Parma failed in Mario Balotelli swoop

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Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli turned down the chance of a return to Serie A, according to the Express. 

The Italian forward has struggled for form since joining the Reds from AC Milan in the summer, and has just scored once for his new employers in all competitions so far this season.

Yet despite his performances yet to justify the £16million Brendan Rodgers paid to bring him to Anfield, he reportedly turned down the chance of a return to his homeland with Parma.

Poor form

Despite his antics off the field more often than not dominating the headlines, hopes were high that Balotelli would knuckle down and fill the void left by talisman Luis Suarez’s departure to La Liga giants Barcelona.

The Uruguayan had played a key role in the Reds’ ultimately unsuccessful efforts to win a maiden Premier League title, but the £75million offered to them by Luis Enrique’s side ultimately proved too much to turn down.

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However any hopes of the maverick transforming himself have quickly been established, with his terrible and abject displays on the field seeing him fall behind Fabio Borini and Ricky Lambert in the pecking order.

Despite being in the sixth month of the season he is still yet to register a league goal, with his solitary goal in Liverpool colours coming in a narrow win over Bulgarian minnows Ludogrets in the Champions League back in November.

His struggles have seen the Reds linked with a plethora of attacking talents, with Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain a key target for Rodgers whilst the transfer window reopens this month.

Parma possibility

If reports are to be believed, then Parma offered to relieve Liverpool of his services only for the player to refuse to move to a club currently lying bottom of the Serie A table.

They have won just three of their 19 league games so far this season, and saw their hopes of staying the division experience another setback courtesy of Sampdoria who comfortably swatted them aside on Sunday.

Parma reportedly offered the player an escape from his English nightmare with a six-month loan deal, only to be declined by Balotelli who Rodgers have insisted is central to his plans and will not be sold this month.

Future return

Despite Rodgers’ insistence to the contrary, pundit and ex-Red Phil Thompson believes the club will cut their losses on Balotelli should they receive the right offer this month.

His healthy relationship with Roberto Mancini makes Inter Milan the favourites for his signature, with Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri already signing on at the San Siro over the past few weeks.

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