Ligue 1

Guardiola must make controversial move for City cult-hero to prove he is world’s best man-manager

The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern could not be any more delighted with their side’s performances in the first-half of the season.

Pep Guardiola’s City slickers have taken the Premier League by storm so far this season to open up a staggering lead over their rivals Manchester United at the half-way stage. Club, league and individual records have been toppled already this season, thanks to countless breathtaking performances and a never say die attitude that has resulted in plenty of late goals.

All things considered, it looks as if there is no stopping the Citizens this season, especially if they continue to strengthen their squad with new signings in January.

City have been consistently linked with plenty of players from around the world, but none have been quite as surprising as one of the more recent stories to emerge.

According to reports in The Daily Mail, Manchester City’s former striker Mario Balotelli has admitted that he would be happy to re-sign for the club on an unpaid contract.

Although the Italian’s acrimonious past in the Premier League would suggest that a move for his services would not be in City’s best interests, his record since joining OGC Nice in Ligue 1 would suggest that maybe leopards do change their spots after all.

Since joining the French outfit in 2016, the 27-year-old has notched 33 goals from 49 appearances, 3 more than he scored for City in 80 appearances.

Concerns over Balotelli’s temperament will naturally play a large role in dictating Guardiola’s attitude towards signing the highly controversial star, but the challenge of managing a player who has regularly been labelled untameable could prove to be too great a temptation for the Spaniard to resist.

His record since moving to France is one of the best in European football, so Guardiola should at least be considering the possibility of approaching him in January to discuss the prospect of a free transfer when his contract runs out at the end of the season.

Thoughts? 

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