Italian striker Mario Balotelli is leaving Liverpool after two disappointing seasons, to join French side OGC Nice on a free transfer.
The former wonderkid, who is now 26, leaves Anfield after just two seasons. He only managed to score a single goals in 16 games for the Reds back in 2014/15, and was sent out on loan to his former club AC Milan for the 2015/16 campaign. After only managing to score one goal in 20 appearances in Serie A, Milan had no desire to make the move permanent.
Balotelli cost Liverpool £16 million when he joined from Milan back in 2014, but no he leaves on a free to Nice.
Hatem Ben Arfa was shunned by Newcastle after the 2014/15 season, prompting him to move to Nice. He saw a revival in his career, scoring 11 league goals which lead to a move to champions PSG. Nice is hoping that they can help Balotelli bounce back as well.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mario,” said Nice president, Jean-Pierre Rivere. “We hope that Nice, in a family atmosphere, will help him rediscover his joy for the game. We both know that nothing will be easy but with the desire and support of all our fans, we’ll help him to flourish and bring his talent to the service of the team.”
Balotelli bursted onto the scene as a teenager at Inter Milan, where he spent three seasons before moving to Manchester City. After two and a half seasons in Manchester, he joined AC Milan where he scored 26 goals in 43 league appearances, prompting Liverpool to sign him.
He’s scored 13 goals in 33 caps for Italy.