After being made to train with Liverpool’s youth team, Mario Balotelli’s exit is near.
Jurgen Klopp has told the striker to find a new club after a forgetful two-year spell on Merseyside.
And it would appear that Balotelli has done just that.
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Balotelli was sent on loan to AC Milan before Klopp arrived at Anfield but the German has no interest in keeping him around.
With Sadio Mane joining Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino among the team’s strikers, Klopp has no room for Balotelli even if he thought he could turn the Italian’s form around.
So Klopp will be pleased to hear Besiktas president Fikret Orman admit the Turkish champions are interesting in signing the 25-year-old.
According to Orman, Besiktas’ interest is replicated by Balotelli.
“Mario Balotelli is the type of footballer that our fans can associate themselves with," Orman told Turkish magazine Fanatik, per Goal. "I'm pretty sure he would attract great attention.
"To be fair, if he wasn't deemed as a trouble-maker, he wouldn't be rumoured to be joining us. But we can show some effort and create solutions for Balotelli's infamous troubles. I think he can change with the attention and care he'll receive in Turkey.
"In short, we want Mario Balotelli and he wants us too."
Champions League football
Nothing is standing in Besiktas’ way. In fact, there are likely several Liverpool fans willing to pay for Balotelli’s taxi to the airport and his flight to Turkey.
The former Manchester City player has taken to his demotion admirably, posting a photo of himself with Liverpool’s youth players on Instagram with the caption: “Still working hard with reserve team. Top quality session today with top players. #respect”.
Unfortunately for Balotelli, his form over the past few seasons has left him with little influence over his football career. It was reported that he was interested in making his stay at Milan permanent but president Silvio Berlusconi openly admitted the player’s future didn’t lie at the San Siro.
And, after scoring three goals in 23 appearances last season, that’s hardly the biggest surprise.
Still, Besiktas will play in next season’s Champions League. That’s something that Liverpool can’t boast.