THE 30-year-old, who has been on the radar of MLS giants LA Galaxy and been tentatively linked with Italian clubs, Bologna and Sampdoria, could make a real impact back in France if given the chance but has been adamant since the start of September that he wishes to stay in his native Italy.
Genoa, the oldest Italian football team to be still active and boasting over 125 years of history, are understood to be heading into personal talks this week with Balotelli over a proposed one-year contract.
Head coach, Rolando Maran is expected to improve on Genoa’s patchy season last term, when they finished a stuttering 17th out of 20 Serie A sides to narrowly avoid relegation, so seeks some firepower. But Balotelli, who last turned out for his hometown team, suffered the ignomity of relegation to Serie B with Brescia last season scoring five goals in 19 league games.
Having now left Brescia following a disastrous campaign, both personally and professionally, his super agent Mino Raiola has been desperately scrambling around to find a new club with top teams in Brazil, England, France, Italy, Turkey, the UAE and USA all thrown into the cauldron.