Thursday July 5 2018
Balotelli close to OM

Reports in France state Mario Balotelli is on the verge of joining Marseille for a record salary.

The striker has spent the past two seasons at Nice, but didn’t turn up for pre-season training on Monday.

It’s not clear what the terms of his contract are, but L’Équipe has reported that there is a two-year deal while agent Mino Raiola says he’s a free agent this summer.

According to Nice-Matin, there was a gentleman’s agreement that Les Aiglons would get a transfer fee, indicating that the second year may have been optional, and Super Mario hasn’t taken up the option.

The newspaper reports that Balotelli is just a step away from joining Marseille, where he would earn a record salary.

The agreement is said to be worth €600,000 per month, amounting to €7.2m per season, which would be a record for OM.

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