Mario Balotelli has hardly been back in the Premier League for five minutes, but the sometimes unplayable, often indisciplined and always entertaining Liverpool striker is already courting attention as if he never left.
There is, then, plenty of interest in the new home that has supposedly been purchased by Balotelli, which is a characteristically lavish and eccentric abode somewhat ideally suited to the mercurial Italy international.
“The Steppingstone project was inspired by the owner's wish to create a discreet and private house, perfectly aligned to contemporary living, in a stunning position,” reads a description of the property.
“It embraces the functional aspects of neomodern architecture and key attributes of modern technology to provide a versatile and comfortable living environment.”
All of this, though, is really just self important and unnecessary jargon, when really all that needs to be said is that the house comes complete with a helipad. Oh and a 3G football pitch. Did we mention the wine cellar? And there’s even a grand piano on which he can further hone his skills.
These features and fittings hardly come cheap, however, with Balotelli requested to pay £4,750,000 to get the keys for this property and frolic in its wild flower meadow or tend to the ‘elevated vegetable plots’.
Balotelli has enough free time at present to become acquainted with these new surroundings given that he was not called up for international duty by new Italy manager Antonio Conte for the friendly with the Netherlands and Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway.
With Balotelli suspended for the second of these two encounters, he was not included in Conte’s first Italy squad - although is expected to return once he becomes available.
The 24-year-old will be hoping he has plenty of goals under his belt for Liverpool by the time Italy face Azerbaijan and Malta in mid-October, having looked promising on his debut for the Anfield club in the comfortable defeat of Tottenham.