Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has finally seemed to have found a suitor in the transfer market. The Reds have been reportedly trying very hard to offload the striker, who they signed for £16 million in 2014, but have failed to find any potential suitor in the market.
However, Serie A club Sampdoria have expressed their willingness to take a pun on the controversial striker. Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has claimed that Balotelli, like Antonio Cassano, could relaunch his career at the Serie A club.
“Balotelli is Balotelli’s own worst enemy,” Ferrero told Il Corriere dello Sport (via Sky Sports). “Just like [Antonio] Cassano is Cassano’s own worst enemy.
“He’s a great player who’s stuck back in the 1960s, stuck in the days of ‘Sapore di sale’ [a classic Italian song about relaxing on the beach].
“He could relaunch [his career] at a passionate club like ours, but I think he’s still got mixed feelings. I’ve tried to tell him to come to Samp because he’s a great talent.”
Balotelli spent last season on loan with his former club AC Milan but managed to score only one goal in 20 league appearances. His agent Mino Raiola has also offered his client to the clubs in China and Turkey, but Italy seems likely to be his next destination.
Meanwhile, the Reds could renew their interest in former target Alex Teixeira. Italian publication Calciomercato claims that the Brazilian has found it hard to adjust in China following his move to Jiangsu Suning in January and could be set for a return to Europe this summer.
His representatives have reportedly approached Inter Milan regarding the availability of the 26-year-old in the transfer market. Suning’s owners control a stake in Inter and that could factor in any potential transfer.
The Reds were hugely interested in the player during the January transfer window, and they could again make a move for him if he becomes available in the transfer market.