MARIO BALOTELLI is closing in on a return to Italy with Brescia.
The 29-year-old striker has agreed a three-year contract after rejecting an offer from Brazilian club Flamengo.
Maverick Balotelli is a free agent after leaving Marseille in June.
He has been in discussions with Serie A outfit Brescia for several weeks as he weighed-up his future.
But the South American giants attempted to convince the forward to swap a comeback in his homeland for them instead.
However, Balotelli snubbed Flamengo and a late offer from Fiorentina and is now close to penning a deal to take him back to Serie A for the first time since he was at AC Milan at the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
The star spent three years at Man City from 2010 and helped them to win the Premier League title.
He went on to join Liverpool after a 12-month stint at Milan but endured a miserable time at Anfield, heading out on loan back to the San Siro.
Balotelli then rejuvenated his career in France with Nice, scoring 33 in 61 matches until his departure in January.
He bagged eight times in 12 appearances during his six months at the Stade Velodrome.
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Now he is thrashing out the final terms of his contract at Brescia and is due to be officially announced as their latest signing before the weekend.
Balotelli, capped 36 times for Italy, was born in Palermo but spent a large chunk of his childhood in Brescia.
And he has previously stated that it is the only city he truly feels at home in.
Brescia sealed promotion from Serie B last season as they pipped Lecce to the title by a point.
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