Confirmed: Liverpool flop offered chance to revive career at Serie A club
By Harvey Byrne
Serie A club Crotone are exploring the possibility of signing Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli, says the club president.
Rafaele Vrenna has told Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport why he thinks the club will be a good place for the Italian striker to go to.
“How did the idea of wanting Balotelli come about? Because we have revived many players who then went back to the highest levels,” Vrenna told Gazetta dello Sport.
“Just look at the Euros where there are six players who used to play for Crotone. We could be a sort of clinic for help.
“Balotelli is a great champion and has a wealth of experience across world football but in recent years he’s not done well.”
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The 25-year-old striker had a disastrous season at the Merseyside club after signing from AC Milan for £15million back in the summer of 2014.
Balotelli rejoined the Italian giants on loan a year later, but had another wretched campaign as he only scored three goals in 23 appearances across all competitions.
He played a key-role in Italy’s Euro 2012 campaign but the 33-times-capped Italian forward also found himself left out of Antonio Conte’s Euro 2016 squad.
Balotelli’s career has seen him play for teams with title chasing aspirations in Inter Milan, Manchester City, Liverpool and AC Milan, so a transfer to recently promoted Crotone may be too much of a step down for the striker.
Liverpool will also be looking to recoup at least some of the transfer fee they originally paid for him while the controversial character’s wages may also be out of the new Serie A club’s budget.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds are ready to trigger the release clause of a former Manchester United star.