Balotelli: I almost signed for Barcelona

Controversial Nice forward Mario Balotelli claims he could have previously joined La Liga giants Barcelona, but the move failed to materialise due to financial issues.

The 26-year-old striker has been in good form for the Ligue 1 outfit this season netting 12 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions. 

The former Italy international who was considered one of the most talented teenagers in Europe during his time with Inter Milan, has shed some light on his experiences with his former clubs.

"I nearly joined Barcelona, but the club that had me at the time wanted money," he told French radio station RMC.

"Manchester City was a dream because there was such an Italian atmosphere there.

"Don't speak to me about Liverpool, please. There was a team with great people, fantastic fans, but the place…," he concluded.