Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli could be offered a way out of Anfield this summer, with Bologna’s director of sport, Pantaleo Corvino, having confirmed that he will look to buy the Italian if the price is right.
Balotelli’s unsavoury position on Merseyside has been made all the more awkward by the recent arrival of Christian Benteke for £32.5million - the Belgian became the second forward Brendan Rodgers has purchased this summer, after Danny Ings.
As a result it looks as though the former Manchester City man could be looking to leave Liverpool, though the Reds have had no concrete offers thus far.
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At one stage it was assumed that Sampdoria would try their hand at putting a proposal forward, but the Serie A side’s interest hasn’t been cemented in the form of an official bid. Newly promoted Bologna however might just steal the initiative, as Corvino has made clear.
"I would take him, he would be highly motivated here," Corvino told Corriere dello Sport, as relayed by The Independent.
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"Of course, Bologna have to respect certain financial parameters, but for the right price I would even look at the possibility of buying him outright."
It certainly looks as though Balotelli will have to move clubs this summer if he’s to restore what was once a glittering reputation.
No longer is it the bad-boy antics off the pitch that are leaving fans with doubts over his capacity for realising his reputation, it’s now the form he’s been displaying on the pitch.
Last season saw the 24-year-old find the back of the net just four times for Liverpool across all competitions, and only once in the Premier League.
Such a poor return cross-referenced with the £16m it took for Rodgers to land him from AC Milan doesn’t make for positive reading, and there could now be as many as three forwards ahead of him in the Anfield pecking order.
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It’s safe to assume Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert are of little threat to his position given that they’re looking likely to leave, but Benteke, Ings and Daniel Sturridge could be enough to keep him on the peripheries of the squad.
The latter was injured for large period of last term, but when he’s fit and firing he’s Rodgers’ most proven goalscorer.
In said circumstances Balotelli would be forgiven for taking a step back in his career. Bologna might not be able to offer him much in the way of wages or a high quality of football, but they can give him the opportunity to rebuild his name in the sport before it’s too late.
Liverpool fans, do you think Rodgers should entertain the idea of letting Balotelli leave this summer? Does he have a future at Anfield? Let us know in the comments box below.