Balotelli billed as €100m striker by Nice team-mate Plea

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A colleague of the enigmatic Italian believes anyone landing a man set to drop into the free agent pool this summer will be getting quite the bargain

Nice striker Alassane Plea says Mario Balotelli would command a €100 million transfer fee in the current market.

After struggling for goals and consistency in Serie A and the Premier League, Balotelli has found his groove again in Ligue 1.

Since arriving in Nice the 27-year-old has scored 39 goals in all competitions, including 14 in the league this season.

His contract at the Allianz Riviera is set to expire at the end of the season and – should he leave - strike partner Plea believes Balotelli would be a great signing.

"I have learned a lot from him," Plea told Marca.

"He is a very efficient striker.

"Training with him is great for me, and I learn a lot from him. Balotelli speaks to me a lot and I owe a lot of my progression to him.

"I would pay [€100m for Balotelli]. He scores a lot of goals, at least 20 per season. And given the prices in today's football, I would pay €100m for him."

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Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, has previously suggested that a man he considers to be among the world's top 10 strikers would demand a nine-figure sum on the open market.

He RAI: "Mario is ready to come back to Italy. He is one of the 10 best strikers in the world, and the number one in Italy.

"He is worth €100m, but he is a free agent so he is a bargain."

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