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Clash’s song went, “Should I stay or should I go?”
This could be seen as perfect statement for Mario Balotelli’s current state of mind. He is being linked with a return to Italy with AC Milan, the team he supported as a child or league leaders and Scudetto holders Juventus.
There is of course the option of remaining with his current club, Manchester City where he is working with Roberto Mancini, the only coach who seems to understand him – and even then they have still had their issues.
City seem open to sell their charismatic Italian but are looking for £25 million to let him leave.
Less than two weeks ago Milan’s owner Silvio Berlusconi distanced himself from any bids. Stating that the player was a ‘bad apple’, but since then he has apologised and it is now believed his team have now made enquiries about a loan move.
But after that was rejected, it has been reported that the Rosanero have gone back in for the star. But, they are currently way below the mark that the English club will accept.
Juventus is an interesting one, whilst they are league leaders, in the Copa Italia semi-final and still in the Champions League it is hard to see Mario moving to the Turin club.
There was an infamous moment back in 2010 when the Sicilian born player who has Ghanaian parents was playing for Inter against Juventus when the Old Lady’s Ultras starting abusing him.
There was a banner that stated, ‘There are no black Italians’ and the fans sang a song, “If you jump up and down, Balotelli dies”.
These are just two incidents, but there are more where he received abuse making it hard to imagine that he would make that move. Where he has always stated that Milan is a team he would like to play for the club.
For a move to take place, one of the clubs have to up their bids and then the big man has to decide whether he wants to move.
Super Mario has struggled for games and goals in the Premier League, but during last summer he had an excellent Euro 2012 and showed that he can perform at the top level.
It will be interesting to see where he ends up at the end of January, I expect it to be in Manchester but you never know when it comes to Mario!!!
By Scott Balaam