Reds may be stuck with Super Mario.
Liverpool may be struggling to get rid of unwanted striker Mario Balotelli this summer, with the Daily Star reporting that Sampdoria only want to sign him on loan, with the Reds paying the bulk of his £110,000-per-week wages.
The Italian international had a dismal first season at Anfield in 2014/15, scoring only one goal in the Premier League and struggling to make any impact in the Reds’ starting lineup.
Brought in from AC Milan to help replace departing star player Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona, it’s fair to say that Balotelli proved a big disappointment on Merseyside, even without considering the usual off-the-pitch antics associated with the former Manchester City man.
Despite a career laden with controversy, Balotelli always looked an impressive talent in Serie A, shining for both AC Milan and Inter Milan, and also looking a good prospect in his short stay at the Etihad Stadium.
Still, after this dreadful campaign, clubs are now showing far more caution over recruiting him again, with Liverpool looking unlikely to find buyers for the 24-year-old before the start of next season, despite the Star claiming there is some interest from Sampdoria.
A move for Balotelli to join the Italians on loan for the season without getting his hefty pay packet of the wage bill will not particularly appeal to Liverpool as they look to rebuild after a disappointing season overall, which saw them finish outside of the top four in the Premier League and fail to win any silverware.