Serie A champions Juventus are set to launch a £14 million bid to sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, despite the Italian leaving his homeland just five months ago.
The 24-year-old secured a summer move from AC Milan to Liverpool in a deal worth £16million, but since arriving in Merseyside, he has failed to impress. Balotelli has only netted twice for his new club, with none of them coming in the Premier League, and Brendan Rodgers has already lost faith in the Italian and is already willing to sell him back to Italy, according to the Daily Star.
Making 12 Premier League appearances for his new club, Balotelli has failed to net even once, leaving Liverpool way off the title-race and lacking the killer instinct they showed last season.
Rodgers's men finished last season as the highest scorers in the Premier League, netting over 100 goals, but with Luis Suarez's departure to FC Barcelona, and Daniel Sturridge being injured for most of the season, The Reds have failed to keep up their impressive scoring statistics.
Balotelli, as well as Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini, has failed to impress despite having the opportunities too due to the injury to Sturridge, and Rodgers is now ready to offload one or two of them, with Balotelli likely to leave.
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Whether the former-Manchester City striker leaves this month is still unclear, but according to reports Juventus will launch a bid to try and lure him back to Italy. It's believed the Serie A leaders will make a £14 million bid for the Italian, which is £2million less than what Liverpool paid back in August when making the deal with AC Milan.
However, due to his struggling start, Liverpool officials are said to be considering the offer.
Interest and Bids
Juve aren't the only side interested in Balotelli, with rivals Napoli also interested, as well as Greek side Olympiakos. The reports state that Juve will formally make a loan-bid in January, before making it a permanent switch in the summer if the Italian international impresses.
Balotelli enjoyed his spell in Italy with AC Milan, featuring in 56 games and scoring 26 goals.