Liverpool want to recoup £16 million from Mario Balotelli sale

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Liverpool are looking to shop Mario Balotelli to a Chinese club - and are looking to recoup the £16 million they paid to AC Milan for him.

The Italian striker flopped spectacularly during his spell at Anfield, managing just one goal in 16 league appearances before being shipped back to Milan on loan.

Reports have emerged over the past few days that the Italian club won't be looking to take the 25-year-old on a permanent transfer, and with boss Jurgen Klopp showing no desire of bringing him back to Merseyside, agent Mino Raiola has been instructed to find his client a new club.

Now, the Telegraph are reporting that Liverpool are hoping a buyer from China comes forward and repays most, if not all, of the fee they forked out in 2014, after a slew of big-money transfers to the far east in recent weeks.

Alex Teixeira, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Ramires and Jackson Martinez have all completed high-profile switches to Chinese clubs, and Liverpool are hoping to cash in on the flow of money from Asia before their transfer window closes.

The Telegraph adds that Liverpool are expected an offer from Turkish outfit Besiktas, but it is China that would represent the best deal, financially at least, for both club and player.

Balotelli has been criticised in Italy by Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic over his fitness levels, and the former Manchester City man has played just 10 times for his current club this term.

"I expect more from Balotelli and that will come when his fitness gets better," Mihajlovic said. "His fitness has already improved and he did what he had to do.


"But you can see that he is not the real Balotelli yet. There is still something missing physically."

Liverpool are looking to China for more than just transfer money, and it is being reported this morning that the club are sounding out investors from the Far East over the naming rights for their soon-to-be-built main stand.

The Telegraph say that Liverpool are hoping to secure a 10-year deal worth £90 million, and are in negotiations with three separate companies. The new main stand also hit the headlines when fans protested over the pricing of tickets, forcing the club to back down from their plans to charge £77 for a band of seats.

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