Chelsea should not sign Balotelli, say Goal Singapore readers

The Blues have been linked with the controversial and eccentric AC Milan forward, with their own strikers having struggled to score so far this season
Chelsea's striker woes have been evident so far this season, with half the league campaign already behind us.

Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o have scored a combined total of 13 goals in all competitions this season; Eden Hazard alone has nine strikes. None of the three forwards found the net in the Blues' 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup yesterday night as well.

As such, it is no surprise that there have been several reports linking Chelsea to new transfer targets in the January window, claiming that manager Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his offensive options. This is despite the Portuguese having already dismissed links to Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain recently.

It is believed, however, that Mourinho has asked to be informed about the situation of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, who is unsettled at the club. The Rossoneri sit 13th in Serie A, a whopping 27 points behind leaders Juventus and Balotelli has not been impressed with the lack of investment in new recruits.

Mourinho would know the 23-year-old well from their time at Inter Milan together, with the Italy international likely to command a fee of £25 million to £30m, although Milan will not want to sell at such a relatively low price.

The majority of Goal Singapore readers also believe that Balotelli will not be a good signing for Chelsea to make, with 60.6% saying "no" in a poll. This could also be due to the erratic nature of the player, who can be inconsistent at times and has proven to have a reputation for doing crazy things on and off the pitch.

Balotelli famously displayed a "Why Always Me" message on his under-shirt after scoring against Manchester United in a 6-1 thrashing in 2011/12 while at Manchester City, with whom he won the Premier League title that year - the club's first ever crown. He subsequently moved to Milan in January 2013.

A return to England could well be possible still for Balotelli, who will surely entertain all supporters with his antics.