Marseille favourites for Balotelli

Mario Balotelli is likely to remain in Ligue 1 with Olympique Marseille rather than return to Serie A for Atalanta or Genoa.

According to Sky Sport Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Rudi Garcia’s Marseille remain the hot favourites to sign SuperMario, a report that had already been circulating last month via Tuttomercatoweb.

Atalanta and Genoa are the only real candidates so far to have approached Balo in Serie A, but would struggle to meet his €4.5m per year salary.

Roma and Napoli do not seem intent on making a firm offer just yet, especially as the terms of his contract with Nice are a little complicated.

Although it is due to expire on June 30, there remains a clause meaning any new club must pay Nice €10m, so he is certainly not a free agent, even if he is allowed to negotiate the deal himself.

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