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Mario Balotelli: Could Juventus Hijack a Move to AC Milan?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Mario Balotelli of Manchester City looks on from the bench during the Barlcays Premier League match between Manchester City and Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on January 19, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Adrian AgiusAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2013

Manchester City forward and Italian international Mario Balotelli is currently—according to Goal.com—on his way to Italy to undergo a medical with a Serie A club.

AC Milan, right? 

Reports would suggest so—and if not AC Milan, most likely Inter Milan. Truth be told, he should be playing at the San Siro next for the remainder of the season...should be.

With much attention surrounding Juventus' recent signing of Fernando Llorenete and Nicolas Anelka, the Bianconeri have seemingly been ruled out of snaring Balotelli's signature before the conclusion of the transfer window. While a move to Turin seems very unlikely—especially considering the past bad blood between Balotelli and the Old Lad—all hope shouldn't be lost just yet.


Well, reports just last month in La Gazzetta dello Sport revealed that the Italian league leaders had been keeping tabs on the progress of Balotelli. Furthermore, Juventus' good relationship with Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola supposedly holds them in good stead to sign the 22-year-old.

There is no doubt that the signing of Balotelli would bring tremendous talent to the Juventus forward line, but it is Balotelli's off-the-field actions which will most likely deter a Juve offer. With Antonio Conte instilling an impressive disciplinary reputation in the Juventus squad, it would take a reformed Super Mario to settle in comfortably...let's not forget how Paul Pogba was dropped for turning up to training late.

Unconfirmed reports of a Juventus loan deal for Balotelli being rejected have been doing the rounds of late, suggesting some last-minute interest in the Manchester City man, but nothing yet has come to fruition.

If Balotelli were to join Juventus, there would be the potential for the Italian national side's strike partnership of Balotelli and Sebastian Giovinco to develop a lasting partnership. Tie that in with one of the strongest defences and midfields in the world, and Juve could very well go a long way to winning some major titles in the next few years.

The next 24 hours will tell all. My bets, however, are on a move to Milan.

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