Should Everton consider signing Mario Balotelli on a free transfer?

Manager of Everton Marco Silva looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly between Everton and Valencia at Goodison Park on August 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Despite flopping at Liverpool, Balotelli was linked with shock return to the Premier League with Everton a year ago during a fine run at Ligue 1 side Nice.

Mario Balotelli of Liverpool looks across as Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool as he is substituted during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Besiktas JK and...

Mario Balotelli was always likely to be a roaring success or an unmitigated disaster when Liverpool took a punt on the world’s most unpredictable centre-forward following the departure of Luis Suarez in 2014.

And, with just four goals in 28 games in the famous red kit, it is fair to say Balotelli was more El Hadji Diouf than Fernando Torres.

But that did not stop Everton from considering one of the most eye-catching signings in modern Premier League history. According to Calciomercato, the Toffees were willing to bring Balotelli back to Merseyside year ago.

 

At the time, the madcap Italian was midway though his career-best season in France and he ended the campaign with 26 goals in 38 games for Nice. Ignoring his rather combustible character, and his high-profile failure at Liverpool, Everton’s interest made sense in the post-Lukaku era.

One year on, should reports from L’Equipe that Nice could be set to terminate his contract with immediate effect give Everton a decision to make?

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match Monaco vs Nice on January 16, 2018 at the 'Louis II Stadium' in Monaco.

Richarlison might have thrived since arriving at Goodison Park but he is still more of a floating forward than a natural central striker, and there is certainly room in Marco Silva’s side for a man like Balotelli.

The Italian has failed to score a goal in a season to forget so far, but maybe a change of scenery is all he needs. Silva has got the best out of Richarlison, Bernard, Gylfi Sigurdsson and co at Everton, so maybe Balotelli on a free is a risk worth taking.

Nice's Italian forward Mario Barwuah Balotelli (2nd L) receives a yellow card during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice on December 11, 2016 at the...

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