The Italian third tier are a surprising option for the 24-year-old, who has struggled to make an impact at Anfield. The striker scored a measly four goals in 28 appearances in his debut season, and was criticised for not fitting in to Brendan Rodgers’ high-octane style during the campaign.
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This has joined a string of failures since the Italy international came to prominence as a teenager at Inter Milan. At Manchester City and then AC Milan the forward has been unable to live up to expectations, and the Reds seem just the latest side to be duped by his undoubted ability. A fresh start could be exactly what he needs to rediscover the form that made him one of the most sought after players in Europe all those years ago.
Castelli’s honorary president, Marco Amelia, admitted they were interested.
“Our intention is to bring our friend, Balotelli, here,” he said, “A player who at this time needs to start afresh because we see that he does not want to play anymore, has fans opposing him and is no longer able to show his quality.
“For Balotelli, this could be the first step towards cleaning up his act, taking two steps back and showing everyone what he is capable of doing. I’ll try to call Mario Balotelli. On an economic point of view, we’ll see what happens. I think that at this time Mario needs to find the will he needs to compete.
“It will be tough, it will be almost impossible as it is something that football has never seen, but he could do it.”
With the arrival of Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino, and Christian Benteke this summer, it seems likely that Balotelli will find it difficult to get game time with the Merseyside club. As such a move away could be perfect for the player, but it s debatable if the lower reached of the Italian game are his best option.