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Mario Balotelli close to joining European giants for free after prosperous spell with Nice

Juventus has a good relationship with the maverick Italian's agent, Mino Raiola

Mario Balotelli may yet be the world-class forward many thought he would become.

The maverick Italian is close to sealing a move to Juventus on a free transfer in the summer.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed his time with Nice since joining the Ligue 1 club in 2016, scoring 27 goals in 38 league games.

Mario Balotelli has been impressive this season, with 17 goals for Nice

His celebrations remain the same

Free transfer specialists Juventus are looking to repeat their favourite trick by landing Balotelli and Emre Can for the grand total of bugger all.

The Sun are reporting that the Old Lady’s relationship with Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola is said to be key to the deal.

A five-year contract has already been drawn up, with a handsome signing-on bonus awaiting the striker.

He has supposedly been promised a key role in the team and will not have to settle for playing back-up to Gonzalo Higuain.

Mino Raiola's good relationship with Juventus key to Mario Balotelli deal

One of the most powerful men in football

Balotelli would be well received at the club, with Gianluigi Buffon, who could yet extend his playing career beyond the summer, particularly keen on a deal.

The legendary goalkeeper believes a move would also be beneficial to the Italian national side.

The fans may need convincing however.

Balotelli was heralded as the future of Italian football as a teenager but behavioural and motivational issues have hindered his progression.

Mario Balotelli played for AC Milan after he left Manchester City in 2013

Super Mario starred for Milan between 2012 – 2014 but struggled when he returned on loan after a tough time with Liverpool

Mario Balotelli remains a cult hero at Manchester City despite inconsistencies

A classic of the era

Despite all the controversy and his inconsistent form, Balotelli still has the necessary attributes to plunder goals in a top league.

Tall, strong, skilful and capable of emphatic finishes, he could profit from excellent service at Juventus.

Signing Balotelli always comes with risk, but surely one worth taking for free?

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