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Mario Balotelli In Talks To Join Italian Third Division Team Como

By Our Reporter

Mario Balotelli is in talks to join Italian third division side, Como. The Italian is set to be released by his current club Brescia after a torrid 12 months in which he fell out with owner Massimo Cellino.

Balotelli, the former Liverpool and Manchester City star has had a downward spiral of a career recently.

Joining Brescia last summer on a three-year deal, the Italian is set to be released after poor performances and a public fall-out with owner Massimo Cellino.

Now with Balotelli set to become a free agent, ambitious Serie C club Como have moved quickly to try and sign the striker.

Como chief executive Michael Gandler told Football Italia; “There’s been some contact between the two parties…His representatives sat down to listen to us. I can’t say any more than that.”

Como’s new owner Robert Budi Hartono is believed to have an estimated fortune of around £14 billion. He has lofty ambitions to take the club into the top-flight and feels Balotelli is the man to fire them there.

Even though Balotelli would join the club on a free transfer, it is assumed his wages will be quite high.

Brescia desperately wants Balotelli off their team after Cellino said it was a mistake to sign the Italian.

Both Brescia and Balotelli are currently in a legal battle over the termination of his contract. A clause in the Italian’s contract allows Brescia to terminate the contract after his first season.

Cellino said back in May: “He no longer has his head with us and I am taking his departure for granted…It’s not necessarily different to what he’s always done in his career – he’s just a bit anarchic.”

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