Mancini replaced Walter Mazzarri as San Siro chief this week.
Liverpool could be handed an opportunity to shift underperforming striker Mario Balotelli off their wage bill in January by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, report the Express, with the Italian seemingly keen to bring Balotelli back to the San Siro – where the two had previously worked together at the start of Balotelli’s career.
Balotelli is yet to score a Premier League goal for Liverpool since joining the club from Inter’s bitter rivals AC Milan for a fee of £16 million this summer and, if they are able to recoup a significant amount of the fee paid, it is likely that the Reds will be willing to allow the striker to return to Serie A.
Mancini endured a tumultuous relationship with Balotelli after bringing him to the Premier League for the first time with Manchester City, although the 24 year-old’s performances at the Etihad Stadium were generally far more impressive than they have been since he moved to Anfield.
The only stumbling block to a potential deal may be the financial side of things, with Inter having taken steps to cut their wage bill and losses in the years since they won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho – but they could be willing to make an exception for a player as eye-catching as Balotelli.