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Transfer: Balotelli opts for transfer home rather than Brazil

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Mario Balotelli has rejected an offer from Flamengo and is close to sealing a deal to go to Brescia.

According to calciomercato.com, an opportunity to go back to where it all began for Balotelli was too good to turn down.

Balotelli career started in Italy and it appears it will end in Italy.

He has never been one to settle for long anywhere he has played.

He started his career at Lumezzane, and after 1 year left for Inter Milan.

After 3 years at Inter, and disagreements with Jose Mourinho, he made a big-money almost 30 million Euro move to Manchester City.

After 3 years at City, another “bust-up” with his then-manager Roberto Mancini saw him leave for the AC half of Milan.

Again a short 18 months in Milan resulted in anther transfer back to the Premier League and at Liverpool this time.  Who subsequently loaned him back to Milan after things didn’t quite go to plan.

He then made the short trip to France and Nice on a free transfer, and after 2 years there, moved to Marseille where he lasted one year and again became a free agent.

He has a reputation that seems to precede him. But one thing we can be sure about is he can impact a football game.

The 29-year-old has played 377 professional games, scored 156 goals and contributed 34 assists.

He has also represented his native Italy 36 times and scored 14 goals for the Azzurri.

Balotelli has apparently turned down a much more lucrative offer from Brazillian side Flamengo, for the opportunity to play for the town in which he was born.

His contract is rumoured to be worth 1 million Euro’s a year, that can rise to as much as 3 million with bonuses if certain targets are met.

BOLOGNA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Mario Balotelli of Italy looks on during Italy walk around at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on September 6, 2018 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)