Liverpool “desperate” to offload Mario Balotelli this summer, China move mooted

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With AC Milan’s interest in signing Mario Balotelli on a permanent deal uncertain, Liverpool are said to be desperately searching for a buyer this summer.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 13, 2014: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Balotelli has endured a muted spell on loan with Milan, finding himself behind former Reds target Carlos Bacca in the pecking order in attack, as well as struggling to find fitness after a number of injuries.

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani recently admitted that Balotelli “convince us to keep him here,” explaining that “based on what he’s done so far, he doesn’t deserve to stay here.”

This will be a big blow to the Italy striker, who is unlikely to be welcomed back to Merseyside by new Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp favours hardworking, dynamic forwards, with the rise of Divock Origi a clear example of this, and with Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino to call upon, too, Balotelli would struggle to break into his starting selection.

For Liverpool, Milan’s standing could prove problematic, and according to the Mail, they are “desperate to attract interest” in order to shift Balotelli’s £90,000-a-week wage.

CHARLOTTE, USA - Saturday, August 2, 2014: AC Milan's Mario Balotelli in action against Liverpool during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Milan are reported to be paying a significant portion of the 25-year-old’s wages this season at £70,000 per week, but if Liverpool are forced to cover Balotelli’s full pay packet in 2016/17, their finances will take a hit.

It is even mooted that the Reds could offer Balotelli a severance package, though this would likely be worth in the region of £4.5 million.

Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning have been rumoured to hold an interest in signing Balotelli, however, with reports claiming they are willing to offer the former Man City man £230,000 a week.

This would clearly be the ideal outcome for the Reds, but whether Balotelli would be willing to make the move to China, when he would prefer to stay at the San Siro, remains to be seen.

Liverpool’s gamble in signing Balotelli in 2014 failed to pay off, despite a moderate campaign under Brendan Rodgers in 2014/15.

Unfortunately, this now leaves a club looking to move forward under Klopp having to scrap for a solution, and it is unlikely they will make a similar mistake in the transfer market this summer.

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