According to reports on Tuesday, Liverpool have rejected Parma’s attempts to take out-of-favour striker Mario Balotelli back to Italy.
Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Serie A club are looking to bolster their attack for the remainder of the season, with Balotelli seen as the perfect acquisition.
It’s reported that Liverpool are not considering selling the 24-year-old this month though, and that he will remain at Anfield until the summer at least.
The controversial Italian is seemingly becoming more and more of a fringe player under Brendan Rodgers, having scored just two goals for the Reds in 18 appearances.
While it may be a story blown a little out of proportion, it once again raises question marks about both the Italian’s professionalism, and whether Rodgers was just down-playing the fact he had left him out of his squad out of choice.
Balotelli hasn’t started a game for Liverpool since early November.