As per one of the latest reports by Birmingham Live, Wolverhampton Wanderers have emerged as the second favourites to sign Nice’s striker, Mario Balotelli, in the summer. The bookmakers have placed West Ham United as the favourites to land him but there is no denying that Wolves’ financial muscle does make them a potential candidate for the striker’s signature.
Wolves are very much likely to churn their way to the Premier League via automatic qualification. They have excelled this season under the tutelage of Nuno Espirito Santo and are currently placed at the top of the Championship table, having collected 82 points from 38 fixtures. Owing to their splendid run of form this season, they are not only likely to get promoted but deserve to clinch the Championship title as well.
In the top flight, Espirito Santo would need players with Premier League experience under their belt. It goes without saying that he would be keen to make some shrewd signings in the summer to beef up the quality of his arsenal and Balotelli could be an exciting option for him. The Italian international has been in a terrific touch this season and has made his presence felt in every competition that his side has played.
Balotelli has smashed 14 goals in 21 appearances in French top flight this season and has showcased immense calibre up front. Although the Eaglets have flattered to deceive as a unit after having inked a 3rd place finish in the league table last season, the former Manchester City and Liverpool hitman has been a real bright spark for them.
Balotelli has showcased his poaching abilities for quite some time now and has certainly resurrected his career after his move to France. He has created the adequate amount of chances for his teammates and has held the ball meticulously this season. Besides, the 27-year-old notched 1 goal in 2 Champions League appearances and has also plundered 6 goals in 7 games in Europa League. He has an unfinished business in the Premier League and a move back to England should appeal him personally.
His goal scoring efficiency and awareness in the final third has been undeniable and from what has transpired this season, he has been absolutely clinical up front. Wolves would need a prolific goal-getter next season and given that Balotelli’s contract with Nice is due to expire at the end of the season, Espirito Santo should try to lure him to the Molineux Stadium in the summer.
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