Balotelli makes 'unusual' demands

Serie A

Italy striker Mario Balotelli looks set to return to his homeland as his shock move to Brazil was halted despite Flamengo willing to meet his unusual contract demands.

Flamengo reportedly offered Balotelli a two-year contract worth five million dollars (R76m) a year to lure him to the Brasileiro Série A, which met his initial salary expectations.
However, it's been claimed the 29-year-old asked them to sign his brother Enock, who would have played for Boavista, one of Flamengo's affiliate clubs in the fourth-tier.
According to reports in Italy, Balotelli has also requsted that a clause should be inserted into his contract that allowd Enock to be guaranteed at least 10 games with the club.
The younger brother of Mario is also a striker and was at Manchester City's youth academy while his brother was in the first team, but he failed to establish himself at the club and ended up playing in the lower divisions of Italian football.
See all seven clubs Balotelli has featured for during his tumultuous career
Italian football expert, Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Flamengo were willing to accept these demands in the hope of announcing Balotelli as their star signing, but his hometown club has now arrived in the equation.
Newly-promoted Serie A side Brescia, the club Balotelli has often stated he'd love to represent before retiring from football are believed to have submitted an offer for the free agent this week.
Brescia may be on the verge of securing the arrival of Balotelli but Flamengo are continuing to speak with the Italian's agent, Mino Raiola, in the hope that they can convince him to play in the Copa Libertadores.