Unwanted Liverpool striker has meeting with senior Manchester United official - report
By Tom Blackburn
Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli has held an informal meeting with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to seek career advice, according to a report.
Italian website Calcio Mercato claim that Balotelli met with the manager he worked with at Inter Milan in the past few days and was advised to lower his salary demands and change his attitude.
The Sun claimed this week that Balotelli had been edging towards Pescara but the Italian minnows became the latest club to pull the plug on a deal.
Sampdoria, Chievo and Besiktas are the other clubs to have shown an interest in the striker, who has reached a crossroads in his career.
The striker is desperate to move away from Merseyside this summer, with manager Jurgen Klopp making it clear that there is no place for him in the first team set-up at Anfield.
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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.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they enter talks to hijack an Arsenal deal and the player could come as a part-exchange.