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Mario Balotelli urged to join Napoli

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Liverpool and Chelsea transfer target Mario Balotelli would be perfect for Napoli, according to Diego Maradona.

As reported by the Daily Express, the Italian international is expected to leave Milan this summer, with a number of Premier League clubs - including Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal - thought to be monitoring developments.

But Argentinian legend Maradona believes €30m-rated Balotelli should ignore interest from the Premier League and follow in his footsteps by staying in Italy and signing for Napoli.

"It would be the perfect place for him," Maradona said. "He is an exceptional player and he would be no problem to manage.

"If ever there was a problem with Mario I'll take care of it personally to make sure it goes well."

Milan have reportedly given up on Balotelli, after bringing him back from Manchester City in the 2013 January transfer window. The 23-year-old initially looked a good fit at the San Siro in his second spell in Serie A, but the club look ready to cut their losses.

A return to the Premier League has been mooted, and Balotelli has proved himself in the division after helping City to the Premier League title in his best campaign with the club.

But according to the report City are not one of the teams reportedly keen on the young forward. Instead Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool are the three clubs believed to be on the lookout to add to their attacking options this summer.

It remains to be seen whether one of them will take a chance on the Italian.

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