Sampdoria offer Mario Balotelli a Liverpool escape


Sampdoria are keen to give Mario Balotelli, 25, an escape route from the dead end his career has hit at Liverpool.

The Italian striker has been told by Jurgen Klopp that there is no future for him at Anfield and Sampdoria are the first club to make their overtures public.

Sampdoria president, Massimo Ferrero, told Il Corriere Dello Sport that “Balotelli is Balotelli’s own worst enemy. Just like [Antonio] Cassano is Cassano’s own worst enemy.

“He could relaunch his career at a passionate club like ours, but I think he’s got mixed feelings. I’ve tried to tell him to come to Samp because he’s a great talent.”

Balotelli also has offers from Turkey and China to consider. However, he is thought to prefer to stay in Serie A where he spent last season on loan. It wasn’t a resounding success, with just a solitary goal at Udinese in an injury-interrupted season.

It was a different Balotelli to the one who enjoyed two prolific seasons at the San Siro when he left Manchester City in 2012. Thirty goals in 54 appearances suggested he had finally found a home but returning to England, to Liverpool, has proven a disastrous move. His scoring mojo has disappeared with just seven goals in his last 51 games.

Mino Raiola, Balotelli’s agent, has a more difficult task finding a new home for his wayward client than others in his stable. Paul Pogba, 23, is most likely joining another of Raiola’s stars, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 28, at Old Trafford in what has been a busy summer for the Italian.


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