Sampdoria Set To Offer Liverpool A Mario Balotelli Escape Route

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High flying Serie A side could look to bring the flop forward back to Serie A in January.

Liverpool could be set to be offered a way of offloading flop striker Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window, with the Express reporting that high flying Serie A outfit Sampdoria are considering the enigmatic Italian as a replacement for attacking duo Stefano Okaka and Manolo Gabbiadini, both of whom are expected to attract significant interest.

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Sampdoria have been one of Serie A’s surprise packages this season under the management of former midfielder Sinisa Mihajlovic, as they lie fifth but in real competition with Rafa Benitez’s Napoli and local rivals Genoa for the final Champions League place that is in offer to teams from Italy.

Former Roma striker Okaka and exciting young forward Gabbiadini have been at the heart of the club’s rise back to the top of Italian football, with both having been in fine form for Mihajlovic so far this season – the kind of form that is bound to attract bigger suitors in January.

The club’s controversial president Massimo Ferrero is believed to be looking at contingency plans, however – with Balotelli representing one of them, although it is unlikely that Sampdoria could match the wages that Balotelli is currently earning at Anfield.

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