Juventus deny interest in Liverpool striker Balotelli

Juventus have insisted they never wanted to sign Mario Balotelli before the striker left Milan for Liverpool, Sky Sports has reported.

Balotelli moved to Merseyside from the Rossoneri over the summer, having previously plied his trade in the Premier League for Manchester City. The Italy international scored 30 goals in 80 games for City, winning the title in 2011-12 and the FA Cup the year before. His return to Serie A – having previously played for Inter – saw 30 goals in 54 games for Milan.

Asked by Italian radio if Juve had been in the market for Balotelli before his switch to Anfield, the club’s director general made it clear they had not. “Balotelli? He has never been our target. We have never negotiated for him,” Beppe Marotta said.

Marotta added that Juve, who have won all three of their league games so far this season, are already thinking of signings to be made in the winter transfer window. “In January if we need to do so then we will make corrective measures,” he confirmed.

Balotelli has made three appearances so far for the Reds, scoring his first and only goal against Ludogorets in the Champions League.

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