REPORT: Mario Balotelli Set to Join Italian Side Monza

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli is set to sign for Serie B club Monza, according to Italian journalist and reporter Fabrizio Romano.

Rumours linking the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker with Brazilian outfit Vasco da Gama are seemingly wide of the mark, with the 30-year-old instead opting to remain in his native Italy.

Mario Balotelli Set to Sign For Monza in Serie B

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On the face of it, Balotelli is not making the lucrative move to a new club that many had touted him to do as a free agent. Monza currently sit ninth in the Italian second division after the opening nine fixtures of the 2020/21 season.

However, this move is certainly not without its fair share of fanfare. Monza are owned by Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister who is also a media tycoon. Additionally, the club recently completed the signing of eccentric attacking-midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who arrived on a one-year contract having left fellow Italian club Fiorentina.

This means Balotelli’s latest move will be met with a series of intriguing subplots, and fans and journalists alike will watch on with interest as the Italy international seeks to revive his career in Serie B.

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Balotelli’s impending transfer to Monza appears to have poured cold water on a series of sensational reports linking the striker with a return to English football.

Last month, talk of Balotelli joining Championship club Barnsley was flatly rejected by Micah Richards, a former team-mate who remains good friends with the striker.

Speaking as a pundit for the BBC, Richards described Balotelli as “too good” to be playing in the second division of English football. This means the Italian will surely have no excuses for failure in Italy’s second tier.

Balotelli is fast-running out of chances to turn his undisputed ability into a worthwhile investment for clubs around Europe. This move to Monza might be his last opportunity to resurrect his career.

 

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