Everton should plot a January swoop for Balotelli

Mario Balotelli’s contract with Ligue 1 side Nice is up at the end of the season meaning that the 28-year-old will likely be available for a cut-price fee in January.

What’s the word?

Since joining the French outfit, Balotelli has returned to his best form and has even forced his way back into the Italian national side. Last season, the ever-entertaining striker scored a career-best 26 goals in 38 games in all competitions. 

Balotelli at his best is worthy of playing at a higher level than he is currently employed at and many Premier League clubs would be wise to offer the Italian one last chance to show his quality in the English top flight.

At the front of the queue to roll the dice on the ex-Liverpool flop ought to be Everton, who are in desperate need of a proven goalscorer.

Not another Tosun

Whilst signing Balotelli does represent some risk, it is not as much of a gamble as it once was. In recent years he appears to have matured and focused on his football – which has paid dividends. 

Having spent £27 million on Cenk Tosun in January, the Toffees can’t afford another flop signing up front, and Balotelli has already shown that he has what it takes to make it in the Premier League. If the Toffees could attract the Nice man in January for less than his £21.6 million Transfermarkt valuation then that would be a bargain for the Merseyside club.

What do you think, Everton fans – would you love to see Marco Silva bring Balotelli to Goodison Park or don’t you consider the striker to be worth the risk considering his past behavioural issues?