Mario Balotelli’s disastrous time at Liverpool looks set to be coming to an end as he has been granted permission by the club to speak with Ligue 1 side Nice.
Since his £16 million move to Anfield in 2014, the 26-year-old has failed to settle or secure a place in either Brendan Rodgers’ or Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.
A loan spell with AC Milan last season failed to materialise into a permanent move and the controversial Italian returned to Liverpool during the summer.
Out of form and out of favour, it appeared as if the reserves beckoned for the once prolific goal scorer.
Now however, according to the Liverpool Echo, a glimmer of hope has appeared as French Ligue 1 side Nice have expressed an interest in the surplus to requirements, Balotelli.
Liverpool gave permission for the Italian to travel for talks and it appears that if a fee can be agreed, the deal should be completed swiftly.
According to Nice manager Lucien Favre, there is a place for Balotelli, provided he is willing to contribute to the side.
“I don’t know him personally, but if he runs and wants to help the youngsters, then why not?”
“If he doesn’t want to run, then there’s no way he’ll come here.”
With it becoming increasingly clear that the road has run out for Balotelli in the Premier League, you might imagine that if he is smart, he will run, all the way to the south of France.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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