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Barnsley are said to hold an interest in signing former Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli according to The Sun.
Balotelli is currently a free-agent having left Italian side Brescia in the summer, after missing a number of training sessions with the club during the 2019/20 season.
The 30-year-old made a name for himself with Manchester City both on and off-the-pitch, where he scored 30 goals in 80 appearances for the Premier League side, where he also won the Premier League title in the 2011/12 campaign.
It is believed that Barnsley held talks with Balotelli’s agent over a potential move to Oakwell for the forward, although it is now claimed that the striker’s interest in dropping down to the Championship has cooled recently.
But would Balotelli be a good addition to the Barnsley squad this season if the club were able to reach an agreement to sign him?
It’s one of the most bonkers transfer rumours in recent years, that’s for sure!
While Mario Balotelli is a free agent I just can’t see this deal coming to fruition.
Financially, the striker will be way out of reach for the Tykes who, like many others, are struggling for funds this term. Even if they could afford him, you don’t want a figure coming in and potentially unsettling the squad.
While he would undoubtedly bring quality, I believe that he brings far more negatives than positives and so this is one to swerve, in my opinion.
This might just be the wildest EFL transfer link I’ve ever seen.
If Barnsley can sign him and if they can get him firing, this would be a fantastic signing.
The issue the Tykes face is that those are two huge ifs. It’s hard to see him joining a Championship side, if I’m honest, particularly one not fancied for promotion.
That said, I think there may be some truth in this. There are links between Balotelli and the Barnsley owners from his time at Nice.
You never know but as much as I hope this happens, it seems very unlikely.
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I can’t see this happening.
Admittedly, Balotelli does remain a big name in football who carries plenty of interest wherever he goes, so this would have been something of a statement from Barnsley.
However, his recent exploits do not seem to have been quite as successful as earlier in his career, so you wonder whether he would actually make the desired and required impact at Oakwell.
It is also worth noting that, even as a free agent, Balotelli is likely to carry some significant wage demands, meaning this would probably not be cheap, making it a risk in the current financial climate.