Should an English side take a punt on Balotelli?
Brescia owner Massimo Cellino has confirmed Italy striker Mario Balotelli will be allowed to leave the club on a free in January.
There is no doubting the 29-year-old’s ability on a football field when he puts his mind to it and there could be a few clubs that would benefit from his quality.
We also know there is much more to Mario Balotelli than his football and a price is normally paid for taking a chance on the erratic forward.
“In January, he can leave on a free. In this moment, he needs to choose which road is best for him,” said Cellino.
“Mario is sad because he is unable to play his game,” he added. “Fighting for survival in Serie A requires a huge sacrifice and perhaps he thought it would be much more simple.”
Well if Balotelli was indeed to make a return to the Premier League in January, it would only likely be for a club battling for survival and in need of a bargain in the often-difficult January transfer window.
Bottom-of-the-table Watford could do with a player like Balotelli and perhaps their Italian owners would be interested in bringing one of their countrymen to Vicarage Road.
For too long the Hornets have relied heavily on veteran striker Troy Deeney and they really require another forward to shoulder the burden of bagging in the goals that could get them out of their current predicament.
Six points from safety and currently without a manager after the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores, the manager to come in would have a big say on a potential Balotelli arrival.
Everton are another club in much need of goals with pressure building on manager Marco Silva to keep his job.
The summer signing of Moise Kean has so far not worked out following his highly-anticipated switch from Juventus before the start of the season.
Now the Toffees find themselves just two points above the relegation zone having scored just 14 goals in as many games this term; only Watford, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace have scored fewer.
Balotelli had a tough time of things in his last spell on Merseyside with Liverpool and perhaps the striker would feel he has something to prove in the city.
Both Watford and Everton could be potential candidate to bag Balotelli on a free next month but whether they will take a chance on a sometimes awkward character remains to be see.