By Tom Blackburn
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been offered to rivals Everton by his agent Mino Raiola, according to a report.
Italian broadcaster Sport Italia, as cited by website Football Italia, claim that Raiola rang the newly-rich Merseysiders to offer them Balotelli and prompt a wave of bets that the Anfield outcast could be headed to their rivals.
It is said that Everton are keen on signing a new forward but are in advanced negotiations to sign Napoli spearhead Manolo Gabbiadini.
Balotelli is desperate to move away from Merseyside this summer, with manager Jurgen Klopp making it clear that there is no place for him in the first team set-up at Anfield.
He has been linked with a number of Italian clubs, but none have been able to secure a deal to sign the Italy international permanently.
Italian outlet Sport Mediaset claimed on Tuesday that Bologna were close to striking an agreement with Liverpool over a loan deal for the striker, while Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist Emanuele Giulianelli claimed on his personal Twitter account last week that Lazio were interested in the forward.
The former AC Milan forward joined the Reds in a £16million deal in August 2014.
Since his arrival at the club the 26-year-old has failed to live up to expectations, scoring just four goals in 28 appearances at the Merseyside outfit after being brought in to replace the departing Luis Suarez.
The Italy international missed out on this summer’s European Championships after suffering another wayward season in front of goal, bagging just three goals and providing one assist in Serie A this season while on loan to AC Milan.
The former Inter Milan goal-scorer has returned to Melwood to train under Jurgen Klopp ahead of the new Premier League season but is now behind Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi,Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings in the pecking order.
Nevertheless, he has some pedigree and a fine international record of 13 goals in 33 Italy appearances.
In other Everton transfer news, they are ready to sell a midfielder as two clubs register interest.