Parma confirm interest in free agent Mario Balotelli

Sporting director Daniele Faggiano confirmed Parma’s interest in signing Mario Balotelli, who will be out of contract at Marseille this summer.

On Sunday, Balotelli’s six-month deal with Marseille will officially end and he will be free to join any club he wishes without any intervention.

Following a difficult start to last season at OGC Nice, Balotelli enjoyed a welcome return to form at Marseille upon completing a free transfer in January. He finished his time at the Orange Vélodrome with eight goals in just 15 Ligue 1 games.

Now, the 28-year-old striker re-enters the market in search of a new club and appears keen on a return to his native Italy.

Despite a player with a market value of €20m being available for free this summer, however, Balotelli has struggled to attract top clubs.

So far, Italian media have claimed only Fiorentina are weighing up the possibility of signing the Champions League winner.

But now Parma have thrown their name into the ring as they look to bolster their attacking options after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Serie A last season by a mere three points.

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Although the Crociati are expecting stiff competition for Balotelli’s services.

“Balotelli is someone we like, and so do many other teams,” Faggiano told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“We’re looking at a lot of strikers, but it’s not easy.”

Meanwhile, former AS Roma captain Daniele De Rossi is also on the lookout for a new club this summer.

The Italian midfielder revealed in May that he’s been forced out of the Stadio Olimpico against his own will.

But Faggiano has ruled out the prospect of Parma signing the 2006 World Cup winner as his wages simply makes it impossible for them.

“It’s true, we did think about De Rossi, but we just couldn’t afford him,” he added.

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 29: Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma looks on during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on November 29, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY – NOVEMBER 29: Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma looks on during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on November 29, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

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