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Liverpool and FC Sion negotiating over Mario Balotelli deal

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Not a day goes by, it seems, without Mario Balotelli being offered to one club or another across Europe.

In the last week alone we've heard reports of Liverpool trying to flog the Italian striker to Bologna, Sassuolo, Wolves, Ajax and even Everton - all without success.

However, with just under one week to go until the transfer window slams shut, one club has finally come out and publicly confirmed they are in negotiations to take Balotelli off Liverpool's hands for a few months at least.

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Speaking to ticinonews.ch today, via The Liverpool Echo, FC Sion president Christian Constantin confirmed the Swiss Super League side are trying to sign the 26-year-old forward.

"I can confirm that we’re speaking, negotiations are underway," Constantin said, before adding a warning.

"Of course, I can’t say now if it will be successful or not.”

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A loan move to FC Sion - a club who haven't won their domestic league since 1997 and who's stadium holds just 14,500 - wouldn't exactly be a glamorous next chapter in Balotelli's career.

However, with time running out before the window shuts, it might be the controversial Italian's best option as he faces months of training with the Liverpool reserves if he stays on Merseyside.

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Moreover, despite his recent struggles on the pitch, Balotelli would immediately become one of the biggest names in the Swiss league if he were to agree to a deal with Sion.

If he were able to hit the ground running and regain his scoring form against supposedly lesser opposition, it could provide the perfect spring board to secure a more high-profile transfer in the future.

The former Manchester City and AC Milan striker certainly appears desperate to play first team this football this season, and has been keen to show fans how hard he is working with a string of social media posts.

If he were to go on loan to Switzerland, however, he would surely have to agree to a wage cut or hope that Liverpool were willing to continue to pay a hefty chunk of his reported £80,000-per-week wages.

Clearly, there are still several stages of negotiations to complete before FC Sion can count Balotelli in their ranks.

At least, though, there is a team finally willing to show some genuine interest in the striker. That can only be a good thing, for both Liverpool and Balotelli himself.

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