The 24-year-old seems set for the exit door after a terrible first season with the Reds. He managed a paltry four goals in 28 appearances under Brendan Rodgers, and this was so bad that it seems to have put off many suitors from signing the Italy international.
However, Sampdoria, who were originally interested back in June, appear to have changed their mind over the wisdom of a move for the mercurial forward. Club owner Massimo Ferrero has been in contact with the player’s agent Mino Raiola, but is only interested in a loan deal for the striker.
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The Italian side are also looking for the Merseyside outfit to subsidise the former Manchester City man’s £100,000-a-week contract. Liverpool may be willing to do this after signing Christian Benteke, Danny Ings, and Roberto Firmino, all of whom will have pushed Balotelli further down the pecking order at Anfield.
The Reds also look set to see Fabio Borini leave the club, with Sunderland likely to be his destination [The Guardian]. Rodgers seems to be slimming down his squad after finishing a disappointing sixth in the Premier League last time round.