Liverpool is in the midst of offloading Italian striker Mario Balotelli. However, Liverpool has encountered difficulties doing so. In fact, the Merseyside club is resigned to taking a huge loss of the Italian’s transfer fee, with reports suggesting that Balotelli could leave for as little as £7 million.
Mario Balotelli has always been dogged by off-field controversy throughout his career. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers acknowledged that while Balotelli has been somewhat of a “problem child,” Liverpool would have been the right club to sort him out.
“We can improve him as a player and help him mature. He’s a very bright boy. He was very clever. He understood where he’s at, at this stage of his career, and he knows himself that this is probably his last chance. Time will tell. Of course it is a risk. I am not going to say it wasn’t but he knows he needs to fit into our culture. There are no big egos or ‘Big-time Charlies’ in our squad. We have got to the Champions League because we are a team.”
Despite that, Balotelli was quickly ditched in favor of Raheem Sterling starting up front in a new 3-5-2 formation that brought mixed result for Liverpool. Mario Balotelli has also been plagued with illness and injuries, although many Liverpool fans remain skeptical of his work rate since his arrival.
As such, the sale of Balotelli remains one of the decisive issues amongst Liverpool fans. While most believe that the Italian should be booted from the squad, few believe that he still has much to offer to the club.
Others also believe that Balotelli has not been given the best treatment by Brendan Rodgers. Many accuse the Liverpool manager of freezing out the 24-year-old throughout the season and the pre-season.
At the moment, the prospect of Mario Balotelli leaving Liverpool remains slim with the Italian failing to attract interest, but with plenty time left in the transfer window, Liverpool is still remaining hopeful. Bologna director of sport Pantaleo Corvino stated that Balotelli remains a target at the right price.
“Balotelli? At the right price I would take it. We are out of reach at the level of engagement, but who can afford certain figures is right that offers a chance of recovery to players like him. Our football has to try to find these talents that you are a bit lost after certain errors.”
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