By Will Butcher

Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli has had lunch with the sporting director of Italian club Chievo, according to a report.

Transfer expert and Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Serie A club are trying to sign Balotelli in the final weeks of the transfer window.

It is said that Balotelli told Chievo’s sporting director Luca Nember over lunch that he is keen to make the move to what what be his third Italian club followed the two Milan giants.

The Gialloblu would also rather take the Italy international on loan, while Liverpool are looking to sell him permanently.

The Di Marzio report states that wages would be a stumbling block to the deal, as the Merseysiders would have to pay almost all of the player’s significant salary.

Ajax are also closely monitoring Balotelli and would be willing to pay a great proportion of his Anfield wages.

The 25-year-old is desperate to move away from Merseyside this summer, with manager Jurgen Klopp also stating that the former Manchester City striker will leave.

Chievo, who finished above expectations in ninth in last season’s Serie A, are serious about signing the striker.

After once being feted as one of the world’s leading forwards, Balotelli’s stock has never been lower. The Italy international spent last season on loan at AC Milan and scored just one goal in 20 Serie A appearances.

The Champions League winner wants to show that he can still cut it at the top level, with two years remaining on his Liverpool contract, but it now seems his time at Anfield is up.

Manager Jurgen Klopp told the Mirror: “I can talk of Mario because that one is obvious and I have spoken to him about this. He won’t be battling with other players for one position, so it’s clear we need a solution.”

In other Liverpool transfer news, John Arne Riise has given this update on the Reds’ left-back situation.