How Mario Balotelli Almost Joined Palermo 

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​Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was on the verge of joining Palermo before he completed his free transfer to Nice this summer, according to the Serie A club’s sporting director.

Daniele Faggiano said the Sicilian side had been close to signing the out-of-favour Italy international but failed to seal the deal as a move to France materialised.

Balotelli is understood to have been called by Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini and reports in Italy claim Balotelli favoured the move.

“Balotelli has been quite close to Palermo, then we lost his tracks,” Faggiano told TV station Feel Rouge. “Someone didn’t want him to come here,” another official added.

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