After signing for £24 million from Inter Milan in the 2010 summer transfer window, Mario Balotelli has attracted an awful lot of attention, both positive and negative. The Italian is a journalist's dream with his on and off the field antics, most notibly posing in an AC Milan shirt whilst playing for rivals Inter months before his transfer to City. But after only starting 33 games in the Premier League since joining, many fans are growing frustrated with his poor performances. Many would suggest that Mancini sees 22 year old Balotelli as his almost 'adopted Italian son' and feels the need to play him as often as possible in order to get the best out of him. But City fans would prefer for Tevez and Aguero to start instead. The inclusion of Balotelli from the start has again been scrutinised this season due to Edin Dzeko's superb early form, scoring 5 more goals than his team mate.
It has been reported in Italy that Serie A giants Juventus, AC Milan and former club Inter Milan are interested in bringing the tempermental striker back to his native country, and Mancini should definitely cash in. Balotelli seems to be a nightmare to coach, after reports have suggested he has been at the centre of many training ground bust ups, and so in my opinion the sooner he leaves the club, the better. Although he is young, and so some will argue he has time to mature and develop furhter as a player, he still seems to be the troublesome piece in an ever changing puzzle at the Etihad. Take the cash and bring in some else!