The career of Mario Balotelli is set to take another nosedive with details of his prospective move to Palermo emerging.
The vice-president of the Serie A outfit, Guglielmo Micciche, has confirmed that Palermo have offered the Liverpool striker a lifeline, giving him an opportunity to reignite his career in his homeland.
However, it will come at a considerable cost to Balotelli.
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The 26-year-old currently earns £90,000 at Anfield. Given that he hasn’t played for the club since April 2015, Liverpool are eager to get him off the wage bill.
And Balotelli is probably eager to leave, too. Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that the Italian isn’t in his plans and missing out on Euro 2016 will have hurt the forward.
But he’ll have to take a pay cut if he is to sign for Palermo. And quite a big one at that.
According to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, the Serie A club have offered Balotelli £11,000-a-week. That’s a pay cut of £79,000 each week, £4.1 million each year.
Why would Mario leave for £11,000?
Quite incredibly, Balotelli earns more than £11,000 in one day at Liverpool. For that reason, it’s easy to imagine him sticking it out on Merseyside at least until the winter transfer window.
Everybody can see that the £16m flop must leave Liverpool but no club of any real significance is willing to take a chance on him.
It could be that Palermo, who finished just one point above the relegation zone last season and kicked off the new campaign with a 1-0 defeat, is the best he can do.
But we know what we would do if we were in Balotelli’s shoes. Earning £90,000-a-week to train with the reserves is much more appealing than an £11,000-a-week offer.
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