Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will not be joining Flamengo, the Brazilian side has confirmed.
Balotelli had been in talks with Flamengo after leaving French Ligue 1 side Marseille at the end of last season. According to reports, Flamengo were reluctant to submit to the forward’s demands that they also sign his brother Enock and guarantee him at least 10 games in the reserve side. However, the Brazilian club confirmed that they have decided to end the negotiations involving the possible signing of the Italian.
"Flamengo, Mario Balotelli, and his representatives have decided, by mutual agreement and after two days of cordial meetings in Monaco, to close on this date all negotiations involving the possible signing of the player,” a statement from the club read.
Recent reports suggest that the 29-year-old is set to join Brescia on a three-year deal following his failed move to Brazil.