Mario Balotelli is no stranger to moving clubs, having done it on several occasions in his career, is set to move on from Nice and join another Ligue 1 club in January.
It often feels like Mario Balotelli has had more transfers than he’s actually had. The Italian striker has only actually had six clubs, playing for AC Milan twice, and that includes Lumezzane, where he was as a 16 year old.
It’s partially because Balotelli has been in the headlines so often that you can only assume some of those times have been for transfers but more likely it’s because it seems he’s so often lost and at odds with the club he’s playing for.
There’s been very few moments of the Italian’s career when he isn’t at very least annoyed at his current team and at worst at war with them.
For two years in a row things were pretty good for Balotelli at Nice, although he still managed to get sent off and have the odd bit of controversy, as he scored 43 goals in 66 appearances.
In the summer he looked certain to move to Marseille and was late back for training as he tried to force a move but the move ended up falling through.
Balotelli looks set to leave Nice. Image: PA Images
The 28 year old has fallen out with some of his teammates and manager Patrick Vieira at Nice and with only six months left of his contract the club look set to release him on a free.
The former Manchester City striker hasn’t played for his club since December 4th and is set to earn €2 million until the end of the season with the other southern France side.
Balotelli time at Liverpool didn’t go well at all. Image: PA Images
Despite a good start to life at Nice this season things have gone badly wrong. As well as the fallings out he has failed to score in 10 games.
Things have been much better generally this time for the former AC Milan forward but it’s finishing in typical fashion.