Lazio are willing to take the 24-year-old off Brendan Rodgers’ hands, but are only interested if they qualify for the Champions League group stages. They have to play a qualifying match to get to that part of the competition, with the Red Devils one of their possible opponents for the play off. As a result, if Louis van Gaal knocks them out, it could force their Merseyside rivals to keep the unwanted striker.
If Le Aquile do go after the Anfield flop, then they are interested in a £1.5 million loan, with a possible £12.5 million fee for a permanent move at the end. However, although this would cover most of the £16 million the Reds originally paid for the Italy international, they do want some help with his wages.
They can only afford 30% of his £80,000-a-week pay packet, meaning Liverpool could be stuck paying the other 70% if he doesn’t take a pay cut. Although this wouldn’t be perfect, it may be worth it to get rid of the mercurial forward.