In a move that would probably break the internet, Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has reportedly been offered to Manchester United.
The offer has nothing to do with either club, and is in fact the idea of Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
One does not need to be a rocket scientist, or even a fully-functioning human being, to know that this deal would never in a million happen, nonetheless it would not be beyond Raiola to at least broach the idea.
The troubled 26-year-old will be leaving Liverpool in the coming days as manager Jurgen Klopp has made it abundantly clear that he has no future at Anfield, and while a number of midtable-to-lower Serie A sides have taken an interest in him, both Balotelli and Raiola clearly see his place as being at a much higher level.
Raiola has built up a strong connection with Manchester United this summer, with three of his clients (Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba) all making the move to Old Trafford, but this might be a step too far even for the “super-agent.”
Raiola’s rationale, as per the report, for wanting Balotelli to join Man United is that he believes José Mourinho to be the perfect coach to coax the best form out of him. He also thinks that Zlatan would be a great mentor for him, despite the fact that it did not do much for his development whilst they were all together (including Mourinho) at Inter at the end of the last decade.
Mourinho reportedly met Balotelli informally earlier this month, but at no point did he offer him a place in his Man United squad and merely advised him on his future in general.
Discounting the fact that Balotelli now plays for hated rivals Liverpool, and has previously played for other hated rivals Manchester City, neither Man United nor Mourinho has a need for a misfiring striker that would need countless hours of time and effort to get to a place physically and mentally where he is able to perform, assuming he is even able to get to that point anymore.
This one isn’t happening, regardless of how much Raiola might want it to.