Poor old Mario Balotelli.
A few years ago, he was regarded as one of the best young forwards in football but this summer has proved that he is no longer a wanted man.
In fact, he’s the exact opposite of that.
Jurgen Klopp clearly doesn’t want him at Liverpool and seems desperate to offload him. But it seems there is not a single club that wants him.
Well, that is until now. It appears that fans at Palermo - or maybe just one fan - really wants their club to sign the enigmatic striker.
A banner has been hung outside their stadium which translates to ‘Balotelli in pink,” in reference to their pink home strip.
Klopp has just one week remaining in the transfer window to get rid of the player. While the German boss held out for a hefty fee for Christian Benteke, just any bid is likely to be good enough where Balotelli is concerned.
It looked as though the 26-year-old may well be heading to Serie A club Sassuolo but the club’s chief executive, Giovanni Carnevali, bluntly ruled that out instantly.
"Raiola offered us Balotelli, but we refused, he said.
Balotelli will likely be willing to return to his native country as he attempts to get his career back on track.
He joined the Merseysiders in the summer of 2014 in a £16 million move from AC Milan but only managed one goal in 16 Premier League appearances. His displays during that campaign obviously didn’t convince manager Brendan Rodgers who sent him out on loan to AC Milan for the entire season.
But it seems as though Klopp isn’t just willing to send Balotelli out on a temporary basis with him keen to remove him from the wage structure.
With just days remaining, it will certainly be interesting to see where Balotelli will be playing his football this season.
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