Mario Balotelli wanted by three Italian clubs

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Liverpool may have held out for a hefty fee for Christian Benteke but it does not appear they are having the same luck trying to ship out Mario Balotelli.

The Italian is still on the books at Anfield but he is not part of Jurgen Klopp's plans for the season.

As of yet, Liverpool have struggled to generate much interest in the striker they paid £16 million for two years ago.

But with the closure of the transfer window rapidly approaching, three Italian teams are reportedly keen on bringing Balotelli back to the Serie A this summer.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Bologna, Lazio and Chievo could make a move before next week's September deadline.

Roberto Donadoni's Bologna are currently the favourites to land the 26-year-old's signature but are yet to make an official offer or open initial talks.

The same article also speculates that Balotelli's current annual salary of €6 million is a stumbling block for Donadoni's side and they may require Liverpool to contribute to some of his wages as part of any possible deal.

Meanwhile, any serious move from Chievo is still unlikely to develop but Lazio are eyeing up the striker as a potential replacement for Keita Balde Diao, who could leave the Stadio Olimpico.

Balotelli's current contract at Anfield runs until 2018 but it doesn't look like he will be given another opportunity to add to his measly tally of four goals for the club.

Klopp has been ruthless with his treatment of unwanted strikers and isn't prepared to waste any time on players who are not included in his long-term aspirations.

While Benteke had only experienced one tough season in Merseyside, Balotelli has made little impact on the scoresheet since the 2013/14 season and his previous misdemeanours are enough to put many potential suitors off making a bid.

Either way, Liverpool are not going to make it easy for any club who attempt to prise Balotelli away cheaply.

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Steven Gerrard
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