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Mario Balotelli to move to Spain?

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Nothing is unexpected when the person we are talking about is Mario Balotelli. The Italian striker has pretty much established himself as a maverick in the world of football and attracts media attention irrespective of his on the field activity.

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But recently he has been linked with a club, a transfer to whom would be considered as a ‘shock’ by many. The club is Las Palmas, currently 14th in Spanish La Liga.

According to Cope Canarias journalist Juao Francisco Cruz, the Canary islanders have offered the Nice ace a contract of one year with a clause of further extension of one more year.

Balotelli is currently an important member in the Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice where he has emerged as their main target man. The Inter academy product has netted 17 times this season in 27 games across all competitions. He has scored 15 times in Ligue 1 which is his career best tally in any top flight league.

Lucien Favre has not only cemented Nice’s place in the third position in Ligue 1 but has also played influential role in the rebirth of this talented striker.

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At the start of the season, the French outfit signed Balotelli from Liverpool on a contract of one year which will enable him to feature in a free transfer in July.

Las Palmas has just grabbed this opportunity and are in talks with the 26 year old. The team has in their ranks the likes of Kevin Prince Boateng, Alen Halilović, Jese Rodriguez and has played one of the most attractive brands of football under Quique Setien this season. Their abysmal form away from home and hiccups at the back is what have demoted them in the bottom half of the table after an impressive start to the campaign.

Kevin Prince Boateng, the former teammate of Balotelli shared a good relationship with him during their times at AC Milan. The Ghanaian has played important role in convincing the Italian ace to join the Spanish outfit this summer.

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If Balotelli joins them then the Canary Islanders would boast one of the most intriguing attacking line-ups in Spain next season, but for that to happen, the nod of ‘Super Mario’ will be necessary.