be the manager.
‘Super Mario’ needs to make a decision. But the fact that the market is heating up for him could only mean good things going forward.