Mario Balotelli has apparently wasted no time finding a new house since he landed in the UK. The Metro has reported that after just a few days in the country the Italian transfer from AC Milan to Liverpool has settled on somewhere to call home. But can this be right?
From a swift glance at the sales particulars it looks like the kind of property that might have everything a footballer needs in order to feel at home. The £4.7 million mansion in Helsby, Cheshire, has five bedrooms - and its fair share of footballer essentials from the five-a-side football pitch in the garden (complete with a sofa from which to watch the action), and the indoor sports hall and gym, to the pool, jacuzzi and sauna. This home even has a helipad, and (oddly) a vegetable garden.
There's plenty of shiny entertainment space which might suit a young multi-millionaire, and lots of brand new technology - including keyless doors with fingerprint technology and lutron lighting. If he doesn't fancy dusting all those shiny expanses, there's a staff flat on site for a full time housekeeper.
And in case Balotelli would rather spend a few months featuring on the back pages of newspapers rather than the front, the way it is built also ensures the privacy of the occupants.
Is this true?
For a man known for his huge wealth, and his willingness to spend it, the idea of him snapping up a luxury mansion isn't completely impossible. He recently invested in a property in Milan - which was said to feature a life-size statue of himself - so why not expand his property portfolio?
However, so far, the purchase is simply a rumour, and it's worth noting that Prime Location still lists it for sale. Anyone who has ever bought or sold property in England will surely be skeptical of claims that a young man can enter the country and buy a house in the time it takes most people to unpack their suitcase.
Whether Balotelli has bought this property is open to debate. However, it seems to have been designed with footballers in mind, and just think: if he bought this he could commute by helicopter - which might even overshadow the array of super cars his team-mates bring to training.
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