Liverpool have told Mario Balotelli's prospective buyers that they will pay 60% of his wages if they take him on loan for next season.
However according to the Mirror the Italian striker is digging in his heels and won't leave - because he is due a six-figure loyalty bonus if he stays put.
Balotelli has been a disaster signing for Liverpool since his arrival from AC Milan for £16 million last year. He managed just one Premier League goal - in the 3-2 win against Tottenham - and was left out of the club's pre-season tour.
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Balotelli is currently training with Liverpool's youth team and was nowhere to be seen during Liverpool's 1-0 win against Stoke on the opening day of the season.
According to the Mirror he has been told by boss Brendan Rodgers that he is surplus to requirements at Anfield and is free to find a new club, but as it stands he is going nowhere.
Lazio and Sampdoria have been linked with a loan move for the 25-year-old and Liverpool are reportedly willing to pay a large portion of his wages to make that happen. However the move has hit a snag because of Balotelli's desire to stay put and pick up his bonus.
According to the Mirror, Balotelli took a wage cut to join Liverpool to around £70,000-per-week but to soften the blow they offered him a sizeable loyalty bonus which he is now intent on picking up.
He is due to earn the bonus as soon as the transfer window closes which opens up the prospect of Liverpool being forced to keep on paying Balotelli until the January window at the earliest. Alternatively the Reds could pay him the bonus early to get him off the books.