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Friday June 28 2019
Parma: 'We couldn't afford De Rossi'

Sporting director Daniele Faggiano confirmed Parma “just couldn’t afford" Daniele De Rossi, while confirming their interest in Mario Balotelli.

The Roma legend spent 17 years with his hometown club only to be left without a new contract.

He has yet to decide on his future, with several Serie A sides vying for his signature, including Fiorentina and Sampdoria.

“It’s true, we did think about De Rossi, but we just couldn’t afford him,” Parma director Faggiano told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Fiorentina push Parma for Balotelli

Fiorentina and Parma are stepping up negotiations to sign Mario Balotelli, who is a free agent after his Olympique Marseille spell.

The centre-forward turns 29 in August and is back on the market after just six months at Marseille, where he scored a creditable eight goals in 15 games.

A return to Italy seems to be on the cards, his first since the Milan loan from Liverpool ended in June 2016.

According to SportMediaset, Fiorentina received the all-clear from both President Rocco Commisso and Coach Vincenzo Montella to proceed with talks.

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Thursday June 13 2019
Balotelli to remain with Marseille?

Mario Balotelli is a free agent, but despite interest from Parma and Brescia, it’s reported he could sign a new deal at Olympique Marseille.

The Italy international joined Marseille in January from OGC Nice, scoring seven goals in 15 Ligue 1 games.

His contract runs out on June 30, but according to Il Giorno newspaper, SuperMario could decide to remain with the French side.

This would mean snubbing interest from Parma and his hometown club Brescia.

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Sunday June 9 2019
Marseille ask after Schick

Reports in France suggest Olympique Marseille have asked Roma for Patrik Schick on loan with obligation to buy.

The striker has struggled for form and confidence at club level, yet scored a brace for the Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday night.

That took him up to seven goals in 17 senior caps for his country, yet he has only eight goals in 58 competitive matches for Roma.

According to FootMercato, Marseille director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta has approached Roma to ask for Schick on loan with obligation to buy.

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Friday June 7 2019
Olympique Marseille want Leiva

Olympique Marseille are interested in poaching Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

The 32-year-old joined from Liverpool two years ago for just under €6m and has been a regular in the middle of the park.

French reports claim the Argentina international’s performances caught the eye of Marseille directors and new Coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Leiva came to Europe for Liverpool in 2007 from Gremio and spent a decade at Anfield before seeking a new experience with Lazio.

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Sunday June 2 2019
Balotelli: 'Parma would be an honour'

Mario Balotelli said it would be “an honour” to play for Parma and he hasn’t yet decided where he’ll be next season.

The Italy international was a guest speaker at a school event in Parma discussing racism and integration when asked about his next career step.

“I haven’t decided yet, nor have I even talked about the future with my agent. I’d like a little time off for a vacation first,” said SuperMario.

Now that Parma are back in Serie A, would he consider a Stadio Tardini experience?

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Saturday June 1 2019
Mancini: 'Balotelli at low level'

Roberto Mancini put the blame squarely on Mario Balotelli for missing out on Italy. “He got a four-match ban and is playing at a low level.”

The Azzurri are preparing for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Greece on June 8 and Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 11.

They are currently top of their group after beating Finland 2-0 and Liechtenstein 6-0.

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Wednesday May 29 2019
Balotelli given four-match ban

Mario Balotelli has been given a four-match ban for his red card in what was probably his last game for Olympique Marseille.

The Italy international was sent off for a high tackle from behind during the 1-0 win over Montpellier on May 24.

It was the closing fixture of the season and if Balotelli does play in Ligue 1 again next term, he’ll have to sit out a four-match ban first.

Between OGC Nice and Marseille, he ended the campaign with eight goals and one assist in 25 Ligue 1 games.

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Friday May 24 2019
Balotelli sent off for Marseille

Mario Balotelli was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle during what was probably his last game for Olympique Marseille.

The Italy international had only come on as a substitute against Montpellier 29 minutes earlier when he lunged in from behind at defender Daniel Congré.

It was two-footed, it was high and it caught his opponent’s leg in a scissor motion.

This was his fourth red card since joining Ligue 1 in 2016-17, playing for OGC Nice and since January Marseille.

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Wednesday May 1 2019
Balotelli: 'Don't compare Messi...'

Mario Balotelli praised Lionel Messi after his 600th goal for Barcelona, but “for the good of football please don’t compare him to” Cristiano Ronaldo again.

The Italy international was watching tonight’s Champions League semi-final, which saw Barca beat Liverpool 3-0 at Camp Nou with a Messi brace.

‘The Flea’ took his career tally to 600 goals for the club with a stunning free kick into the top corner.

Balotelli posted his thoughts on the matter via Instagram Stories.

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