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Chelsea should sign Mario Balotelli

Why always me? (©GettyImages)
Why always me? (©GettyImages).

There is not a football fan on the planet who will not have heard of the enigmatic Mario Balotelli and his repeatedly controversial and highly-colourful off-field antics.

The 23-year-old has established a reputation as a one of the game's most divisive talents, with his unquestionable ability arguably too often being forgotten in a myriad of unnecessary and potentially damaging incidents.

Although Balotelli enjoyed success during his eventful three-year stint in England with Manchester City, his seemingly abrasive personality and knack for courting negative press attention saw him clash on a regular basis with the explosive character of Roberto Mancini. 

In January, it appeared as if Mancini had reached the end of his tether with his compatriot and Balotelli departed the top-flight in a move to Serie A giants AC Milan in a move believed to be worth a total fee of around £22 million.

In recent days, however, Balotelli has been linked with what would be a quite sensational switch back to the Premier League with title hopefuls Chelsea.

Although some have scoffed at such an idea and others appear to be morally outraged by the very prospect, it is my belief that this is a move that could prove massively beneficial to all parties concerned.

While recent arrival Samuel Eto'o recently found the net for the first time at Stamford Bridge, it is unlikely that either he or Demba Ba have much of a long-term future at the club.

Much-maligned Spaniard Fernando Torres - and all credit to him, given the copious amounts of undeserved abuse and vitriol that has been routinely launched in his direction - appears as if he may finally have discovered the self-belief and confidence necessary to finally start living up to his bumper £50 million price tag.

However, even if this does indeed prove to be the case, he will be unable to carry the fans' hopes all alone in the final third and his patchy form over recent seasons suggest he should not be relied upon on a consistent basis.

Balotelli, meanwhile, needs to secure a quick exit from a league - and indeed a club - who have so obviously entered into a terminal decline.

While Serie A still enjoys its status as one of the world's top divisions, it so clearly does not possess the same pulling power as it once did and only Antonio Conte's Juventus look truly capable of posing a threat on the European stage.

Presumably, the fiery Italian would revel in the opportunity to return to the Premier League and prove once and for all that his ability far outweighs the other aspects of his curious character.

What's more, helping Chelsea to win silverware should help to prove a pertinent point to City - the club that appeared to totally lose faith in his talent in pursuit of other options.

Chelsea's strikeforce is in need of a radical shakeup sooner rather than later, that much is unmistakably clear.

And what arrival would be quite as radical as that of Balotelli?

Providing Mourinho - who has worked with Balotelli before and therefore should know how best to manage him - is able to seek those assurances that he will strive to remain on his very best behaviour, then the Blues should not think twice about adding him to their otherwise formidable attacking armoury that features an abundance of midfield talent.

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