Got spare S$26,000 a month to burn? You can have Mario Balotelli’s mansion for rent

Mario Balotelli’s Swanky Manchester Mansion

Controversial Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has put his sprawling Cheshire mansion up for rent on the market at a price of £13,495 ($26,270) per month.

Mario Balotelli has struggled to impress at Man City.

His decision to rent his property in Manchester led to reports that Balotelli has already flown boxes containing his personal belongings back to his native Italy.

The Italian's crib in Manchester boasts everything from a private pool to a master bedroom with an en-suite dressing room, three other bedrooms, three more bathrooms and a leisure suite with a pool and gym.

The property, located in Alderley Edge, also has an in-built "mini cinema" which consists of a wall mounted with a huge video screen and a large private swimming pool and jacuzzi area.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to AC Milan, although both his agent, Mino Raiola and club president, Silvio Berlusconi, denied he would be joining before the transfer window closes on January 31.

Instead, City are believed to have an agreement in place with Milan's rivals and Balotelli's former club, Inter, to take him back to Serie A.

With their recent sale of Wesley Sneijder to Galatasaray, Balotelli's arrival could also help to bolster the side's attack.

Meanwhile, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and Shakira welcomed the birth of their first son -- Milan Pique Mebarak -- in Barcelona last night. The birth comes one week after photos of the star couple posing semi-nude for charity emerged.

Although they have not released photos of their newborn, Pique and Shakira were quick to assure fans that both Milan and his mother were in good health and that the baby boy had already been promptly registered with his own FC Barcelona socio number - 171751.

Shakira underwent a caesarean section birth a and upon leaving the hospital, Pique told reporters : "It's all very well, I am very happy and Shakira is well."

The Colombian singer's father, William, added: "He will look like his father, but he's still very small."

Shakira's mother, Nidia, said : "We are happy, happy. Shakira is happy and well, thank God, everything is perfect... and my Milan (is) beautiful."

At Barcelona's training session this morning, a beaming Pique also received warm applause from his teammates -- including fellow fathers Lionel Messi and Victor Valdes -- who congratulated him on the birth of his son.