Words by Alfie Green
Mario Balotelli looks almost certain to be sold report The Daily Mirror, but who really wants to buy?
Though it’s hard to ever be sure in football, the recent brawl between Balotelli and his manager Roberto Mancini is a fair indicator that all is not well in The Citizens’ camp.
In fact copious reports are flowing in indicating that Manchester City would except offers of £25million for their Italian loose cannon. This pales in comparison to the monolith £60m valuing of this window’s other big toy in the shop – Tottenham’s Gareth Bale- for Real Madrid to drool over. At only a million more than the fee signed for in 2010 from Inter Milan at the trim age of 20, this asking price has been likened by many as a gift for arguably the brightest player of Euro 2012 and joint top scorer.
However, the sparky “Super Mario” that ground Germany into the earth in July is also the same man that let a firework out of his window after promoting a bonfire safety campaign the night before, and the same player that has considerably undershot his obvious potential in club competitions with a mere 13 goals to his name in 2012. There is no doubt he has the talent, but can he be trained?
On this, prospective trainers have little to go on when getting into the Bull’s cannon-balling head. So far Mario Balotelli has given only one English interview and guards a mysterious past about his earlier life in Italy as an adopted son of a couple in Palermo. Speculation of those interested is currently pointing back to a return to Italy, maybe even back to Inter, ancient giants A.C. Milan or the up and coming Napoli, according to ESPN and The Independent.
He certainly has the talent, but can it be trained? Or will Balotelli remain the maddened bull forever, flashing brilliance as he chases the red flag of his temper and ego? Either way, expect a scandalously exciting finale to the transfer window- with Balotelli being the exact type of player to leave contract negotiations, and the eyes of the world, begging to the last second.
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