At the end of a very prolific season in Turkey, Mario Balotelli hoped to return to a big club this summer. He finally signed in Switzerland. While the Italian striker would have been offered to Nice and … OM. More
Balotelli has recovered in Turkey
After experiencing the second division of a major European Championship for the first time in his long career, with Monza, Mario Balotelli finally tried his luck in Turkey last summer. He took it well since, under the colors of Demirspor, the Italian international striker hardly missed a match. He completed the past year with 18 goals, including a quintuple on the last day, just that. Performances that could have allowed him to find a prestigious club during this summer transfer window. It was finally at FC Sion, in Switzerland, that “Super Mario” settled down on August 31st. If the salary is comfortable (nearly 4 million euros annually), the sporting challenge could have been of another dimension.
Super Mario proposed to OM and Nice
According to our colleagues from Foot Mercato, Mario Balotelli would have considered returning to Ligue 1 this summer. Thus, Olympique de Marseille as well as OGC Nice, two clubs through which he passed, would have been probed by the representatives of the Italian in order to consider a comeback. The Aiglons were in search of an offensive reinforcement since they recruited Nicolas Pépé and Gaëtan Laborde during the last hours of this summer transfer window. But at first sight, the profile of Balotelli did not please coach Lucien Favre.
OM are still waiting to sell Bamba Dieng to Nice. But Cédric Bakambu has, for his part, still not packed his bags. Obviously, coach Igor Tudor and the Marseille leaders did not seem more excited than that at the idea of recruiting a player who scored 8 goals in 15 appearances with the Bouches-du-Rhône club between January and June 2019. Party postponed?