Mario Balotelli to Barnsley? Truth behind move for ex-Man City and Liverpool striker

Barnsley have enquired about the possibility of signing former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

The Italian is a free agent after having his contract with Serie A side Brescia terminated for repeatedly missing training.

It leaves him in the market for a new club and discussions have been held with the Tykes.

Barnsley co-chairman Chien Lee and Paul Conway and talked with Balotelli’s representatives but no progress has yet been made.

The Championship side are in the market for a front man and have ambitiously put the 30-year-old on their shortlist.

Mario Balotelli is looking for a new club

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Last month reports all suggested that Watford were interested in Balotelli, who is currently training with Serie D side Franciacorta to maintain his fitness.

The former Inter Milan man was last seen in England when playing for Liverpool.

He was signed by former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers but failed to impress at Anfield and scored just four times in 28 games.

Prior to that he spent three years at Man City where he won the Premier League and the FA Cup.

Mario Balotelli "Why always me? T-Shirt"
The striker often attracted the limelight during his time in England

Balotelli scored 30 times in 80 games during his time at the Etihad.

But he will perhaps be remembered for scoring twice at Old Trafford in a 6-1 win where he famously revealed the “why always me” t-shirt.

The striker begun to rebuild his career in France after leaving Ac Milan in 2016, first with Nice and then Marseille.

He scored 43 times in 76 outings as Nice begun to challenge the establish order before forcing through a switch to the French giants.

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