Sampdoria are closing in on signing controversial striker Mario Balotelli on loan, reports the Daily Mail.
Balotelli has failed to impress since signing for Liverpool from AC Milan last summer, and according to Corriere dello Sport, the Italian is in negotiations to escape his Anfield nightmare by moving back to Italy.
The Italian striker set high expectations upon moving to Anfield, as the season prior he grabbed a prolific tally of 30 goals in 54 games for AC Milan.
Struggles in England
Although since moving to the Premier League, the 24-year old has wildly disappointed in his 15 Premier League appearances, getting on the scoresheet on only one occasion: in a 3-2 victory over Tottenham back in February.
Balotelli was phased out of first-team plans at the end of last season, and with Brendan Rodgers set to stay on as Liverpool boss next season, the Italian striker's future at Anfield doesn't look bright.
Balotelli, who has two years left remaining on his contract, is using up valuable financial resources and therefore dispatching of the Italian striker on either a loan or permanent deal looks like the wisest option for Liverpool.
While interest in Balotelli is rife amongst a number of Serie A teams, his wage bill could prove to be the biggest stumbling block in a potential transfer.
Sampdoria, who are in pole position, are interested in taking the troubled striker on a season long loan, but are only willing to do so if Liverpool subsidise the striker's contract, according to the same report.
Rodgers eyeing up new players
Liverpool disappointed last season by finishing outside the Champions League spots, and failing to grab any silverware.
Rodgers has been quick off the mark in the transfer market to set things straight for next season, as he has already signed Danny Ings on a free, as well as pursuing interest in Charlton defender Joe Gomez.
According to the Daily Mail, the Liverpool boss looks set to sell Sebastian Coates, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert, which would provide more money to launch a potential bid for Liverpool target Christian Benteke.
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