Mario Balotelli looks set to be on the move once again, with media sources suggesting that the forward is attracting interest from two giants of Major League Soccer.
Less than a year after signing for his hometown club Brescia, Balotelli, whose nomadic career has seen him play for five clubs in five years, faces another contentious departure after reportedly skipping at least ten days of training since the turn of the year.
Brescia’s President Massimo Cellino recently admitted, as per Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, that ‘hiring him [Balotelli] was a mistake’ – leaving the future of the Italian hanging in the balance.
Balotelli’s contract is due to expire at the end of the month – and with Brescia rooted at the foot of the Serie A standings, ties with Balotelli could easily be cut. It is believed that the deal that brought the forward back to the north of Italy enables him to leave on a free if the team is relegated back to Serie B.
Links to MLS
The Daily Mail link the former Manchester City ace to Toronto FC, whilst Tuttomercato claim that the LA Galaxy have made contact with Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola. It is believed that the Balotelli camp are eager to secure a move to a league with a calendar year season – such as MLS – and resume playing as soon as possible.
Following contentious negotiations, the league announced this week that it is scheduled to resume play in the form of an Orlando-based tournament, starting July. Consequently, MLS are in an ideal position to offer the man dubbed ‘Super-Mario’ the opportunity to find his latest new home – with the Galaxy seemingly a better scenario than Toronto.
Despite already having the maximum number of Designated Players (DPs) in Jonathan dos Santos, Cristian Pavon, and Javier Hernandez, the Californian club are one of a few MLS organizations that could, at this stage of the season, be able to find a way to finance the potential signing of Balotelli.
Under more usual circumstances, the 29-year-old goal-getter would almost-certainly demand a DP contract on any potential MLS roster. However, with the Galaxy recently releasing Aleksander Katai from his close to $1,300,000 deal (Sportekz) following controversy surrounding his wife’s social media activity, plus any maneuver with General Allocation Money, it may not be beyond the realm of possibility that Balotelli’s base salary of one million Euros (Corriere delle Sera) – approximately $1,300,000 – may be met.
If the reported call from America’s west coast to Balotelli develops into anything further, then MLS would certainly be gaining a character to fill the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 2019 departure.