Club president confirms interest in Liverpool striker
By Harvey Byrne
Besiktas president Fikret Orman has revealed that he’s interested in bringing Mario Balotelli to the club.
The striker is currently training with the Liverpool youngsters while the first team squad are in California, and the Turkish giants could be the next club who look to revive the once bright prospect’s career.
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. After being feted as one of the world’s leading forwards, Balotelli’s stock has never been lower.
However, the 14-time Turkish League winners are offering him a chance to play again and, more importantly, they can offer Champions League football to the forward.
“Mario Balotelli is the type of footballer that our fans can associate themselves with,” said Orman to Turkish magazine Fanatik.
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“I’m pretty sure he would attract great attention.
“To be fair, if he wasn’t deemed as a trouble-maker, he wouldn’t be rumoured to be joining us. But we can show some effort and create solutions for Balotelli’s infamous troubles.
“I think he can change with the attention and care he’ll receive in Turkey.
“In short, we want Mario Balotelli and he wants us too.”
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 is keen to show that he can still cut it at the top level, with two years remaining on his Liverpool contract.
Besiktas are keen to sign a new striker after losing German forward Mario Gomez, who scored 28 goals in 41 appearances last season.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Bournemouth have confirmed the arrival of Reds defender Brad Smith on a four-year deal.