Liverpool’s transfer window has gone without any major hiccups in terms of summer incomings. However, Liverpool is struggling to sell the unwanted players within the team. Players such as Luis Enrique, Fabio Borini, and Mario Balotelli have been frozen out of the squad in hopes of finding a new club.
Liverpool’s problem is that the players such as Mario Balotelli are on wages that would be difficult to attract buyers. Loans are the most likely easiest way to transfer out these players but again, the Merseyside will not be able to make a full return of their expenditure.
Mario Balotelli is a prime example. Bought late in last year’s summer transfer market, Liverpool paid £16 million for the Italian striker.
According to The Guardian, Balotelli is in line to receive a lucrative six-figure loyalty bonus should he stay until the end of the transfer market. A financial move that could have devastating consequences in terms of Liverpool’s ability to balance the accounting books in an era of financial fair play.
“The forward’s agent, Mino Raiola, also negotiated a series of loyalty bonuses into the three-year contract (Liverpool have the sole option on a fourth year) and one will be payable should Balotelli resist a transfer before 1 September.”
Balotelli may decide to skip the financial incentive of staying at Liverpool and return to AC Milan. La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that AC Milan is ready to take back the Italian on a loan.
Mario Balotelli has been a decisive issue among Liverpool fans, but many have accepted that the controversial striker will not be involved with this Liverpool team much longer.
Another player who has been isolated by Liverpool spoke out against the current treatment of the unwanted players.
Speaking to The Guardian, José Enrique said, “I’m in a difficult position. The club have alienated Balotelli, Borini and, me. I have a year left on my contract and I imagine the club will want to sell, but I still want to stay and fight as I always have.”
“Plus in the squad here we only have one pure left-back [Alberto Moreno] and I know that if I stay I’ll play. I want to prove that some are wrong. What I think is that I will not play in a team better than this.”
Is Liverpool’s treatment of Mario Balotelli, José Enrique, and Fabio Borini unfair?
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