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Liverpool ready to sell Mario Balotelli in summer striker sale

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Liverpool will listen to offers for Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini this summer as Brendan Rodgers attempts to streamline his squad, reports The Mail.

All three strikers have failed to impressed at Anfield with Lambert and Balotelli arriving last summer for a combined fee of around £20million. Between them they have scored just three Premier League goals despite the extended absence of Daniel Sturridge.

Divock Origi will return from his loan spell at Lille in the summer while Rodgers will be in the market for a fresh face. The same report claims Radamel Falcao is an option, but after his disastrous spell at Manchester United, it is difficult to see how he would improve the Liverpool squad.

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Freeing up cash

The sale of Borini, Balotelli and Lambert will free up around £220,000 from the weekly wage bill. Borini is reported to be on £90,000-a-week while Balotelli earns £80,0000-a-week and Lambert in excess of £50,000-a-week.

Liverpool will have to take a big hit with transfer fees. Balotelli cost the Anfield club £16m to sign from AC Milan, but after a torrid season he will not attract bids of that size. Borini cost £11m to sign back in 2012 and a season on the bench has seen his value drop significantly.

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The financial hit

Sunderland came close to signing him in a £14m deal last summer, but the Italian refused to take the required pay cut to join the Black Cats on a permanent basis. He had previously spent a successful season on loan at the Stadium of Light.

Similarly, Lambert was given the chance to leave Merseyside just six months after arriving from Southampton in a £4m deal. Aston Villa made a deadline day £5m bid, giving Liverpool a surprise chance to make a profit, but Lambert rejected the deal.

Balotelli problems

There is no such interest in Balotelli as of yet. The black sheep of European football was placed on the transfer list at the beginning of last summer and it was only Liverpool who were ready to pay £16m. AC Milan had to drop the asking price from £30m to attract suitors.

While Balotelli has stayed out of trouble off of the pitch, he has failed to show anything like the potential he displayed in his early days at Inter Milan and later at Manchester City.

How much would Liverpool fans be willing to accept for Mario Balotelli? We can't see them getting anything over £10m for him, but what do you think? Give us your thoughts in the comment box below!

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