Balotelli signs for Nice on free transfer

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    Balotelli hadn’t featured for Liverpool since 2014/15

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has joined OGC Nice.

    The Italian forward has signed a permanent deal with the French club on a free transfer.

    Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, has spent the whole Summer trying to find a new side for his client and the search is finally over.

    Both Swiss club Sion and Italian club Palermo attempted to snap up the former Italy international, but he has decided to make the move to the French Riviera.

    Nice had been keen on signing Balotelli on loan for the season and then making a decision on whether to sign him next Summer.

    But Liverpool insisted on a permanent deal for the former Manchester City man and finally got their way after protracted negotiations.

    Balotelli had just a year left on his three year deal at Anfield after spending last season on loan at former club AC Milan.

    After moving to Anfield from the San Siro in the Summer of 2014 in a deal worth £14m he promised to change his ways and prove himself at Liverpool.

    But it quickly became clear that it was the same old story with the difficult frontman and he was quickly out of the side and running low on chances.

    The fact that no major clubs showed any interest in Balotelli highlights how low his stock has fallen after scoring just two league goals in two seasons.

    This move signals the end to one of Liverpool’s most ill-advised signings in the history of the club.

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