Confirmed: Top-tier clubs line up bids for Liverpool fringe player
By Tom Blackburn
Serie A newcomers Crotone have become the latest to offer Mario Balotelli the opportunity to revitalise his career.
Football Insider reported on Tuesday that Sampdoria are offering a similar opporunity for the Italian in his native league.
In an interview with GazzaMercato, Crotone’s president Raffaele Vrenna said his club were perfect for the wayward star.
“I made a phone call to agent Mino Raiola for Balotelli,” he said.
“Crotone are the ideal environment for young talent to grow and express themselves.
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“We could be the right place to revive an incredible talent like that of Balotelli, who has unfortunately just experienced a couple of difficult seasons.”
Liverpool are attempting to find a club for Balotelli but it has proved problematic with the Italian struggling in previous seasons.
The former AC Milan forward joined the Reds in a £16million deal in August 2014.
Since his arrival at the club the 25-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 Jugen Klopp ahead of the new Premier League season but is now behind Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in the pecking order, as well as Danny Ings and Christian Benteke.
The maverick centre-forward has enjoyed good spells in the Premier League before though, scoring 42 goals and notching seven assists in 93 appearance in all competitions in his three year spell with Manchester City.
In other Liverpool news, their Euro 2016 ace is on the verge of a move to relegation survivors.