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Everton could challenge for a top-six finish if they land £19.8m-rated former Liverpool flop

The Everton fans were drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern on Saturday evening after they watched their side get dismantled by a rampant Man City side at Goodison Park. 

Everton have consistently proven to be one of City’s bogey teams down the years, but Pep Guardiola’s side continued to prove that the quality of their football outweighs almost every other determining factor this season as they moved within a single victory of the Premier League title with a 3-1 win on Merseyside. Although it was no real fault of their own, Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were almost completely anonymous throughout the entirety of proceedings as The Toffees desperately struggled to get any remote form of a foothold in the game.

The resident Toffees faithful propping up our bar were bemoaning their toothless edge upfront in the aftermath of the game and many suggested that Sam Allardyce should continue to bolster his attacking options this summer with a handful of new signings. With that being said, Everton should consider making a move for Mario Balotelli when his contract with Nice expires in the summer.

According to The Daily Mirror, the highly-controversial striker’s agent, namely Mino Raiola, has already been in contact with some English clubs regarding a potential transfer in the next transfer window, although it remains unclear which clubs he has spoken to thus far. Either way, the Everton supporters should be hopeful that representatives from their club have been in contact with the Italian’s agent, as his arrival at the club would give them a fantastic opportunity to challenge for a place in the top-six next season.

Since departing English football Balotelli has thrived away from the spotlight of the unforgiving British media, especially in Ligue 1 for his current club Nice. The 27-year-old has scored 39 goals from 59 appearances during a two-year stint with the French side, and although his disciplinary record remains questionable, there is no doubt that he has mentally matured and developed into a well-rounded centre-forward.

His arrival at the club would certainly raise some eyebrows considering his past affiliation with Liverpool and doubts over whether his disruptive past is well and truly behind him, but considering his level of quality and the fact he would be available on a free transfer, Everton would be foolish not to offer him a contract when his current deal with Nice expires in June.

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