Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed in his new books titled Leading that he almost signed Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli before he joined Manchester City, according to reports from the Express.
Balotelli, who is now back at AC Milan on loan from Liverpool, had a disastrous campaign in the English top flight last season, scoring only one league goal and has been branded a huge £16million flop by supporters.
The Italy international was seen as a wonderkid when he emerged from the Inter youth squad back in the day, but had trouble on and off the field during his time with the Nerazzurri.
However, Man City signed him after Ferguson questioned his personality, but during his time with the Sky Blues Balotelli helped the side to a Premier League crown which included a 6-1 victory over the Red Devils.
“In 2010 I briefly flirted with the idea of signing Mario Balotelli, the talented but controversial Italian striker,” Ferguson wrote.
“I did my homework on him, speaking to a few Italian contacts, but the feedback I got confirmed it was too big a risk.
“I don’t know whether this sort of candid professional courtesy exists in other fields, but for me it was a Godsend.”
Balotelli will look to improve on his awful season last term as he attempts to be selected in the Italy national squad for Euro 2016.