Mario Balotelli has been offered a permanent exit out of Liverpool by newly promoted Serie A side Crotone, after the club's president Raffaele Vrenna said he wouldn't mind signing the Reds flop, who spent the recently concluded domestic season on loan at AC Milan. The Italian forward has had a dreadful time with his former club in the Serie A and they are also unlikely to make the deal permanent.
Balotelli has been told that he has no future at the Merseyside club under Jurgen Klopp but after managing just three goals in 23 appearances in all competitions for the Italian giants, there's unlikely to be long line of suitors for the striker's services. He had a similarly disappointing campaign in his first season at Liverpool, managing just four goals all season after arriving from AC Milan for around £16m ($23m).
Crotone have secured promotion to Serie A for the first time in history after securing second place in Serie B and the president sounded ambitious when he suggested that his club are willing to sign Balotelli to help him rediscover his form after two dreadful campaigns in England and Italy.
"Will we bring a top player to Crotone? We have a good reputation for revitalising the careers of players having a difficult time," Vrenna said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"In that case, why not go for Balotelli?" the newly-promoted side's president added.
The 25-year-old striker has also been linked with summer moves to China, who are likely to continue their spending spree after signing a number of Europe-based players during the January transfer window. The Italy international has also lost his place in the national team and was not selected by manager Antonio Conte for the European Championship finals beginning in France on 10 June.