Mario Balotelli's future has hit another snag after Bologna confirmed that they couldn't afford to sign the controversial striker.
The Liverpool player is expected to leave Anfield this summer after failing to impress during his debut season in Merseyside.
The Reds splashed out £16million on the Italian this time last year, but just one season and two goals later, Brendan Rodgers is ready to sell the striker and a move back to Italy looks the only option.
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Sampdoria are a team thought to be interested in signing the 24-year-old, but may not be able to afford any transfer fee or the player's substantial wages.
Bologna Ruled Out
Another club linked was Bologna, but their director of sport has now confirmed that a deal for Balotelli is not feasible.
Bologna's director of sport Pantaleo Corvino recently gave an interview to Italian media and he was questioned about their interest in the Liverpool striker. He confirmed that due to difference in opinions, the club couldn't finalise a deal.
Corvino stated that the club's estimations are way off so therefore no deal could be struck.
However, he did confirm he'd consider signing the striker if the price was right.
Speaking to Italian website Tuttosport, Corvino said: "Balotelli? At the right price I would take it.
"We are out of reach at the level of engagement, but who can afford certain figures is right that offers a chance of recovery to players like him.
"Our football has to try to find these talents that you are a bit lost after certain errors."
Excluded from Squad
Balotelli was left out of Liverpool's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia due to personal reasons, but it now looks like he will be left out of the squad for most of next season if he is forced to stay.
According to some reports, Rodgers has forced Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique to train away from the squad as they are not in his plans for the new campaign.
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