- Mario Balotelli is currently without a club and has been training with Serie D side Franciacorta
- The Italy international has been in contact with Championship side Barnsley over a possible transfer
- Barnsley wants to sign a free agent to aid them battle to avoid relegation and they have identified Balotelli as the perfect fit
Former Manchester City and Liverpool star Mario Balotelli has been offered a career lifeline as reports indicate struggling Championship side Barnsley have contacted the Italy international.
Reports from The Sun indicate that Barnsley chiefs Chien Lee and Paul Conway have been scouting for free agents as they look to find a striker to offer them a goal threat as they fight to avoid relegation.
Barnsley currently lies 16th in the Championship table with a mere 13 points from their first 11 games and if trends are anything to go by, such form is likely to plunge them in a relegation scruff later in the season.
Balotelli is currently a free agent after parting ways with Italian outfit Brescia who were relegated to Serie B in the 2019/2020 campaign.
Brescia ended ties with the former Inter Milan forward over disciplinary issues after he reportedly missed several training sessions.
Despite conversations having been held between Balotelli and Barnsley chiefs, no further progress has been made as it is believed the Italian is considering other options.
A move to Barnsley would see Balotelli return to England to play for the first time since he left Liverpool in 2015 to join AC Milan.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Balotelli was spotted training with Italian fourth division side Franciacorta as his quest to get another club continues.
The 30-year-old has been without a club since he was asked to leave Serie A side Brescia in July this year after reportedly having issues with the club's chiefs.
The club's directors at Franciacorta are said to be close with Mario Balotelli which made them to give the Italain striker the chance to be using their stadium for training.
Meanwhile, former Italy defender Marco Materazzi came out to disclose that despite the fact that he is a very good friend of Italian striker Mario Balotelli, the player once received good beating from him.
It was gathered that the incident occurred during a Champions League semi-final involving Inter Milan and Barcelona where the Italian side defeated their visitors 3-1 at the San Siro.
Balotelli was just 19 at that time and he failed to impress having come off the bench late on and then after the game, he appeared to have insulted the club fans.
The teenager hurled the club shirt on the floor in a fit of petulance after the game which provoked uproar and his no-nonsense colleague Materazzi ensured the youngster learned his lesson.
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