Brescia President Massimo Cellino would love to sign Mario Balotelli, but “we're interested in people who want love more than money. He’s the other way around.”
The striker is currently a free agent after his experiences at Nice and Olympique Marseille.
A return to Serie A is possible, particularly as his hometown club Brescia just earned promotion to Serie A.
“I really like Balotelli, but I always said that he’s shown more weaknesses than strengths,” Cellino told Sky Sport Italia.
“We cannot afford him, he’s simply too expensive. If he wants to come and can offer us terms we can agree on, then we can talk about it.
“The thing is, we are interested in people who want love more than money. He’s the other way around.”
The 2019-20 Serie A fixture list was drawn up yesterday and in a remarkable twist of fate, Brescia begin their season against Cellino’s old club Cagliari.
“It felt like time had stopped. The embarrassing thing is that I looked at the calendar and was checking Cagliari’s opponents. It’s difficult for me to wish them defeat.”
Brescia do have another young Italian talent in the form of midfielder Sandro Tonali.
“We have to look after him, Brescia is his home and he is still finding his feet. We mustn’t let him get big-headed. I think he’s priceless, but then I’ve never actually received an offer for him.”