Sir Alex Ferguson admits he came close to signing ex-Man City and Liverpool man Mario Balotelli
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he came close to signing Mario Balotelli for Manchester United before deciding against a move.
The Italian was at Inter Milan at the time when he heard about the promising striker but after doing his homework he decided it was too big a risk due to the player’s questionable attitude.
Balotelli has recently moved back to Milan for a season long loan after a disappointing spell at Liverpool. The Italy international joined the Reds from Milan last summer in a £16m deal but a nightmare season saw him frozen out.
Balotelli previously spent 18 months with Milan, having joined from Manchester City in January 2013. He left with a record of 30 goals in 54 games.
But he managed just four goals in 28 games for Liverpool last term with him struggling to feature much in the remaining months of the season.
And Ferguson, writing in his new book Leading, says that while the former Manchester City man has talent his antics on and off the pitch meant he got the decision right.
“In 2010 I briefly flirted with the idea of signing Mario Balotelli, the talented but controversial Italian striker,” Ferguson wrote,” he said according to the Express.
“I did my homework on him, speaking to a few Italian contacts, but the feedback I got confirmed it was too big a risk.
“I don’t know whether this sort of candid professional courtesy exists in other fields, but for me it was a Godsend.”