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Liverpool offloaded £75,000-a-week flop but shrewdly inserted 30 percent sell-on clause in deal

Liverpool allowed forward Mario Balotelli to leave on a free transfer to Nice this summer, but included a 30 percent sell-on clause in the deal.

The 26-year-old made 16 Premier League appearances for the Reds, scoring just one goal during his spell at Anfield.

Having failed to impress during his loan spell at AC Milan last season too, the future looked bleak for the Italian international with options running out for him as he didn’t have a spot in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

After training with the youth team over the summer, he was finally able to secure an escape from Merseyside before the transfer deadline by joining Nice in a permanent move.

In what is a very sensible move from Liverpool, they have covered all bases in the event that Balotelli rediscovers his best form in France and moves on for a big fee in the future, by inserting a 30 percent sell-on clause in the deal, as reported by The Independent.

The report goes on to state that the Reds have shed his £75,000-a-week salary, which will be a relief given that he was unlikely to play any sort of role for the first-team this season.

Given his history and the number of false starts he’s had in his career to date, many will doubt that Liverpool will ultimately receive a significant windfall in the coming years.

However, Balotelli simply needs the right environment and coach to perform at a high level consistently, and he’ll hope that he’s found that at Nice.

It remains to be seen whether or not it’s a successful move for him and the Ligue 1 outfit, but Liverpool have been very astute in including the clause as they await to see if the former Milan and Inter star can showcase the talent that hasn’t been on display often enough.

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