In regard to Jürgen Klopp’s interests at Liverpool, on-loan Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli is indeed an unwanted man at Anfield. According to latest reports, the Reds are now looking to tap into the transfer market by trying to secure a multi-million pound sponsorship deal to offload flop Balotelli.
The Italian forward has been on loan at AC Milan since August and the Reds manager has shown no interest of bringing him back, a clear indication the he doesn’t want the enigmatic Italian back at Anfield.
The 25-year-old moved on loan to AC Milan during the summer transfer window after a disappointing season at Liverpool, where he managed to score only one goal despite being signed as a to inspire Liverpool’s attacking line after the likes of Luis Suarez.
Although he was loaned to the Rossoneri to justify his goal scoring form by returning to his homeland, Balotelli has failed to reclaim his goal scoring and great attacking reputation and has battle with a hernia injury, while managing to score only two goals and starting only two league games for the Italian giants.
Balotelli’s future at Milan was questioned recently after manager Sinisa Mihajlovic criticized his lack of defensive effort after coming on a substitute during the 2-1 victory over Genoa.
His doubtable future at Milan and Liverpool gave Chinese Super League clubs a red alert and they launched their bids to sign him.
Besides, there have been regular talks with Balotelli’s representative, Mino Raiola, and the Liverpool are considerably confident to find a solution on how they can offload the 25-year-old and end his contract in the summer.
But according to latest reports, AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that Milan could make a swoop for Balotelli on a permanent basis in the summer.
“Will we sign him outright? It depends on him,” club President Berlusconi shrugged, speaking to Italia 7 Gold.
“He has extraordinary technical and physical qualities, especially if he can really show maturity in terms of his behavior in his life and his position on the pitch. He drifts out to the wings too much. If he were to do these things we’d be very happy to make a financial sacrifice and keep him here with us.”
Berlusconi then discussed the Diavolo’s aims for the season, with lifting the Coppa Italia as the number one target.
“It depends on how much the squad believes. We really want the Coppa Italia, it’d give meaning to our season and allow us to return to Europe. The second objective is to finish third. In Naples we saw that the players want to give their all. I think the Milan squad is good enough. We’ve had too many injuries this season, but we have quality players like [Jeremy] Menez, Balotelli and [Kevin-Prince] coming back, three champions Milan couldn’t count on until now.”