Mario Balotelli Looks To Be Manchester Bound

Apr. 03, 2010 - Milan, Italy - epa02102904 Inter Milan's Mario Balotelli in action against Bologna during the serie A soccer match at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan on 03 April 2010.

Inter Milan bad boy Mario Balotelli is happy to be rumoured with a move to Manchester, after interest from both Man United and Man City. The 19 year old is one of Italy’s hottest prospects, but after disciplinary troubles at the Serie A champions, Balotelli is being shown the exit door.

Balotelli’s agent has said that both City and United have expressed an interest in his client and he was happy that Sir Alex Ferguson has considered him as a potential signing.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini coached Balotelli, when Mancini was manager of Inter. “He’s a really great coach. I debuted in Serie A with him, because he is a great friend”, Balotelli said. Mancini may have a chance at capturing the Italian, because Balotelli knows the City boss’ coaching methods and the way Mancini works. Balotelli would also have the chance to play upfront with Edin Dzeko, if the Bosnian’s rumoured deal with Man City is confirmed. Dzeko is keen to move to Eastlands and Balotelli would love to play alongside the Wolfsburg star.

Sir Alex Ferguson is also in the race and you cannot rule out Ferguson in the transfer market. He plucked Roy Keane out of the hands of Blackburn Rovers in 1992 and might just do the same to his Manchester rivals with the Palermo-born striker. Balotelli has tons of praise for the Manchester United manager, saying “If Ferguson wants me, it means I’m not as bad as I thought”. Balotelli also said that he thought United were “a great club and they have not seen the real Balotelli. I need to learn and acheive more goals”.

Whoever gets Balotelli will have to put up with his troublesome habits and his ego. Balotelli has been quoted as saying he wants to win the Ballon D’Or in 2011, so he has no lack of confidence. There’s no doubt that he has the talent, but it is whether he can produce the goods in English football or whether he will flounder, like so many before him. Whichever club he goes to, they are getting a potential star, there’s no question about that.


10 thoughts on “Mario Balotelli Looks To Be Manchester Bound”

  1. Whichever team gets Balotelli is getting a true talent. He had trouble last season in Serie A due to a myriad of factors, and a change of location is just the thing he needs to shine. As an Arsenal fan who watches Serie A, I don't look forward to facing him at least twice a season.

  2. Correct. He had troubles, but you cannot deny his talent. His free kick in the Champions League against Rubin Kazan was a worldie and he will perform brilliantly. I believe Ferguson will be able to calm his temperament and his bad boy image better than Mancini, as Ferguson has a better track record of handling temperamental players and making them stars.

  3. I think Balotelli has the potential to be the next Drogba - really a complete striker and top-class. That said, Man CIty? Tevez, Adebayor, Dzeko and Balotelli? There's an embarrassment of riches, and then there's something else. Unless Mancini wants to play a 4-2-4, perhaps he should concentrate on the eight playing behind the forwards.

  4. What on Earth would City do with a roster that potentially include Santa Cruz, Tevez, Bellamy, Robinho, Adebayor, Dzeko and Balotelli? The idea of Balotelli and Dzeko is nice but what about that flop of a player Tevez? They have a lot of shifting around to make these ideas work.

  5. He's not coming to United.

    NO Chance.

    That's a play by Mario's agent to get the price tag higher.

  6. It's the inherant racism in Italian football that has lead to be being branded "hot-headed" and "having troubles". The disgraceful nature of the "No Nigger Can Be An Italian" posters at many games he played in was sickening in this day and age. The fact that Italian football fans would not want to see one of their finest young talents play in the Azzuri shirt is the most awe-dropping. If in the future he gains many caps, scores many goals and even lifts a cup or two, will they still feel the same way?

    Now I don't want to sound all big-headed about English football, but this league is perfect for him. A league where he can showcase his many great talents without being discriminated agianst and abused. We may feel our F.A is corrupt but they would never fine Balotelli for inciting crowd trouble when the fans wanted to kick his head in for being black. Thats almost on par with the banning of Togo from African Nations Cups.

  7. Balotelli looks like he would be a great wide player in English football. I'm not sure how good he is at crossing the ball into the box though. There is no doubt that he has the pace to split open a defense.

  8. to be considered by both manchesters coach is a good things coming balotellis way but, he should take into consideration the current squard of both team before making a choice. man. city to me parade the most formidable attacking force in the EPL at the moment which to me it will be very difficult breaking into. but in Man United he can easily find his way into the starting line 11 considering the status of Mike Owen and D. Berbatov.


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