Mourinho hints at move for Balotelli – Chelsea’s striking solution?

The Blues boss has admitted that he would like to work with the Italy international again – but can he control the tempestuous forward?

It is widely acknowledged that Chelsea are in the market for a big-name striker that can net them 20 goals a season.

Current forwards Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have failed to consistently deliver, with the Blues linked with a big-money move for an established forward this summer.

Jose Mourinho has recently admitted that Mario Balotelli is a player that he would like to work with again, hinting that a summer move for the AC Milan attacker could well be on the cards.

"In football you never know the future," Mourinho told Yahoo, reported by Sky Sports.

"Balotelli is with a big club at the moment but you never know the future.

"They want to keep the best players and want to keep the best Italian players. But Mario has already been in English football before.

"I'm not going to be manager of Milan or the Italy national team, but he's a good kid and somebody I'd like to work with again."

Mourinho worked with Balotelli at Inter and as such will know the striker’s good points and bad well.

During the Italy international’s time with Manchester City he was embroiled in constant controversy, with question marks over his attitude and discipline.

It is evident that Balotelli’s character needs a big manager that has his respect to tame his wild ways – and Mourinho could well be the man to get the best out of the flawed genius.

Balotelli certainly has all the assets to fit the bill in Chelsea’s search for a centre forward. The Milan attacker has the presence, physique and ability to play as a lone number nine and has shown consistently that he has an eye for goal when given the chance.

With rumblings that the forward could well be unsettled in Milan and the Rossoneri seemingly facing a battle to balance the books, there is every chance that Balotelli could be sold if an inviting offer is put on the table.

However, with other centre forwards such as Diego Costa also in the Blues’ sights, it remains to be seen whether Mad Mario will be heading back to England.

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