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Mario Balotelli set for new club after ASSE miss out

Saint-Etienne made an attempt to bring in Mario Balotelli during the transfer window, L’Equipe reports.

Balotelli, 30, is still a free agent after months of rumours linking him to sides across the world.

Most recently, he was said to be close to Genoa, but they instead signed Uzbekistan striker Eldor Shomurodov.

In search of a number 9, Saint-Etienne tried their luck with Balotelli and were willing to pay him a monthly salary of €100,000 plus bonuses.

ASSE made a strong pitch but Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola ‘politely declined’ the offer.

The Italian agent said it was not a financial decision but because Mario’s head ‘wasn’t in football’ at that time.

Saint-Etienne then tried to sign Balotelli’s former AC Milan teammate M’Baye Niang on loan from Rennes, only for that deal to collapse.

“In a few weeks…”

Balotelli’s future could finally be decided in the next few weeks after comments made by the former Man City striker.

During a conversation with his brother Enock, who is currently taking part in Grande Fratello VIP, the Italian version of Big Brother, Balotelli was asked about his future.

He responded: “I still don’t play, in a few weeks I’ll sign, don’t worry.”

Balotelli has been without a club since leaving boyhood side Brescia following their relegation from Serie A.

A turbulent career has seen Balotelli play for the likes of Inter, AC Milan, Manchester City, Liverpool and Marseille.

In 36 caps for Italy, the Palermo-born forward has an impressive return of 14 goals.



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