The Italy international moved to France from Liverpool on a free transfer last August after the Premier League club's manager Juergen Klopp confirmed he had no future at Anfield. "Mario Balotelli will continue with OGC Nice in 2017/18.
Ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Russian athletes were implicated in a massive doping scandal that affected the ability of some athletes to compete at those games. Russian anti-doping officials have since admitted an "institutional conspiracy" regarding the country's doping program for the Sochi Olympics in 2014. And now the soccer team is getting caught up in it. This weekend, reports emerged that Russia's entire 2014 World Cup squad is under investigation for doping. Five of the players under investigation were on Russia's team for this month's Confederations Cup. If you're wondering how this might affect Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup, it seems unlikely to influence anything at all. FIFA
AC Milan have made Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny a prime target as the Italian club look to strengthen their defence this summer, according to Telefoot. Koscielny has also been linked with the likes of Manchester City, Marseille and Chinese clubs this summer, but it is likely to take a big offer and persuasive argument to get Koscielny to leave Arsenal. Olivier Giroud is set to hold talks with Arsene Wenger over his future at Arsenal as the club close in on the signing of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to the Evening Standard.