Mario Balotelli looks unlikely to agree a ‘sensational’ move to Barnsley despite holding talks with the Championship side, according to a report.
Balotelli is a free agent after Italian side Brescia terminated his contract in June after he missed training sessions.
However, the newspaper adds that there was potential for a stunning return to England. Indeed, Balotelli’s agent held talks with Barnsley chairmen Chien Lee and Paul Conway ‘recently’.
But while both sides showed early interest in a deal, that enthusiasm has now faded away, with Balotelli now considering other options.
What’s more, Barnsley reportedly felt the Italian could have boosted their chances of staying in the English second tier. The South Yorkshire side sit 16th, seven points above the relegation zone.
As for where Balotelli could move to next, Franciacorta looks a feasible option for now. However, The Sun adds that his next steps largely remain unclear.
Balotelli began his senior career with Inter before making a name for himself with a move to Manchester City.
While there, he shrouded himself in controversy but, at the same time, came up with several crucial contributions for his team. Indeed, he supplied Sergio Aguero to help City win the Premier League in 2012.
Furthermore, after scoring in a 6-1 rout of Manchester United, he showed off his infamous ‘Why Always Me?’ t-shirt.
And despite a return to Italy in 2013, he was back in the Premier League with Liverpool in 2014. The Reds, who had lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona, looked to Balotelli as a quick fix.
However, he could not rediscover his explosive City form and left Anfield for Milan on loan a year later, making the move permanent again in 2016.
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Meanwhile, a report has claimed to reveal the contract offer Liverpool have sent to Georginio Wijnaldum.
The 29-year-old is in the final year of his contract and has proved a vital part of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.
However, amid reported interest from Barcelona the Reds are supposedly looking to keep him at Anfield.