There’s news today that Newcastle are interested in signing Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli on loan for next season.
The 24 year-old Italian International seemed to be a lot of trouble for Liverpool last season, and Mario did not have a good time of it at all on Merseyside.
The 33 times capped International (13 goals) scored only 4 goals in 26 appearances last season, and he was not a good replacement for Luis Suarez who had joined Barcelona last summer and ended up winning the Champions League.
Mario Balotelli – Newcastle make move
We suppose it had to happen – that Mario is an available striker who Liverpool are looking to offload – and Newcastle are in the market for strikers this summer, but we don’t know if this story is true.
We doubt it very much.
Certainly Mario is a challenge for any manager as Jose Mourinho found out when he had him at Inter-Milan, and said at that time he was unmanageable and Brendan Rodgers found out last season he was a challenge.
The news being reported is that at the Board Meeting yesterday on transfers, head coach Steve McClaren wants to get him in on loan at Newcastle next season.
It’s being reported in Winner Sports and a Newcastle source supposedly said this:
“Something needs to be done – and fast. The season is closing in, the players are back training yet no signings have been made. This cannot go on.¨
“Balotelli may not be to be everyone’s liking but when he is on his day he is a top player and McClaren believes he can get the best out of him.”
We’d be very surprised if that statement is true – because it suggests that Newcastle are already panicking with a full two months to go in the transfer market – that’s simply not true.
It’s more like a made-up story, and that comment is what Newcastle fans feel at the moment, which further suggests it’s fake.
We’d be very surprised if Newcastle want to take on the (huge) challenge of managing Mario Balotelli next season, although he’s a gifted player.
But maybe it’s all financially motivated and Liverpool are willing to pay Newcastle money to take him on loan?
He makes managing Ben Arfa look easy, and let’s just say Balotelli’s personalty is antithetic to team spirit.
What do you think?