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Journeyman Balotelli on the verge of joining Sion

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is reportedly in talks over a move to Swiss team Sion .

The Italian is currently one year into a three year deal with Turkish Super Lig side Adana Demirsport. He impressed for them last season, scoring 19 goals in 33 games, including five goals in one outing against Goztepe.

Balotelli has become something of a journeyman striker and represented nine clubs in the past 13 years. His returns are often inconsistent, but as his best he is a creative and powerful forward.

Sion President Christian Constantin told Blick he had been in talks with the 31-year-old forward ‘for weeks.’

He added: ‘Today it is impossible for me to make a forecast about the chances of success of the transfer.

‘We wanted to remain discreet, but the information apparently leaked in Italy. This is a signal that there is interest on both sides.’

The President heaped praise on the striker, saying: ‘If you only talk about talent, Mario had what it takes to win the Ballon d’or’

Blick also reported that Balotelli is keen to leave Turkey, and that there has been interest in him from Sevilla.

The Swiss league would be an interesting location for the Italy international. On the one hand, he is not recognised as the force he once was after two years outside of Europe’s top five leagues.

He is only 31, though and comes with excellent pedigree after winning the Premier League, Champions League and three Serie A titles.

Balotelli would undoubtedly be an excellent acquisition for Sion and a statement for the Swiss league as a whole, but some may feel the Italian striker should be aiming higher.

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