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Balotelli could be on his way to South America

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Mario Balotelli has been without a club for months now but it appears he could be on his way to a club in South America.

Balotelli has reached an ‘agreement’ to join Brasileiro side Vasco da Gama and a move could happen in the coming weeks. This is according to the club’s sporting director Fabio Cordella.

The 30-year-old had been without a club since he left Brescia at the end of last season.

Prior to that, Balotelli fell out with Brescia president Cellino and had not even featured for his boyhood side since March.

After they suffered relegation, it was inevitable they would have to let go of the former Liverpool, Manchester City, and AC Milan star.

Balotelli was recently close to joining Championship side Barnlsey but the deal fell through and never materialized.

The Italian forward might now be close to a return on the pitch and it is Brazilian side Vasco that are showing interest. In fact, the club’s sporting director says contact has been made and they could yet have the experienced front-man in their ranks soon enough.

“He’d like to come here,” Vasco director Fabio Cordella told the Corriere dello Sport. “Don’t forget, Vasco are the club with the second-most trophies in the world after Real Madrid.”

“I don’t think Mario needs to come to Rio to do stupid things, I think he has reached mental maturity. Vasco are an institution against racism. I hope he can wait for us.”

Cordella warned that the deal was not yet set in stone, and it could be another six weeks before the club are able to sign Balotelli.

“Officially, we cannot sign anyone, but there have been messages and offers,” he added. “Formally, we agree on everything, we just have to formalise.

“I hope we can do it on January 15, Vasco need a player like Balotelli and he needs a club like Vasco. For our fans, he would be like Maradona.”

Vasco have only one win in their last five League games and find themselves in the relegation zone of the Brazilian Championship. Perhaps they could well do with an experienced player like Balotelli in their ranks.