TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Rumor
Mario Balotelli is one of the world's best-known forwards, and has the time come for him to move to MLS?
It's certainly possible, with Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport reporting this week that Balotelli's stint at hometown club Brescia isn't going well and he is interested in moving on, perhaps as soon as January.
While Balotelli is being linked to a move to Turkish giant Galatasaray, the report relayed by Football Italia indicates Balotelli "could be tempted" by an MLS offer.
The Italian, now 29, remains one of the most mercurial players in global soccer. Playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world – Inter, Milan, Manchester City, Liverpool – Balotelli has bounced around, also featuring at French outfits Nice, where he played for a time under former NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira, and Marseille. His current club, Brescia, has not been a successful destination, with Balotelli struggling for form and dealing with racist abuse in a game earlier this month.
But amid the turbulence, Balotelli has had patches of form, and his profile could prove tempting to an MLS club.