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02nd Mar 2018

Mino Raiola evaluates ‘bargain’ Mario Balotelli at €100 million

Jack O'Toole

Football agent Mino Raiola has evaluated Mario Balotelli’s transfer fee at €100 million and insists that the Nice forward is among the top 10 strikers in world football.

Balotelli has scored 38 goals in 57 games since moving to Ligue 1 at the beginning of last season but the Italian international is set to come off contract with Nice at the end of the season.

Raiola said that he is currently in talks with teams from England and Italy about securing a move for the 27-year-old but seemed to rule out a return to AC Milan where Balotelli scored 30 goals in 54 games between 2012 and 2014.

“Mario is ready to come back to Italy. He is one of the 10 best strikers in the world, and the number one in Italy,” he told RAI.

“He is worth €100m, but he is a free agent, so he is a bargain.

“I’m already negotiating with many teams in England and Italy. I talked with Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Inter.”

On AC Milan, he added: “No, because there is [sporting director Massimiliano] Mirabelli and I can’t talk with him, I’m not at his level.”

Before his move to Nice, Balotelli had scored just seven goals in 51 games over two seasons with Liverpool and Milan.

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