Following a report from The Sun, it appears Mario Balotelli may have finally worn out his welcome at Manchester City. Following reports of him at a nightclub 12 hours before the City match against Tottenham Hotspur, City boss Roberto Mancini benched Balo during the game.
Staying out that late just hours before a match?
One could theorize that Balo wants out of Manchester. His agent Mino Raiola says that isn't so, but at this point Balo's thoughts on the matter may no longer be relevant. City seem to be fed up with his continued bad antics and ready to reinvest their money elsewhere. Further down in The Sun's report, it says Mancini has already met with Columbian striker Falcao's agent Jorge Mendes.
All things considered, it would seem the writing is on the wall.
If City is indeed fed up as reports seem to indicate, they'll surely move Balo to the highest paying Italian side.
So now the question is no longer if Balotelli will be moved or when, but rather, where? Is Balotelli destined to return to the Nerazzurri? Or will Juventus or struggling AC Milan make a move?
Other rumors surrounding Balo's future are fueled by Mancini's well known desire to sign Roma's captain Daniele De Rossi. It's hard to believe that Rome's native son would leave his captaincy at Roma, but the allure of the Premier League's big stage may be too much to resist for De Rossi. If Mancini does lure De Rossi, would Roma in turn attempt to sign Balotelli as a consolation? It's hard to say and may be too early to tell.
After turning down PSG's offer for Balo during the last transfer window, it seems all but a certainty that Mancini, regardless of his ability to lure De Rossi or anyone else, will be more than willing to part ways with Balotelli in January, whatever the offer.
But the question remains: Which club will nab Balotelli this January?
I leave that to you dear readers.