Flamengo pull plug on Mario Balotelli deal

Brazilian outfit Flamengo have confirmed that they pulled the plug on a possible deal for Mario Balotelli. The Italian is currently a free agent searching for new employers after ending his spell with Ligue1 outfit Marseille last season.

Confirming their actions, a statement on Flamengo’s official website read,

“Flamengo, Mario Balotelli and his representatives have decided, by mutual agreement and after two days of cordial meetings in Monaco, to close all negotiations involving the possible signing of the player.”

While the reason behind closing the negotiations hasn’t been revealed, it is said that Flamengo were unwilling to agree on some of Balotelli’s demands, which also included signing his brother Enock.

The Italian is now set to return to the Serie A. He is said to be in talks with newly-promoted side Brescia over a three-year deal and is expected to finalise the move before the end of this week.

Balotelli’s time in France has been highly successful until now. He scored 51 goals in 88 games for both Nice and Marseille, having joined the latter on a six-month contract in January.

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