Mario Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, has opened the door to a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, revealing the transfer could happen.
AC Milan forward Balotelli is currently making headlines for a reported car crash in which he apparently emerged unscathed, per Richard Beech of the Daily Mirror, but it is his footballing future that attracts the most interest.
Reported by ClubCall, Raiola said:
Mourinho and Balotelli at Chelsea? They left on good terms. I am always in contact and there is a mutual respect.
There are a lot of things that can be said about Balotelli, but that he isn't a great striker isn't one of them.
Mario to Chelsea? It could be, but [Adriano] Galliani obviously doesn't want it.
Mourinho is the ideal father figure for a character like Balotelli, although even the Portuguese has previously confessed it is difficult to control the striker. He once stated he could write a 200-page book on their time together at Inter, per Football Italia.
The pair eventually went their separate ways. Mourinho joined Real Madrid, while Balotelli headed to English shores with Manchester City.
Now, there is an opportunity for the pair to reunite, as the Chelsea boss is still searching for an all-around forward to lead his attack.
Fernando Torres has shown signs of being that man for Mourinho, turning in an outstanding display in the recent 2-1 win over City at Stamford Bridge.
However, Torres likes to face goal at all times. Mourinho prefers a forward who plays with his back to goal, in the mould of Didier Drogba or even Karim Benzema.
Milan are struggling in Serie A—10th after nine league games this season—and all is not well between Balotelli and the club, per Clubcall.
However, Mourinho would have to be prepared to take on a player who still, at the age of 22, courts much controversy.
Beech's Mirror article, based on news coming out of Italy, reports Balotelli managed to collide with a car Monday despite being stationary at a set of traffic lights:
Mario Balotelli was driving his Audi R8 when he rear-ended the car in front of him during a period of heavy traffic, nobody was harmed in the incident, reports Italian newspaper AS.
The crash caused a commotion in Brescia, but Balotelli and the driver of the other car parted ways without dispute, after agreeing that no damage had been done.
It is not the first time Balotelli has been in the news for crashing a car. He did this to an Audi in the past:
Mario balotelli car accident ;) Audi R8 crash. God just loves him so much ,you see his name in news every now and then pic.twitter.com/9A9uRh7P— spencer ~ ^^ (@choon1990) April 6, 2012
The latest incident comes just days after Milan employed a former police officer to follow Balotelli as a 24-hour minder, per ESPN FC. It is an attempt to keep the striker out of trouble when he is not on the pitch.
If Chelsea do move for Balotelli, it would arguably represent the biggest gamble of Mourinho’s career. However, given all the forward’s raw attributes—pace, power, trickery, intelligent running—it is a tempting gamble to take.