By Will Butcher
Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has told Inter Milan officials that he would be willing to gamble on a reunion by bringing Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli back to the San Siro.
The 25-year-old has been told he can leave Liverpool by Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp, after scoring just one Premier League goal for the Merseyside club.
Italian publication TuttoSport claim that Mancini has informed Inter Milan’s CEO Michael Bolingbroke that Balotelli could play a part in his Nerazzuri revamp.
If the former Inter Milan striker agrees to join Mancini, it would be the fourth time he has agreed to play at the San Siro after his initial spell at Inter (2007-2010) and two subsequent loan deals with Inter’s Milan rivals AC.
Liverpool would be keen to recoup as much of the £16million ex-manager Brendan Rodgers paid for Balotelli two years ago, but are aware that his career has taken a turn for the worse since his Anfield move.
The Italian international spent last season on loan at AC Milan and scored just one goal in 20 Serie A appearances. The Champions League winner is keen to show that he can still cut it at the top level, with two years remaining on his Liverpool contract.
Inter fans will hope that Mancini, who has coached Balotelli at both Inter and Manchester City, can reignite the Palermo-born striker’s goalscoring touch. The fan base isn’t keen on his return though.
The former Lumezzane attacker’s form has been impressive under Mancini, most notably scoring 13 Premier League goals in 23 games to help City win the league in 2012. Mancini sees it as almost a zero-cost risk as Balotelli’s stock has fallen so drastically.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Reds’ fans have reacted on Twitter to Klopp potentially securing a deal for this Dutch international.