Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti is open to the club signing Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli, reports the Daily Express.
The 24-year-old played for the Nerazzurri before his original move to the Premier League with Manchester City back in 2010, and is possibly the last team that the striker truly impressed for – having scored 28 goals in 86 appearances as a teenager with the club.
Despite this record however, he may not be welcomed back with open arms by some. The Italy international was involved in a number of instances of bad behaviour while at the San Siro, even alienating fans by wearing the shirt of fierce rivals AC Milan on TV, as reported by ESPN at the time. The youngster is a boyhood Rossoneri fan.
Balotelli may not have many options if he leaves Anfield in the summer, after a terrible season with the Reds. He has only managed to net three times in 25 matches, albeit with 11 of those appearances coming from the bench.
Even with his poor form and bad history, the Express claim Zanetti wouldn’t mind bringing the former City man back to Serie A: “In football, anything can happen. Right now we are trying to build a team in tune with the indications from Roberto and the characteristics of those we seek we have discussed before.
“But if Mancini asks for Mario. His form after leaving Inter? I thought that he would find that continuity of performance in order to become an important player. He has many qualities and with us, beyond a few games, he often made the difference. It would be good for Italian football if he was calmer and proved his worth.”
He concluded: “His behaviour when at Inter? We spoke to him a lot. He too was disappointed and promised not to repeat certain mistakes. But then, after repentance and apologies, he’d do it again… If he had stayed at Inter, he may have progressed.”